HomeEcNight #27: Jam Session

Here we go again – it’s time to announce another HomeEcNight!

The theme this month is:

HomeEcNight #27: Jam Session

After 3 packed HomeEcNights (Hot Sauce Tasting, Craft Beer Salon and our Pickle Party), we’re pumped to announce our next pop-up: Jam Session!

Come to Hi-Lo Bar (Queen East, Toronto) on the evening of Wednesday, April 30th for a night of jam tasting, chatting, jam cocktails and $5 food.

We dig jam. And we’re excited that summer is so close – yet it’s so far when it comes to local fruit.  Come and meet some of our professional jam-making friends:

Each of them will have samples of their small-batch jam for you to sample.  There will also be:

  • jam cocktails made by Emily and Hi-Lo
  • $5 food from the team at Table 17 (who are partners with HiLo)
  • We’ll be there to chat about making your own as well.
  • A friendly crowd and lots of jam lovers

This is an informal night, there’s no talk or lecture or anything like that. We’re bringing together some great people we thought you’d be interested in meeting, so come out and have a pint, sample some jam and celebrate the early days of spring with us!.

Although you don’t have to RSVP it really helps us plan for the evening, helps reduce waste and allows us to know when to stop promoting to try and stop the bar from overcrowding and helps us keep this event free.  You can RSVP on Uniiverse here.

PS. Are you a blogger looking for content? If you’d like to request an interview with any of our guests, let us know (hello@wellpreserved.ca) and we’ll do our best to arrange a meeting prior to the event so you can get your story and then enjoy the event with every one else! HomeEcNight #27: Jam Session

HomeEc 26 (Get Pickled) Recap

Thank you to all who came out to HomeEcNight last night!  We had an amazing time and hope that each of you did as well!

What is HomeEcNight?  It’s our monthly (and sometimes more frequent) pop-up.  Each event has a theme; last night we had a pickle theme.  Participants packed into Toronto’s HiLo bar and celebrated everything pickled!

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Recap: HomeEc 25 and Craft Beer Salon

HomeEc 25: Craft Beer Salon has now wrapped up and we’re pleased to share what a great time we all had!  More than 100 people braved the sub-zero temperatures to come out ‘on a school night’ and participate in a great night celebrating craft beer and some awesome beer projects from our community.

We have to start with a giant thanks to our sponsor, Kensington Brewing Company who helped make the night possible.  Brock and Dave (the owner and head brewer of Kensington) were amazing partners who brought a one-off cask (it was emptied in less than 40 minutes!) and a great demo; they brought 5 different types of hops for people to check out (Fuggle, Sorachi Ace, Amarillo, Citra, Centennial).

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HomeEc #25: Craft Beer Salon

A Night for the Beer-Curious

After our hot sauce tasting drew more than 90 people

Do you like beer?  Want to learn more about it while sharing pints with friends?  This is going to be a fun night celebrating beer and offering you a chance to try something unique and meet a bunch of passionate beer lovers who want to share what they love about beer!

This is also our first sponsored HomeEc.  We asked our friends at Kensington Brewing Company if they’d consider sponsoring the event and they jumped at the opportunity.  They’ve been long-time supporters of WellPreserved and their sponsorship is making this night possible for us to put on.

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ReCap: HomeEc 24: Hot Sauce Tasting

Wednesday night was our re-launching of HomeEc (and the 24th event in the series).  The new format removes the potluck element and moves the evening to a Wednesday while it retains it’s casual vibe and continues to offer people a chance to try new things and meet new people.

More than 90 people showed up for our hot sauce tasting!  They were treated to 11 differenet locally made hot sauces (7 from No. 7, 3 from SupiCucu and 1 from Dana and I).  The fine folks at Hi-Lo offered ribs for $5 (which sold out and were replaced by baked chicken wings) as well as cocktails and shooters made with hot sauce and jalapeno peppers.

No.7 and SupiCucu shared sauces that aren’t available to the public (as did we – with the premiere of our 24 bottle batch of Double Dragon).

People were fantastically friendly; many people shared with me that meeting people was a highlight of their evening.

People tried free samples of hot sauce and stayed warm from the bitter cold that was just out the window.  The night ended by giving away 5 prize packs and and a few glasses of water.

We’ll be announcing the next event on Monday but a keen eye can find most of the details now at www.homeecnight.com

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2014: HomeEc Night and More Events Just Launched

It’s a New Year and we’re thrilled to kick off some entirely new events – and we’ve re-vamped some of our trusted ones!

This is the official launch of our new event page: www.HomeEcNight.com and the announcing of 3 new events in the coming month including “Home Ec,  Hot Sauce”.

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Recap: PreserveSwap in Toronto (HomeEc #23!)

We had our 23rd version of HomeEc on Monday, November 25th.  The monthly theme was: Preserve Swap.

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.

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5 Reasons (Not) to Come to our Preserve Swap

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:

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Preserve Swap Toronto – November 25th, 2013 (HomeEc #23)

It’s time for our fourth preserve swap!

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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?


HomeEc – A Different Kind of Month (and Different Date) for September

In Toronto?  We’re hosting an informal get together Friday night.  We’re thinking of it as the “TEDx after, after party.”  Or, “the after, after, hangout and just chill for a bit after a crazy few months!”

HomeEc is our monthly gathering of friends, strangers and others.  It’s an excuse to get together and we often turn it into a potluck.  It’s generally on the last Monday of the month at our friends bar (The Handlebar) in Kensington Market.  We’ve generally got a rocking poster and a theme to center everything on.  We even have friend host a ‘twin’ event in Columbus, Ohio.

This month we’re changing everything.

HomeEc   A Different Kind of Month (and Different Date) for September TEDxToronto

We’ve decided that, due to the hectic nature of this month, we’re gonna make it easy on ourselves and take some time to kick back on Friday night.  We’re inviting people to our friends Coffee shop (who’s fully licensed) and we’re going to have a casual night celebrating the completion of the TEDxToronto talk and relax for the night.  No need to bring anything, no theme, just a good group of people; all are welcome.

If you come out, say hi.  You’re welcome to hang on your own or we’ll introduce you to others as well.  Nothing formal about this night, it’s a essentially a night at the pub.

Here’s the plan:

When: Friday, September 27, 2013.  8:00 PM or later (there’s no formal ending time; if it’s a slow evening, we’ll pack up early – otherwise we may stick around for a while).Where: F’Coffee.  641 Queen Street East (just East of the Don Valley Parkway)
What: The bar will be open and selling beverages.

Hope to see you there!

Rachel and Kate have decided to move on from HomeEc in Columbus for now.  We’re still friends and I adore them both of course; I know how much work it is to get these things going and they’ve decided to focus on other things right now with our total support.  There will be a regular HomeEc in Toronto on the last Monday of October, so stay tuned if you’re looking for that (rumor has it that we may be bringing a swap back).