One of my favourite events of the year is the FoodShare fundraiser, Recipe for Change. If you love food, and especially if you adore tasting a variety of creatively concocted bites prepared by some of this city's top chefs, then this is your event.

Thirty creations by Toronto's top chefs, thirty VQA local Ontario wines and nine local beers: all included in the price of the ticket. And it really is amazing. The line-up is jaw-dropping. Without spoiling the entire surprise (spoiler alert), here is just a sample of what's on offer.

Momofuku Toronto's Executive Chef Sam Gelman with Brisket Steamed Buns;
Torito Tapas Bar and Monforte Dairy's collaboration of Toscano Cheese and roasted almonds wrapeped in double-smoked bacon;
Chef Pedro Quintanilla of Bloom Restaurant is preparing fried green plantain tostones topped with Cuban Ropa Vieja-shredded spiced flank steak;
Freshly shucked oysters with house made sauces and mingnonettes from Hooked Inc.;
Wines from Niagara and Prince Edward County, local suds, even coffee from Crema Café and Detour Coffee Roasters. 

Recipe for Change is a beautiful event held in the historic north building of the St. Lawrence Market.

I love the chance to sample the creations of some of the city's better known as well as up and coming chefs. I love the opportunities to discover new wines and beers, all locally produced. But I also love the atmosphere.

There is a festive, celebratory atmosphere. The venue, the historic market building, is such a great space when it's filled with people dressed up and enjoying themselves, as they move from stall to stall ooing and ahing because the tastes really are that good.

But perhaps the best part is knowing that this is a fundraiser for what is Canada's largest food security agency. The work that FoodShare does reaches so many parts of the city, from schools to low-income food deserts, from community groups to government consultations, from workshops on composting to conferences on urban agriculture. As a FoodShare board member, I have privileged insight to the degree of commitment and success and perseverance that the hard-working staff at FoodShare put in each day, and the intelligent and inspired leadership of the Executive Director, Debbie Field.  

My first time attending Recipe for Change, I attended with my good friend Gillian Lynne-Davies who gave me a ticket for my birthday. (Great gift for your food-loving friends…) I liked it so much, I joined the board. You don't have to be on the board, though, to celebrate FoodShare and enjoy this sumptuous event. You can buy your tickets to Recipe for Change. Eat lightly that day, February 28, and get set to enjoy a veritable taste extravaganza. Get your tickets online here.

Date: Thursday February 28, 2013
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: historic St. Lawrence Market, north building
Tickets: $125 per person inclusive of all food and beverage (30 chefs, 30 VQA wines, 9 local beers)