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Stasis Local Foods

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on December 9, 2011

statis local foodsStasis Local Foods is all about eating locally all year round. That is, eating locally all year round without forgoing some of your favourite, though out-of-season foods.

So, while you may not be able to bite into a sweet Ontario-grown peach in March, for example, you can still have that "peach" experience through Stasis' peach chutney. Same goes for pears via its pear and garlic chutney, and for watermelon through its watermelon rind preserve. Stasis takes local, in-season Ontario produce, and turns them into preserves (without using commercial pectin or artificial additives) that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Now if only there was some way to jar a pint on a summer patio.

statis local foodsJulian Katz is the once-nomadic preserver who has opened the new local food shop on Roncesvalles by Dundas. "I was borrowing my friends' kitchens," he tells me when I ask about the lead-up to Stasis' opening. "Previously I had been working in a chef role at various restaurants around Toronto. A friend of mine got me into the Brick Works, and I finally decided to quit my job in January."

statis local foodsSince then, Julian has been preserving full-time, hopping from kitchen to kitchen before settling into his own. "I was looking all over the city, but this space is just beautiful. And there's lots of room to grow."

statis local foodsThe spread at Stasis' is still in its infancy, but less than a week open it already offers an assortment of Julian's own jams, spreads, and other preserves. Ranging from $6-$8 based on volume (~250ml) and variety, Julian tells me about his no-sugar-added apple butter ($6), sweet pepper relish ($8), and his onion chutney ($7), which I can smell brewing from the back kitchen. It has a savoury, slightly sweet aroma, though I'm certain it will linger on my coat for the rest of the day. Such is the price for onion preserve, I suppose.

statis local foodsJulian's networking with local Ontario farmers has connected him with other local producers, the products of which are also available at Stasis. They include crackers, honey, maple syrup, and cheeses, all locally prepared and well-suited to preserves. Julian says he plans to bring in more fresh, local produce, as well as expand his offerings to include prepared foods and snacks.

statis local foods"I still plan on doing wholesale," Julian says, "and I'm at the St. Lawrence Farmers Market each week."

"But what I have will change based on what I can get my hands on."

Stasis (which, Julian tells me, is the Greek word for "without movement," hence the year-round connection) is now open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

statis local foodsPhotos by Christian Bobak



AV / December 9, 2011 at 10:15 am
This place looks fantastic, will be checking it out over the weekend. And FINALLY the ridiculous pizza place that was previously in this location is gone... (25$ to bake your own pie at home lol)
Capucine / December 9, 2011 at 10:35 am
Amazing! This looks spectacular, I'm going to go this weekend and stock up for all the upcoming holiday parties.
Rachel / December 9, 2011 at 10:44 am
I tried several of his preserves at the UofT farmers' market. His stuff is delicious. Good job surviving the summer markets and opening your own place!
Ed replying to a comment from AV / December 9, 2011 at 11:55 am
I loved that Pizza place - location was horrible. I hope it re opens a little further down Roncy
Goods / December 9, 2011 at 01:50 pm
The storefront and website go by the name "Stasis", yet the article keeps spelling it "StaTis." C'mon BlogTO!
adamalltogether / December 9, 2011 at 02:10 pm
Went in and grab some delicious smoked bacon here; super nice dude behind the counter and the bacon made a great day even better!
Siqi / December 9, 2011 at 03:05 pm
Hey Julian!
Robyn replying to a comment from Goods / December 9, 2011 at 03:11 pm
Oops, my mistake! This has now been corrected.
Riki / December 9, 2011 at 03:21 pm
Thanks Goods - I was surprised to see they didn't have a website - but turns out the address was wrong. The article is missing some pertinent details - I was only able to figure out where this was by the first post that identified the location as the previous 'make your own pizza place' .. Which I knew was on Dundas .. at which point I was able to search the page for location info (which is rather discretely placed on the side) you might want to add a title to this box that says 'Address'
Goods replying to a comment from Robyn / December 9, 2011 at 03:38 pm
Thanks Robyn!
Sweetpea's / December 9, 2011 at 09:47 pm
He's cute to boot! Welcome to the 'hood! - Sweetpea's Girls
serge MASSONNEAU / December 11, 2011 at 01:34 pm
bonjour Julian
what a surprise when we received this web page thanks to Quentin ! It's great to see you standing in your own shop, proposing such good things to eat or to drink , hope you'll develop it all over the world. When do you launch a new shop in Cournon d'Auvergne or in Lancieux ?

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