Like our other swaps, this was a madhouse. 48 people showed up to trade preserves. Some brought 1-2 jars while others brought cases. Yes, cases.
Our preserve swap is this Monday (November 25th)! It’s our last swap of 2013 and we’re hoping to make it a wild night!
If you’ve never been to a preserve swap before, there might be some uncertainty around the event. In today’s post I hope to share 5 common reasons people hesitate and hope to share my perspective on each:
It’s time for our fourth preserve swap!
We leaked the news on facebook and in our newsletter and now’s the time for the official announcement; we’ll be swapping preserves on November 25th (2013) at The Handlebar in Kensington Market!
What’s a preserve swap? It’s a chance to take something you’ve made for your pantry and swap it with others. Generally the swapped items are canned goods but we’ve had people show up with kimchi, maple water, sourdough starter, dehydrated foods, sauerkraut, bacon and other preserves!
There’s no fee and no minimum or maximum amount. We’ve had people show up with a few cans – and others with a few cases (literally).
When you show up (the event starts at 8:00), you lay out your preserves, order a beverage the the bar (our friends at The Handlebar) and check out the bounty others brought. It’s a great opportunity to chat to others, learn about what they’ve made and see what you are interested in. Around 9:00 we’ll announce the start of swapping and the bar will become a flurry of trades and swaps! There will be a standard waiver (acknowledging that you are trading home-made food with friends as opposed to food made in a commercial setting).
This will be our fourth swap – the previous 3 swaps have seen more than 2,000 total preserves exchange hands! If you don’t have anything to swap, you’re more than welcome to come out and see the types of things others preserve and it’s a great opportunity to ask others about preserving!
You don’t have to RSVP but if you want a reminder, you can stay in touch through our FaceBook event page.
If you’re curious what past events have been like, these posts will help:
We hope to make this the biggest and best yet – will we see you there?
It’s time for another pop-up event – HomeEc #20 is August 26th!
You’re welcome (but not required) to being a food item to share with others. Each month has a different theme to inspire each other; this month the theme is “Food and Films.” We’re going to try to project some famous foodie flicks and I’m sure there will be some good nature banter on trying to choose the best food films of all time.
At the end of the day, HomeEc is an excuse for people to get together, chat about food and meet others who share similar interests. We hope to see you there!
Do you have memories of band camp? Art camp? Any other camp? Are you yearning to release said memories and need an occasion to do so? Your day of reckoning (or reminiscing) is almost at hand:
On Monday, July 29th we’re hosting a pop-up event inspired by summer camp. We’ll be hosting the Toronto event at The Handlebar (Kensington Market) and our friends Rachel and Kate will be hosting at City Folks Farm Shop in Columbus, Ohio. Both locations kick off around 8:00PM!
HomeEc is an excuse to gather the community, share a beverage (and all are welcome to bring food to share) and share conversation. The nights are informal and fun gatherings.
Don’t be too worried about the theme – but if you’re looking for ideas and want to make something, here’s a few of my memories related to camp food:
- trail mix
- baked apples
- baked potatoes (often done in the fire!)
- Orange wedges
If you’re looking for more ideas or if you want to be reminded of the event, join the Facebook event page and we’ll share updates as the event comes closer.
We hope to see you there! If you need to know anything about the evening, check out our archive of HomeEc events or ask a question in the comments!
It’s almost time for another HomeEc!
Not sure what that means? WellPreserved hosts a monthly gathering (usually a potluck) where a bunch of strangers gather together, share food and friendship. Dana and I host the Toronto event (at The Handlebar in Kensington Market) and Kate and Rachel host their version in Columbus, Ohio.
The Columbus location has changed – Kate will be sharing the details this morning on her blog Kate, on the Way.
Each event has a different theme – this month’s theme is:
What the heck is picnic? Show up with something to share that’s inspired by the idea of having a picnic. We’re not too serious about rules and we have all levels of cooks so don’t be shy!
If you’ve never been to a HomeEc, we really hope you’ll come out. There’s a friendly stable of regulars and several new people too. We’ll be the best hosts we can be and make sure that you get to meet some fun people and interact with a community of fun people who love food. If you’re really nervous about making something (and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches definitely count!) just show up to your first event and check it out.
The event is next Monday (June 24th) and starts at 8:00PM.
Dana and I have just returned from an unbelievable month of travel. After visiting Spain together, Dana got to sneak a few days in London; Joel had a business trip in Dallas and we visited Nashville together. We don’t usually travel this much these days so it was an exciting month; but we’re thrilled to be home in time for the start of planting/ gardening seasons and for the start of many Farmer’s Markets too!
We’re also excited about HomeEc! HomeEc is a non-competitive food event that’s often a potluck attended by a group of strangers. Each month has a different theme and it’s an excuse to meet people, share food and conversation. It’s generally held on the last Monday of the month. You can see an archive of the events here.
Our theme for this month revisits the theme from HomeEc #1 – it’s time to make some Bar Snacks!
Ahhh, this was a bittersweet evening. It was our final Home Ec at The Avro. It was also our 15th event there (two HomeEc events were moved over the last 18 months and our first preserve swap, which predated HomeEc, was hosted there).
We had a great night. I am always thrilled to see a great mix of regular attendees alongside newcomers.
Pat and Jesse brought these awesome single-serve Shepherd’s Pies:
We’re a few days away from this month’s HomeEc (although it’s normally the last Monday of the month, it’s early this month). It’s our last HomeEc at The Avro (which is, sadly, closing) but we’ll be moving to The Handlebar next month. Of course there’s also a HomeEc event happening at the Rehab Tavern in Columbus, Ohio this Monday too (hosted by the amazing combo of Kate and Rachel).
If you’ve never been to HomeEc, it’s a monthly food event which is typically a food swap or a potluck with a theme. It’s a non-competitive event and focused on community, friendship and sharing food. This month’s theme, to honour the closing of our favorite watering hole, is comfort food.
HomeEc #15 was bittersweet: bitter because it fell on the day that The Avro announced it was closing its doors forever and sweet because the theme was Maple.
The Avro have been amazing hosts to our Toronto version of HomeEc and have given us countless memories. We’ll be sad to see them go and want to send them off in style – so we’ve moved the date of the next Home Ec to April 15th so we can send her off in style (the new date also applies to our partners in Columbus who will be hosting the event at The Rehab Tavern as always!).
To commemorate her passing, we changed our originally planned theme for the month: