Delicious Local Food & Drink

The Pollinators’ Plate will highlight all of the benefits of eating local, good, clean, fair food with a specific focus on the impact that pollinators have on our food system. The goal of this year’s feature is to pay homage to the dependency that our local-Ontario food supply has on pollinators and the diversity they bring to our plates and taste buds.

Whether bringing a crop to fruition, increasing its quality and yield or aiding in the production of seeds for future farming—pollinators are the gateway to a healthy and abundant diet. With an estimated one in every three bites of food requiring pollination, we’re asking our chefs to cook delectable meals using local-Ontario ingredients impacted by these industrious insects and animals.

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Meet this year's Chefs, Wineries and Breweries


Kristin Donovan

Kristin Donovan

Hooked inc.


Shucked East Coast Oysters with Honey Vinegar Mignonette, fresh horseradish and HOOKED hot sauce
Impacted by Pollinators: Honey, Peppers

Respect is the key to everything we do at Hooked. Respect for our customers and our team. Respect for our fishers, fish farmers, and their communities. Respecting the fish we choose to buy and how we handle that fish. Most importantly, respect for the preservation, protection and balance of our wild waters

Follow: @hookedinc

Paola Solorzano

Paola Solorzano

Santo Pecado

(Friday & Sunday)

Mexican-Style Brisket, Topped with Cucumber Pico de Gallo, Served in an Organic Blue Corn Tortilla
Impacted by Pollinators: Cucumber, Onion, Tomato, Peppers, Beef

Santo Pecado is a Toronto based catering company, specialized in making the best Mexican food for your special events. We take great pride in offering authentic flavours, superb presentation, and a world class professional service.

Our chefs are ready to customize our menus to your specific taste, and needs. We can offer seasonal specialty items, such as cactus leaves (nopales), and edible insects, under special order.

Santo Pecado’s commitment to you is that our ingredients are always of the highest quality standards, organic, and locally sourced. Most of our menus are gluten free, and we always make sure to include vegetarian, and vegan options.

Follow: @santopecadoTO

Charlotte Langley

Charlotte Langley

Scout Canning

(Friday & Sunday)

Kolapore Springs Cured Trout with Shaved Beets and Carrots, Crispy Ontario Quinoa and Yogurt

Impacted by Pollinators: Beets, Carrots

King Cole Duck with Potatoes, Rutabaga and a Fennel Vinaigrette
Impacted by Pollinators: Rutabaga, Fennel, Mustard Seed


Chef Charlotte Langley truly loves to cook and care for others. Charlotte has over ten years of experience as a chef and culinarian, and in that time has forged a solid reputation for herself as a creative multi-tasker, passionately dedicated to the art and craft of cooking. In her numerous management-level positions, she has inspired teams of people with her own enthusiasm, passion and energy. Every plate is an opportunity to deliver an outstanding experience to her guests, and, throughout this all, cultivate lasting relationships with growers, eaters and feeders.

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Steffan Howard

Steffan Howard

The Pegasus Hospitality Group


Blue Corn Buckwheat Pancake Decker with Homemade ‘Clean’ Bacon
Impacted by Pollinators: Buckwheat

Pollinators’ Soup
Impacted by Pollinators: Apples, Pumpkin, Parsnip, Cauliflower, Beets, Celery, Carrots, Onion, Lima Bean, Cucumber, Squash, Tomatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Cranberries, Mustard Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds


Steffan Howard has enjoyed cooking in Paris, Montreal and Toronto. He was part of Canada’s first CAA 5 diamond restaurant cooking team at Truffles in the Four Seasons Hotel. Steffan also enjoyed being Sous chef at both Jov Bistro and the Art Gallery of Ontario. A Pioneer in the Local and Organic Food Scene in Toronto and now as corporate executive chef of the Pegasus Hospitality Group it is very important for Steffan to avail his staff to the virtues of seeking out trusted local and organic suppliers, and to promote this ideology as much as possible.

Steffan has an activist’s soul and this is very apparent in what he supports in regards to food offerings, and the ecological awareness he strives to promote to all clients and guests that enjoy the Pegasus Hospitality Group experience. Steffan enjoys cooking in the ethnic diversity that Toronto has to offer, while at the same time staying true to his French Canadian roots.

Follow @PalaisroyaleTO

Daniel Holloway

Daniel Holloway

Urban Acorn Catering

S’Mores Pop Tart with Torched Marshmallow Stuffed with Almond, Coffee & Pear Jam
Impacted by Pollinators: Almond, Pears, Coffee, Chocolate

Smoked Tomato & Pumpkin Seed Grits with Hamhock {Optional} and Vegetable Slaw
Impacted by Pollinators: Tomato, Pumpkin Seed, Onion, Carrot, Beets

Just like ideas, acorns begin small with the hopes of becoming something big, strong and meaningful. This was the initial push behind Urban Acorn, a sustainable Catering company & pantry style Market founded by Chef Daniel Holloway and his 'Boss Lady' partner Marie Fitrion.

With over 25 years combined in both event management and catering the duo believes great food is achieved by harnessing bold flavours from humble ingredients. Inspired by art, music, and using food as a dialogue for social change, they want to encourage people to broaden their understanding of food and each other with the hopes of building stronger communities.

Their mostly plant-based 'Flexitarian' approach to cuisine, allows them to seamlessly create menus to both omnivores and vegans. Their philosophy is simple, they believe food should unite, not divide people.

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Keith Hoare & TCI High School Chefs

Keith Hoare & TCI High School Chefs

Thistletown Collegiate

Beet, Carrot, Parsnip, Goat Cheese Salad with Greens and Honey Crabapple Vinaigrette
Impacted by Pollinators: Beet, Carrot, Parsnip, Lettuce, Crabapple, Cheese

Garlic & Mushroom Arancini in an Heirloom Tomato Sauce
Impacted by Pollinators: Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil

Curry Honey Carrot & Roasted Parsnip Soup with a Honey Crisp Cracker Topped with Chive Oil 
Impacted by Pollinators: Parsnip, Carrots, Honey, Chives


Culinary Instructor Chef Keith Hoare leads Toronto's most exciting high school culinary program at Thistletown Collegiate in Rexdale. Students produce hundreds of meals daily, compete in culinary competitions and tend to their own 14,000 sq.ft. organic garden. Chef Keith was named the 2014 Toronto Star teacher of the year and in 2015 used a $10000 Chopped Canada victory to help fund a culinary trip to Spain & France for 18 of his students. His next big project is to take 20 of his Culinary students to the south of Italy in 2017.

Students will spend 9 days in cooking classes and visiting local farms and food producers. Proceeds from their booth at the show go to help fund the student's trip. The Italy excursion will take the students to Rome, Naples, Isle of Capri, Pompeii, and the Amalfi coast. Drop by their booth to taste what great flavours these young High School Chefs are cooking up!

Follow: @TCIChefs

Eva Mendez

Eva Mendez

The Grow-Op Juice Bar & Eatery

Bee Pollen Kombucha
Impacted by Pollinators: Bee Pollen

Organic Chocolate Tofu Pudding with Almond Crust
Impacted by Pollinators: Tofu, Cacao, Almonds

"Soul food" Vegetarian Kimchi with Organic Sriracha Tofu & Aioli in a Lettuce Cup
Impacted by Pollinators: Cabbage, Carrot, Tofu, Lettuce, Watermelon Radish, Black Turnip

This is the Grow Op. Where good juice isn’t bought, it’s grown. By farmers who produce better produce. The stuff nature intended. Because sometimes being better is just that simple. 100% Vegan 100% Hand Made 100% Pure GROW HARD, OR GO HOME. GROW HARD, OR GO HOME.

Follow: @thegrowopto

Rodney Bowers

Rodney Bowers

Hey Meatball

Fried Chicken Sliders with Pickled Cucumbers, Coleslaw and Blue Cheese Dressing 
Impacted by Pollinators: Pickled Cucumbers, Celery, Cabbage, Carrot, Onions, Blue Cheese

Chocolate & Berry Bread Pudding with Sunflower Seeds and a Salted Caramel Sauce
Impacted by Pollinators: Cacao, Cranberries, Blueberries, Sunflower Seeds

Mac & Cheese
Impacted by Pollinators: Cheese

Making you feel good about the food you eat.

Follow: @rodneybowers

Rocco Agostino

Rocco Agostino

Pizzeria Libretto


Caramelized Parsnip and Sweet Pepper "Ragu" with Pickled Onion, Garlic Aioli, and Lettuce Served in a Panetto
Impacted by Pollinators: Parsnip, Pepper, Onions, Garlic, Greens


Chef Rocco Agostino and his team at Libretto aim to be loyal to what real pizza is, invented in Naples using local natural ingredients, cooked in a wood fired oven at extremely high heat to achieve a charred, blistered crust. The idea behind Libretto’s Real Neapolitan Pizza is straightforward: “simple, honest and natural”.

The importance of being green in this day and age cannot be overstated. The Pizzeria Libretto Group (PLG) works hard to protect the environment and use sustainable energy technology. This resolve comes naturally to Chef Rocco Agostino, Executive chef of PLG. Chef Rocco believes in supporting local organic farmers and can always find inspiration in the seasonal ingredients at the local market. He most enjoys employing his organically sourced ingredients for his daily pizza creations, such as the Meatless Monday Kale and Salsa Verde pizza.

Follow @pizzalibretto and @chefroccoTO

Chrystal Porter

Chrystal Porter

Chocosol Traders

(Saturday & Sunday)

Three Sisters Tamale with Squash, Pickled cabbage, Herbaceous Sprouts & Pepitas
Impacted by Pollinators: Squash, Cabbage, Hot Peppers, Pumpkin Seeds,

Cacao Cookies
Impacted by Pollinators: Cacao

Ice Cold Xocolatte
Impacted by Pollinators: Cacao


ChocoSol Traders is a Toronto based learning community social enterprise that works directly with indigenous growers in Mexico and local farmers in Ontario. By ethically sourcing our ingredients for our stone ground chocolates and non-GMO maize projects, we are supporting a trans local sustainable business model.

Follow: @ChocoSolTraders

Ricky Casipe

Ricky Casipe

Hawthorne Food and Drink

(Saturday & Sunday)

Beet Cheesecake - Roasted Ontario Beet and Chèvre Panna Cotta, Chocolate-Beet Ganache, Wildflower Honey, Buckwheat Streusel
Impacted by Pollinators: Beets, Cacao, Honey, Buckwheat, Dairy

Molé Sloppy Joe - Klink Espresso, Chocolate Spice, Grass-Fed Beef Chuck, Ontario Edamame "Guacamole", Cider Pickled Onions
Impacted by Pollinators: Coffee, Beef, Soy, Onions, Cacao 

Our Chef Ricky Casipe uses the neighbourhoods of Toronto as the inspiration behind his menus. Making a conscious effort to use Local, Seasonal and Sustainable products in order to support our Province of Ontario while celebrating his city and home, Toronto. "Farm to Fork City Food" Hawthorne is the enterprise arm of the Hospitality Workers Training Centre. The HWTC is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to training new entrants and current workers for employment in the hospitality industry.

Follow: @hawthorneTO and @chef_casipe

Tony Sabherwal

Tony Sabherwal

Magic Oven

(Saturday & Sunday)

Cauliflower Beef Au Gratin
Impacted by Pollinators: Cauliflower, Beef, Cheese, Tomatoes


Tony & Abby of Magic Oven believe that nothing artificial should be added to our lives. That the best ingredients should be local, fresh, ultra-tasty and satisfying. They source almost everything from within a short distance. Ingredients are free of additives. The crusts are made with organic unbleached flour or spelt, the meat is sustainably and humanely raised, the sauces are created with fresh packed, vine-ripened tomatoes, the cheeses are unprocessed and the mozzarella is organic and comes lactose-free.

They created Magic Oven in 1997 and everything about it speaks to their principles.

Eat here with a clear conscience because they put a portion of the money back into the community supporting local charities— it’s a reciprocal love. The community has voted Magic Oven’s pizzas the best in the city many times. They believe eating healthy and delicious should always be this magical.

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Merchants of Green Coffee

Impacted by Pollinators: Coffee, Dairy


Our mission is "to deliver the best-tasting coffee experience to discerning consumers through a supply chain with integrity and a unique commitment to quality".

We specialize in sustainable single-origin coffees from around the world. We source 100% Arabica beans that are certified Fair Trade & Organic. We purchase directly from independent coffee cooperatives & support our local farmers' markets.

Our flagship coffee, Cafe Solar, is the only coffee that addresses climate change. By replacing wood-burning coffee dryers with solar panel technology Cafe Solar saves 3 square centimetres of rainforest for every cup consumed over— 4.5 hectares of cloud forest annually and growing!

We believe that you deserve an amazing cup of coffee, and that the best way to achieve this is to drink your coffee freshly roasted, freshly ground, and freshly brewed. That’s why we promote purchasing quality green coffee and roasting at home you will always have the best possible cup.

Follow: @mgc_cafe


François Morissette

François Morissette

Pearl Morissette

(Friday & Saturday)

2014 Riesling Cuvee Redfoot

2012 Chardonnay Cuvee Dix-Neuvieme
2012 Cabernet Franc Cuvee Madeline

Pearl Morissette is a boutique winery located on the Niagara Peninsula just outside of the picturesque village of Jordan. It is a unique partnership born in 2007, between Toronto-based developer Mel Pearl, and Burgundy-trained vigneron François Morissette. They share the same uncompromising vision that values the traditional approach to wine growing in order to deliver premium quality wines.

All the wines produced at the estate are in small production and made from vineyards maintained by a set of rigorous standards. The aim is to show the inherent beauty of the Niagara wine region through a process of exploration and integrity. The fruit is grown and the wines are made with a low-intervention philosophy that values tradition and honours sustainable practices.

Follow: @PearlMorissette

GreenLane Estate Winery

GreenLane Estate Winery is an award winning, small production, boutique winery nestled in the Niagara Escarpment in the Twenty Valley region of Niagara Peninsula. Our high quality and elegant wines are made from grapes grown with organic, bio-dynamic and sustainable farming methods. We have a herbicide free vineyard and use natural pest and soil management methods. We uphold stringent standards during harvest and in the cellar, including minimal sulphur usage and careful temperature control. Through these natural techniques we have greatly improved the quality of the land on which we grow grapes and run our business. As a result of this, each vintage of our wine produces delicious and approachable unique, hand-crafted works of art.

Follow: @GreenLaneWinery

William Roman

William Roman

Rosewood Estates Winery

2015 Sussreserve Riesling
2013 Select Merlot
2013 Harvest Gold

Rosewood Estates Winery is Canada's first winery & meadery, producing both wine and honey wine (mead) using estate grown grapes and estate produced honey. Rosewood's focus is to produce high quality value driven products, exceeding your expectations of Ontario made wine, mead and honey.

Follow: @Rosewoodwine

Southbrook Vineyards

Southbrook Connect Organic White [organic]
Southbrook Small Lot Orange [organic, biodynamic]
Southbrook Triomphe Cab Sauvignon [organic]
Southbrook Estate ‘201’ Cabernet  Franc [organic, biodynamic]

Southbrook Vineyards Owners Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier established a boutique winery in 1991 in Richmond Hill, sourcing grapes from Niagara vineyards to craft premium VQA wines. In 2005, guided by new Director of Winemaking and Viticulture Ann Sperling, the family purchased a prime property located in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation of Niagara-on-the-Lake. When the doors of the LEED-Gold hospitality pavilion officially opened in 2008, Southbrook Vineyards was Canada’s first winery certified both organic and biodynamic.

To support the growth of organic agriculture, Southbrook works with Niagara grape growers who are already certified, or undergoing transition to organic certification. Southbrook Connect Organic White is the most widely available certified Organic VQA wine in Ontario through the LCBO, where wine lovers can also find Triomphe Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the new Seriously Cool Chardonnay and Seriously Cool Red.

Follow: @SouthbrookWine

Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

Beau’s All Natural is a Canadian, family-run, award-winning, certified organic, and totally independent craft brewery. Founded in 2006, Beau’s brews interesting, tasty beers, including its flagship Lug Tread Lagered Ale, using best-quality certified organic ingredients & local spring water. In addition to Lug Tread, Beau’s offers a growing collection of year-round beers as well as the “Wild Oats” “Farm Table” and “Gruit” Series. Beau’s has been a recipient of more than 85 awards for brewing, packaging design and business practices, including 2 Gold medals at Mondial de la Bière; 6 Gold medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards, 7-times “Best Craft Brewery in Ontario” (2007-2013) and 7-times “Best Regularly Produced Beer in Ontario” (2007-2011; 2014-2015) at the Golden Tap Awards. As a Certified B-Corporation, Beau’s meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Beau’s beer is available in Ontario, Québec, and New York State. Oh yeah!

Follow: @beausallnatural

Adam Gerrits

Adam Gerrits

Brickworks Ciderhouse

Batch: 1904 Dry Apple Cider
Queen Street 501 Semi Sweet Apple Cider
Stadium Island Peach Cider
Impacted by Pollinators: Apples, Peaches 


At the Brickworks Ciderhouse we do things a different way.

Using our “seed to cider” principals, we strive to produce the highest quality, slow fermented craft ciders. We only use one ingredient: 100% handpicked Ontario heritage apples, travelling no further than 300 km from the tree to the ciderhouse.

Follow: @BrickWorksCider

Henderson Brewing Company


Henderson's Best

Henderson Brewing Company is an independent, neighbourhood brewery in downtown Toronto. Started in 2014, Henderson is all about celebrating the stories and culture of our city through the beers we brew. Our flagship beer, Henderson's Best, is a modern interpretation of the beers first brewed in Toronto at the beginning of the 19th century. Our monthly 'Ides' series uses creative recipes to bring the history, characters and locations throughout the city to life. Starting in the spring of 2016 our tasting room will be open to the public and we look forward to welcoming the world in to see how we are brewing the taste of Toronto. Until then, look for our electric delivery and support vehicles on the streets of Toronto and our beer on Tap in bars across the city.

Follow: @HendersonBeerCo

Kensington Brewing Company

Homegrown Porter

Fruitstand Watermelon Wheat
Impacted by Pollinators: Watermelon

Kensington Brewing Company was born in the back of a burger restaurant in Kensington market. Inspired by our local environment we strive to make great beer that incorporates new flavours and pairs well with food. We are constantly inspired by local flavours and restaurants in everything we do.

Follow: @drinkgoodbeer

Steam Whistle Brewing


Steam Whistle, an independent brewery housed in Toronto’s historic John St. Roundhouse, has a passionate focus of making just one beer of exceptional quality that Canadians can be proud of. A Gold Medal winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards, their refreshing Pilsner is crafted with traditional European brewing methods and only four, natural (GMO-free) ingredients under the watchful eye of their Czech Brewmaster. Steam Whistle Pilsner is packaged in signature green glass bottles, cans and draught, and is shipped fresh across Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and BC to Beer and Liquor Stores as well as licensed bars & restaurants. Steam Whistle welcomes more than 100,000 visitors to the brewery each year to the on-site retail store, for a tour, or to attend one of the many on-site events, concerts and art shows. Highly awarded for its premium beer, its business success, community support and environmental practices, Steam Whistle Pilsner is one of the premiere craft beer brands in Canada.

Follow: @steamwhistle

Special thanks to all of our suppliers for providing great local ingredients and to Pfenning’s Farm for donating their misshaped vegetables!