From Anita Stewart, Canadian culinarian extraordinaire:
Hello and good morning!
I’m connecting to encourage you to get on board with a national project I’ve been doing since 2003.
The event can be traced to the BSE crisis which devastated so many farm families and, indeed, entire communities. They’ve bounced back to a great extent but agriculture in Canada is still a very tenuous business – weird pricings on the commodity exchanges, the reluctance of banks to provide credit, extreme weather patterns. It seemed to me at that time that the best way to really make a difference was to have a big party. But geography got in the way. So I dreamed up a virtual event and challenged Canadians, anywhere on earth, to come to their grills and barbecue Canadian ingredients….then share their stories on the website http://www.flavoursofcanada.ca It’s worked! The date this year is Saturday August 2nd at 6 p.m. give or take an hour or so. The invitation is attached and if you’re anywhere near a grill on that day, please log on and join the party…if for no other reason than to illustrate the extraordinary foods of your region. Best wishes for a great summer and thanks so much for reading this note!