October: Pulses

You can sprout your pulses!
You can sprout your pulses!
Spices for lentil curry
Spices for lentil curry
Spice mix
Spice mix
Fragrant curry
Fragrant curry
Go backcountry hiking with this meal
Go backcountry hiking with this meal
Recipe & chopping fun
Recipe & chopping fun
How do you deseed a pomegranate?
How do you deseed a pomegranate?
Cut in half, give a good many whacks
Cut in half, give a good many whacks

September: Coffee

A delicious September potluck
A delicious September potluck
Coffee Talk with Vania
Coffee Talk with Vania
Vania shares what coffee is
Vania shares what coffee is
First you measure out your beans
First you measure out your beans
Beans are measured!
Beans are measured!
This batch was too coarse
This batch was too coarse
Then you grind the beans
Then you grind the beans
Then it's time to brew!
Then it's time to brew!

July: Zero Waste

Lots to learn!
Lots to learn!
Beyond cloth bags...
Beyond cloth bags...
Rethink!
Rethink!
Kale & black bean salad
Kale & black bean salad
Black fungus & zucchini
Black fungus & zucchini
Deluxe coleslaw
Deluxe coleslaw
Corn & beets, topped with nasturtium
Corn & beets, topped with nasturtium
A few zero-waste benefits
A few zero-waste benefits

June: Herbal Vinegar + Oil

New & old friends mingle
New & old friends mingle
Amelie's strawberry/basil lemonade!
Amelie's strawberry/basil lemonade!
Cherries in the salad
Cherries in the salad
Zucchini noodle salad
Zucchini noodle salad
Welcome to The Food Connection
Welcome to The Food Connection
Smiley introductions
Smiley introductions
Let's get some food
Let's get some food
Another beautiful potluck
Another beautiful potluck

May: Lebanese Cooking

30 old and new friends gathering
30 old and new friends gathering
Baba Ganouj
Baba Ganouj
Pork, squash and Asian greens
Pork, squash and Asian greens
Lebanese cookbooks and flag
Lebanese cookbooks and flag
Majid our great workshop leader
Majid our great workshop leader
Having fun with folks of all ages
Having fun with folks of all ages
Collaboration = community!
Collaboration = community!
Authentic humus: more tahini!
Authentic humus: more tahini!

April: Wildcrafting

Wildcrafting aids
Wildcrafting aids
Wildcrafter's library
Wildcrafter's library
Turkey tails and other treasures
Turkey tails and other treasures
Dried mushrooms, nettles
Dried mushrooms, nettles
Yay The Food Connection!!
Yay The Food Connection!!
Ayira's Fatoush dish
Ayira's Fatoush dish
Another great spread
Another great spread
Yummy corn bread
Yummy corn bread

March: Community Growing Social

DIY Buddha Bowls!
DIY Buddha Bowls!
Wheat berries
Wheat berries
Sprouts
Sprouts
Fermented chickpeas
Fermented chickpeas
Glory Bowl Dressing
Glory Bowl Dressing
Muhammara Dip
Muhammara Dip
Raspberry brownies!
Raspberry brownies!
Full house and table
Full house and table

February: Indonesian Cooking

Great spread of food and friends!
Great spread of food and friends!
As usual people outdo themselves
As usual people outdo themselves
Friendly introductions
Friendly introductions
Indonesian lontong (rice cake snack)
Indonesian lontong (rice cake snack)
Emil & Idris share cooking tips
Emil & Idris share cooking tips
Idris warns the sambal is HOT!
Idris warns the sambal is HOT!
Time to put the teens to work!
Time to put the teens to work!
Everyone helps out, of course
Everyone helps out, of course

January: Emergency Preparedness

Disaster simulation: no lights!
Disaster simulation: no lights!
Almost a romantic yoga studio vibe
Almost a romantic yoga studio vibe
We kept the potluck healthy at least
We kept the potluck healthy at least
Don't expect this in a real disaster
Don't expect this in a real disaster
Serving and eating in half-light
Serving and eating in half-light
Sitting on sleeping bags & blankets
Sitting on sleeping bags & blankets
Creating a campfire mood
Creating a campfire mood
Lots of laughter in the dark!
Lots of laughter in the dark!

November: International Holiday Feast

Edible festive decorations!
Edible festive decorations!
Friends are welcomed with hot cocoa
Friends are welcomed with hot cocoa
Food Feast: Cheese cookies,
Food Feast: Cheese cookies,
Edwin's Bacalao tuna dish,
Edwin's Bacalao tuna dish,
healthy roasted veggies,
healthy roasted veggies,
Sondi's vegan latkes,
Sondi's vegan latkes,
Jesse & Brett's festive barley salad
Jesse & Brett's festive barley salad
Patrick's yummy cheese biscuits,
Patrick's yummy cheese biscuits,

October: Slow Cookers

Delicious slow-cooked and fresh food
Delicious slow-cooked and fresh food
Crystal's chicken stew
Crystal's chicken stew
Slow cooked bean chilli
Slow cooked bean chilli
Sharon's slow cooked lentil soup
Sharon's slow cooked lentil soup
Main feature: pulled pork
Main feature: pulled pork
Rice pudding for dessert
Rice pudding for dessert
Workshop Station 1:
Workshop Station 1:
Create your own slow cooker recipe!
Create your own slow cooker recipe!

September: Freezer Jam

Let's start jammin'!
Let's start jammin'!
66 lbs of grapes to work with
66 lbs of grapes to work with
A lot of sugar to work with too!
A lot of sugar to work with too!
Gettin' grapey
Gettin' grapey
The big immersion blender comes out!
The big immersion blender comes out!
Blending the grape seeds & skin
Blending the grape seeds & skin
Everyone gets a try
Everyone gets a try
Immersing ourselves in grapes (haha)
Immersing ourselves in grapes (haha)

Photos by Johnny Liu

August: Summer Drinks

We begin with a mocktail bar!
We begin with a mocktail bar!
Ken adds apple bitters to the drink
Ken adds apple bitters to the drink
Ginger beer, bitters, lemon, mint!
Ginger beer, bitters, lemon, mint!
The Food Connection bar :)
The Food Connection bar :)
Gloria's polenta potluck dish
Gloria's polenta potluck dish
Nicola's broccoli hazelnut salad
Nicola's broccoli hazelnut salad
Our bitters library!
Our bitters library!
Tom leads with his bitters workshop
Tom leads with his bitters workshop

Photos by Johnny Liu

July: Creative Kitchen Challenge

Get ready for the Kitchen Challenge!
Get ready for the Kitchen Challenge!
Meghan presents her Kitchen Rules
Meghan presents her Kitchen Rules
Friends begin to arrive (with hugs)
Friends begin to arrive (with hugs)
Eyeing the pantry goodies
Eyeing the pantry goodies
Revealing the 3 secret ingredients!
Revealing the 3 secret ingredients!

Squash, onion and black beans

Head Chef Bridget gets an apron
Head Chef Bridget gets an apron
Ayira & Nancy grab pantry items
Ayira & Nancy grab pantry items
The room erupts in chopping chaos
The room erupts in chopping chaos

Photos by Jenny van Enckevort

June: Veggie Burgers

Great turnout for veggie burgers!
Great turnout for veggie burgers!
Ida & Anissa
Ida & Anissa
Kimberly & little Noah
Kimberly & little Noah
Meghan's delish squash noodles
Meghan's delish squash noodles
Whitewater Burgers to taste
Whitewater Burgers to taste
Cute little veggie slider
Cute little veggie slider
Now it's time to make some together
Now it's time to make some together
Lourdes & Ron teaming up
Lourdes & Ron teaming up

Photos by Jenny van Enckevort

May: Chicken

Whole roasted chickens, ready to go!
Whole roasted chickens, ready to go!
Andrew starts by talking soup stock
Andrew starts by talking soup stock
Handling carcasses like nobody's biz
Handling carcasses like nobody's biz
The first brave warriors
The first brave warriors
Chicken trussing party!
Chicken trussing party!
Friends start trussing left & right
Friends start trussing left & right
Chicken teamwork
Chicken teamwork
Awesome skills being learned
Awesome skills being learned

Photos by Johnny Liu

April: Bread

Get ready for carbs!
Get ready for carbs!
Yannick's no-knead bread
Yannick's no-knead bread
Alison's Gluten-free Bread
Alison's Gluten-free Bread
Matt's olive no-knead bread
Matt's olive no-knead bread
L-R Gluts-free, Danish rye, No Knead
L-R Gluts-free, Danish rye, No Knead
These ladies are excited for bread!
These ladies are excited for bread!
Many bread spreads
Many bread spreads
The baker at work
The baker at work

Photos by Johnny Liu & Jenny van Enckevort

March: Tea Exploration

Sample of looseleaf contributions
Sample of looseleaf contributions
Another delicious potluck
Another delicious potluck
Show + Tea: Sharing what we brought
Show + Tea: Sharing what we brought
Preparing ingredients for brewing
Preparing ingredients for brewing
Chocolate mint, vanilla, orange peel
Chocolate mint, vanilla, orange peel
Fun & easy experimentation!
Fun & easy experimentation!
Blending up a storm
Blending up a storm
Perfect way to spend a rainy evening
Perfect way to spend a rainy evening

Photos by Shirley Soo & Katherine Allen

February: Japanese Home Cooking

The whole gang
The whole gang
We want you!
We want you!
Dashi is delicious!
Dashi is delicious!
Greens are good for you!
Greens are good for you!
Four cooks in the kitchen
Four cooks in the kitchen
Chopping away
Chopping away
Cleanup is key
Cleanup is key
Laughter's the best medicine
Laughter's the best medicine

January: Dumplings

Megan & Kevin from Hua Foundation
Megan & Kevin from Hua Foundation
Big hungry crowd
Big hungry crowd
Local pork from Windsor Meat
Local pork from Windsor Meat
Tenderizing master!
Tenderizing master!
Chopping fun
Chopping fun
Easy filling: cabbage, onion, pork
Easy filling: cabbage, onion, pork
Make sure it's all finely chopped
Make sure it's all finely chopped
Next step, seasonings
Next step, seasonings

November: Pickling

Starting the last event of the year!
Starting the last event of the year!
Another successful potluck
Another successful potluck
Jenny gets down to business: pickles
Jenny gets down to business: pickles
Prepping veg for pickled antipasto
Prepping veg for pickled antipasto
Let's get this in the oven
Let's get this in the oven
Roasting veg!
Roasting veg!
Another amazing face captured
Another amazing face captured
Sniffing spices
Sniffing spices

October: Kimchi

Part 1: Community Food Dialogue
Part 1: Community Food Dialogue
What makes a healthy food community?
What makes a healthy food community?
Input for Mt Pleasant food map
Input for Mt Pleasant food map
Part II: Amazing potluck!
Part II: Amazing potluck!
Part III: Kimchi Workshop!
Part III: Kimchi Workshop!
Salted napa cabbage
Salted napa cabbage
Cooking show style
Cooking show style
Jennifer shows red pepper powder
Jennifer shows red pepper powder

September: Harvest Feast!

Our new tablecloth finished in time!
Our new tablecloth finished in time!
Best way to celebrate the harvest!
Best way to celebrate the harvest!
Grabbing ingredients for stations
Grabbing ingredients for stations
Everyone gets busy with chopping
Everyone gets busy with chopping
Fresh local lemon cucumber!
Fresh local lemon cucumber!
Many flavor combos at the Salad Bar
Many flavor combos at the Salad Bar
Soup is simmering
Soup is simmering
Flatbread pizza station!
Flatbread pizza station!

August: Bees & Honey

Another spectacular bounty!
Another spectacular bounty!
Robin's gorgeous salad
Robin's gorgeous salad
Amazing flatbread
Amazing flatbread
Cassie & Sarah of Hives For Humanity
Cassie & Sarah of Hives For Humanity
Sharing the world of bees with us
Sharing the world of bees with us
Cassie talks honeycomb
Cassie talks honeycomb
Honeycomb & Handout
Honeycomb & Handout
Brushing bees off to harvest honey
Brushing bees off to harvest honey

July: Foraging Tour

Herbalist Lori Snyder
Herbalist Lori Snyder
Overview of the herbal world
Overview of the herbal world
Mix of homemade herbal products
Mix of homemade herbal products
Her trusty resources
Her trusty resources
A gorgeous & informational handout
A gorgeous & informational handout
Embarking on our tour outside MPNH
Embarking on our tour outside MPNH
Red Clover
Red Clover
Narrow leaf plantain
Narrow leaf plantain

June: Istanbul Cuisine

Intros in a hot and steamy room
Intros in a hot and steamy room
Nil shares Istanbul cooking with us
Nil shares Istanbul cooking with us
Ingredients for Kisir
Ingredients for Kisir
Looking stylish while cutting onions
Looking stylish while cutting onions
Happy chopping party!
Happy chopping party!
An easy recipe to prepare at home
An easy recipe to prepare at home
Mixing bulgur and tomato pastes
Mixing bulgur and tomato pastes
Kisir (spin on tabouleh salad)
Kisir (spin on tabouleh salad)

May: Mexican Salsa

Edwin teaching us salsa basics
Edwin teaching us salsa basics
Time to roll up our sleeves!
Time to roll up our sleeves!
Serrano peppers for Salsa Verde
Serrano peppers for Salsa Verde
Can't be a cilantro hater with salsa
Can't be a cilantro hater with salsa
Tomatillos!
Tomatillos!
Gili adding salt to the concoction
Gili adding salt to the concoction
Shaunette using the blender bot
Shaunette using the blender bot
Big shwack of salsa verde!
Big shwack of salsa verde!

April: Gardening

Pre-potluck mingling
Pre-potluck mingling
Ken's beautiful bread!
Ken's beautiful bread!
Volunteer made brownies
Volunteer made brownies
Free gardening magazines!
Free gardening magazines!
We get to garden talk
We get to garden talk
Check out those tomato plants
Check out those tomato plants
More garden talk
More garden talk
Seeds!
Seeds!

March: Spice Blending

A spicy mélange
A spicy mélange
Assembling our ingredients
Assembling our ingredients
Five spice beginnings
Five spice beginnings
Playing with food - what we do best
Playing with food - what we do best
Chili powder in progress
Chili powder in progress
Toasting whole spices
Toasting whole spices
Into the grinder
Into the grinder
I want one at home!
I want one at home!

February: Gluten-Free Desserts

© Photos courtesy of Johnny Liu

Sondi & Tami talk gluten-free vegan
Sondi & Tami talk gluten-free vegan
Chocolate avocado pudding first up!
Chocolate avocado pudding first up!
Adding coconut milk to pudding
Adding coconut milk to pudding
Fig & Tahini Truffles
Fig & Tahini Truffles
Mashed up
Mashed up
Then rolled into balls
Then rolled into balls
And decorated with coconut!
And decorated with coconut!
Giving the truffles a try
Giving the truffles a try

January: Cheese

The cooking demo begins
The cooking demo begins
Lots of milks involved!
Lots of milks involved!
Aaron talks about the easy process
Aaron talks about the easy process
All you need is 20 min. of patience
All you need is 20 min. of patience
Prepping savory & sweet toppings
Prepping savory & sweet toppings
Making cashew cheese: dead easy
Making cashew cheese: dead easy
Just throw it all into a blender
Just throw it all into a blender
The ricotta emerges
The ricotta emerges

November: Soap

Safety first!
Safety first!
Athenaise warns us about lye
Athenaise warns us about lye
Mixing oils
Mixing oils
Adding beeswax
Adding beeswax
Adding palm & coconut oil
Adding palm & coconut oil
The mixture simmers to 160 degrees
The mixture simmers to 160 degrees
Soap is a very measured process
Soap is a very measured process
Waiting for the perfect temp
Waiting for the perfect temp

October: Canning

Big donation from Whole Foods!
Big donation from Whole Foods!
Jenny starts with applesauce basics
Jenny starts with applesauce basics
Apples, vinegar, sugar, spices....
Apples, vinegar, sugar, spices....
Demo migrates to the kitchen
Demo migrates to the kitchen
Things get steamy
Things get steamy
Ready for FUN
Ready for FUN
Now the manual labor starts
Now the manual labor starts
Trying different ways of straining
Trying different ways of straining

September: Pizza

Friends arrive and start prepping
Friends arrive and start prepping
Layout of our potluck toppings
Layout of our potluck toppings
Overnight dough & battle equipment
Overnight dough & battle equipment
Showing everyone a new dance
Showing everyone a new dance
Chef Ken begins his cooking demo
Chef Ken begins his cooking demo
2 different masters & rolling styles
2 different masters & rolling styles
Alison talks buckwheat crust
Alison talks buckwheat crust
Buckwheat crust ingredients
Buckwheat crust ingredients

August: Condiments

Getting ready for battle
Getting ready for battle
Horseradish in progress
Horseradish in progress
Pre-pesto stage
Pre-pesto stage
Oiling up the pesto
Oiling up the pesto
Preparing the mustard
Preparing the mustard
Arm workout
Arm workout
Delicious mayo
Delicious mayo
All four finished condiments!
All four finished condiments!

July: Sprouting Seeds

Beautiful spread!
Beautiful spread!
First you need some nuts
First you need some nuts
Grab your flavours, blend
Grab your flavours, blend
Squeeze out the milk
Squeeze out the milk
Blend again with flavours, pour
Blend again with flavours, pour
Taste
Taste
Cashew Blueberry
Cashew Blueberry
Choco hazelnut milk, here we come
Choco hazelnut milk, here we come

June: Fermentation

The first community potluck!
The first community potluck!
Yum
Yum
Intro's
Intro's
Kombucha talk
Kombucha talk
Coconut kefir
Coconut kefir
Getting dirty
Getting dirty
Fermenting together is much more fun
Fermenting together is much more fun