Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a unique forum in Sudbury.
It piqued my interest because it combines all of my passions – food, travel and my home City of Sudbury.
It is the first of its kind and, essentially, a first step towards figuring out what visitors and the citizens of Sudbury look for in their dining experiences and to define what WE as the producers and businesses, who want to please our customers, want to be known for as a culinary destination.
Facilitated by Rebecca Mackenzie from Ontario’s Culinary Tourism Alliance , the group of more than 50 local businesses shared ideas, stories, questions and concerns regarding the history and future of the food and hospitality industries in Greater Sudbury.
Here are a few notes of what was discussed…
- a discussion of what foods are grown or produced in our area so we could come up with a comprehensive list of what is available for restaurants and hospitality to utilize and showcase
- Stakeholder Success Stories with panelists:
- Leslie Moutsatous – P&M’s Kouzzina & SHARE (Sudbury Hospitality Association of Restaurant Entrepreneurs)
- Amanda Leclair – Eat Local Sudbury
- Shawn Mailloux – Stack Brewing
- With a new list of what local foods that are available to us – How do we construct a creative message to visitors of what we have that will WOW them?
- Sudbury’s Regional Business Centre reminded us that they offer support for starting and growing food businesses
- The Food Policy Council shared their offer for Food Strategy consultations and strategy meetings.
The day concluded with plenty of networking – with a focus on connecting producers and buyers and service providers in a purposeful way.
Special thanks to the entire Culinary Team at College Boreal and their local suppliers for serving us a delicious breakfast and lunch buffet that gave us all a glimpse of what we should be striving for…
- Pancake with red fife wheat from Loon Song Farm with maple syrup from Sucrerie Séguin Sugarbush
- Scrambled eggs from Martin’s in Massey, served with bacon (pork from Birch Lake abattoir in Massey and transformed into bacon by the students from College Boreal) and roasted potatoes from Don Poulin
- White bread prepared with flour from Poschaven Farms
- Cranberry Muffins
- Cranberry Juice
- Coffee from Old Rock Roastery
- Salad (sprouts from Three Forks Farm and salad greens from College Boreal‘s greenhouse) and tome cheese from La Fromagerie Kapuskoise
- Vegetable cream soup (made with local vegetables)
- Cold pork roast (Birch Lake abattoir in Massey)
- Braised beef from Burt’s Farm Country Meats served with green lentils
- Warm Baklava (Sucrerie Séguin Sugarbush) and honey ice cream (Creekbend Honey Farms)
- Rye bread (Loon Song Farm)
- Coffee from Old Rock Roastery
I am looking forward to future meetings, discussions and events planned for 2017. I will update and share what I can here to update those interested and welcome any comments, suggestions or questions to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on how to get involved and participate in the development of Sudbury’s Culinary Tourism, contact:
Business Development Officer,
City of Greater Sudbury
T.705-674-4455 ext. 4633.