by Michelle Sproule | Farms2Forks went down at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts on Sunday night. The format of the evening is one of our favourites for event-based eating, not only because it takes guests behind the scenes and into the kitchen to connect directly with the people making their food, but also because it presents a unique opportunity to meet and talk with the farmers who grow the food. After a brief reception featuring local wines and canapés, guests begin floating from one classroom kitchen to the next sampling small plates and watching the chefs in action. There’s no other event quite like it in Vancouver, and we look forward to it every year.
The proceeds from the evening went to Growing Chefs! in support of their awesome schoolyard garden program that focuses on educating elementary school children about urban agriculture and the importance of food sustainability. Growing Chefs! brings chefs and local producers into the classroom to inspire the next generation to get more engaged with cooking and growing their own wholesome, healthy food (full disclosure: both my kids have gone through the program and are all the wiser for it). As you can see from the shots below, the night was all kinds of fun and good times.