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The Best Kept Secret at George Brown's Chef School

Posted by Lauren / January 31, 2009

20090131-George Brown Chef SchoolNo, it's not the next Susur Lee or some other culinary prodigy - it's something even better and far more accessible.

The Tastes of Tomorrow culinary club is a student-run initiative that hosts lectures, demonstrations, tastings and field trips throughout the school year. But it's not just for students aspiring to be chefs - it's open to anyone to join ($35 for the year, or single events for $10).

An artisanal cheese tasting with Ruth Klahsen from Monforte Dairy Company, a discussion about the Slow Food movement in Toronto, a wine tasting with VQA winery Henry of Pelham, Ontario made prosciutto from Niagara Food Specialties, and foraged goodies from Forbes Wild Foods were just a few of the events I was able to take part in last year.

Tastes of TomorrowLast June, we all hopped on a bus and headed out to the Kawartha Lakes region to visit three organic farms: the Stoddart Family Farm, Grassroot Organics and Zehr's Farm Fresh Produce and Bakery. For lunch we made a pit stop at Eganridge Inn, where Chef Steve Moghini offered up the best of what the local foodshed had to offer.

And this year has seen more stellar events, including an evening with the Healthy Butcher (an organic butcher shop on Queen West), Howard Dubrowsky (Toronto Chef, writer and food stylist) and ShaSha Bread Company (a Toronto based organic artisan bakery).

Upcoming events to consider checking out:

Feb 11/2009:
Canadian Cheese - An evening with Chef, author, Canadian Food Ambassador and artisanal cheese expert Gurth Pretty

Feb 18/2009:
The Teas of Ceylon - A tea tasting with organic, fair trade tea merchant Ronald Francis of Oikos Teas

Mar 25/2009:
Red Rocket Coffee: Fair Trade coffee and dessert tasting

Tastes of Tomorrow events are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm, room 112 at the George Brown Chef School (300 Adelaide Street East). You can RSVP for events through their Facebook group.

Photos by Lauren Wilson and christinewalker1416



Matt / January 31, 2009 at 10:35 am
I have been to an event with the Tastes of Tomorrow and it was fantastic. I didn't know you could sign up for an annual membership. $35 for the year is a great deal. Thanks for posting!
Ry-Tron / January 31, 2009 at 11:32 am
(going off on a tangent here...) Gotta say that the actual George Brown restaurant is wayyyy over-priced. Went there, asked for a take-away menu and for a bunch of students who're still learning, the premium you pay is way too effin' high.
Teena in Toronto / January 31, 2009 at 04:56 pm
Sounds like fun!
Laura / January 31, 2009 at 07:33 pm
prosciutto is my favourite. Sooo delicious.
Paul / February 3, 2009 at 08:27 pm
How many events do you get for $35?
Lauren / February 3, 2009 at 08:31 pm
@ Paul
Usually between 10-15.
Sil / February 5, 2009 at 10:06 am
I didn't know about this event. $35.00 for the year for 10 - 15 events is very well priced. Sounds like alot of fun and very informative.
steve / February 10, 2009 at 09:21 am
What kind of room capacity do you have, do these events ever sell out?
Ariel / March 5, 2009 at 03:17 pm
Will these events continue through the summer and will they always be on Wednesdays?
Lauren / March 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm
The events run until the end of the school year (April). During the summer there is typically one farm field trip and no it does not necessarily happen on a Wednesday.
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