FUTURE FOOD SALON A HIT IN TORONTO & IN MANHATTAN
If you would like to book a Future Food Salon for your organization, city or festival, please contact us.
Upcoming Future Food Salons planned in Austin, Texas; and Montreal, Quebec.
Read and View Reviews of the Future Food Salons & Interviews with Salon Hosts & Featured Speaker
National Public Radio Marketplace
Daily Mail (UK)
Eating In Translation
Food Forethought AgInfo Net
Radio Canada International
Lang & O’Leary Exchange
CBC Radio Metro Morning
Mom Who Runs
THE FUTURE FOOD SALON SERIES IS AN ARTS-SOAKED CELEBRATION OF FOOD THAT EXPLORES WITH ENTHUSIASM WHAT WE WILL BE EATING IN THE FUTURE. THE ATMOSPHERE IS DECIDEDLY UNSTUFFY. BEAUTIFUL COCKTAILS, MEAD, CRAFT BEERS AND WINES COMPLEMENT THE CANAPÉS AND SWEETS, WHILE MUSIC AND ART ADD TEXTURE TO THE TALK.
Too much discussion about the future of food focuses on doom and gloom. At Alimentary Initiatives and the Culture of Cities Centre, we are excited about the future of food. The Future Food Salon Series is designed to lay the foundation for discussion and action in identifying, disseminating and celebrating innovative options for feeding future generations.
By creating cultural events that combine talk, music, art installations and also food and drink, the series permits engagement with the topic of the future of food in an environment that is itself innovative. This creative space invites spontaneous connections with the cutting edge of research in technology, food and the arts.
The salons attract those with a professed or secret interest in the future, in food, and in the urban built environment. Some come because they are curious about all things culinary. Others come because they are attracted by the sustainability options that eating insects offer. Still others attend for the cultural experience of the Salon atmosphere.
The 2013-14 series is all about eating crickets. Crickets are more efficient to raise than traditional livestock, their rearing produces less waste, they are nutritious, and they are versatile as a food ingredient. Some of our sponsors in this series are making a business case for eating crickets right now in the present.
Our Sponsors and Partners
Chapul makes a high protein cricket-based bar and World Ento produces food grade crickets for wholesale and retail markets. Jakub Dzamba and his Third Millennium Farming is about to launch the Dzamba cricket reactors, self-contained cricket-rearing farm units that can be used for both decentralized and large scale farming. Entomophagy expert Dave Gracer of Small Stock Foods (Rhode Island), and entomologists Marianne Shockley (Georgia) and Lou Sorkin participated in an Entomophagy Panel at our New York Salon and will feature in future events as the series unfolds.
Artists, Photographers & Videographers
We are lucky to work with two inspired artists: Han Zhang and Helen Yung. Like Manna from Heaven, a piece created for the series, is composed of poems about food, written on rice paper from which baskets were cut and hung. We are also privileged to work with talented and dedicated photographers and videographers, Han Zhang, Michal Labik and Michael Cumming of Ambitious City.
Chefs & Cooks
Without chefs, the Future Food Salons are nothing. We work with intrepid and talented chefs, bakers, chocolatiers and cooks. Cookie Martinez is a Future Food veteran who has cooked and baked for both the Toronto and New York Salons in this series. Chef Daniel Holloway of Urban Acorn Catering made the canapés for our Toronto Salon. Baker Emily Breedlove of Texas made chocolate chirp cookies, and chocolatier Fat Turkey Chocolate Company made cricket based chocolates for the Manhattan Salon.
Texas Mead Works provided several varieties of mead for New York and Rosewood Estates Winery provided mead for the Toronto Salon.
Volunteers & Staff
The Salons have benefited from the hard work of a number of graduate students, friends, and colleagues who have donated some volunteer time to the Salons. We are grateful to André Luis Marin, Meredith Marin, Bethany Nelson, Marjan Verstappen , Kai Fai Ho, Melina Giannelia, and Stefka Lubenova. Finally, we are grateful to the volunteers and staff at the Centre for Social Innovation-Starrett Lehigh and at Gallery 345 in Toronto.
If you or your company is interested in exploring a sponsorship or partnership with us on the upcoming Future Food Salons, please contact us for our sponsorship options or partnership opportunities. If you would like to book a Future Food Salon, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.
We are grateful to all of our sponsors. Please click on their logos to read more about them.