Nourishing Connections

A community of food aware citizens coming together to inspire change in both our local and global communities.

KINFOLK: Natural Home Decor Workshop

No need to spend money over the holidays to decorate. How? you ask -- borrow some abundant live greenery from the forest! The Natural Home Decor Workshop hosted by Victory Gardens, Kinfolk and West Elm tonight was a great reminder to be resourceful when it comes to decor all year round! When foraging be sure to pick from the ground as much as possible (unless you need to do some pruning).

Happy Holidays!

iphone photo gallery below

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Join us on Friday January 31st, 2014 for our second long table table dinner -- stay tuned for ticket sale information. 

In the meantime, check out the highlights from our first installment in the video below. 

KINFOLK: Herbal Infusions Workshop

Thanks again to Victory Gardens, West Elm and Kinfolk for hosting an amazing event tonight. I am infused with inspiration after an enchanting evening of learning and sampling! 

The biggest takeaway: don't be intimidated by infusions! They are a simple way to add yummy botanical flavours to oil, honey, spirits and vinegar. 

Fave infusion combos from tonight: 

  • cold pressed extra virgin olive oil with oregano and chilies -- delish with pizza + pasta
  • honey with dried lemon peel -- add to tea or drizzle on cheese

Infusions I am inspired to create:

  • gin, lavender and cucumber -- great for a classier version of a friday night
  • masala chai infused honey: cardamom, dried ginger, fennel, cinnamon and cloves -- add a little punch to your traditional black tea and nut milk  

Thanks to Long Table Distillery for the tasty vodka infusion and Mellifera Bees for the delicious lemon peel infused urban honey parting gift. 

Ahhhh, the best moments in life should leave you steeped in ideas :)



The night as interpreted by my iphone: 


dish'ED 2013


We were over the moon to be apart of dish'ED 2013Vancouver's pro-am dinner in support of imagine1day!

It was hosted at Lost + Found Cafe and showcased some of Vancouver's top culinary professionals, including Andrea Carlson from Burdock and Co.

Here is a photo journey through dish'ED 2013...

THINGS WE ❥ : Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks


We LOVE this graphic that designer Albert Mas created of the “Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks” at the Sustenance Festival Exhibition last year. Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks work collaboratively in and across Vancouver neighbourhoods to address food system issues. Their goal is to improve access for everyone to healthy, affordable, and nutritious food.

Each network is involved in a variety of food initiatives that respond to the particular needs and interests within each neighbourhood and community. Food networks provide:

  • Food skills building
  • Education and awareness
  • Engagement opportunities



The 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival is upon us and if you are at a loss for what films to check out, we can help! Feast your eyes on the following eye-opening documentaries from our fave VIFF category: Food, Farm & Garden. 


No Land, No Food, No Life


No Land No Food No Life. explores the calls for an end to the global land grabs, and for sustainable peasant and community agriculture. It gives voice to those directly affected by combining personal stories showing how farmers are dealing with losing their land from these grabs, and vérité footage of organizers and community leaders fighting against land grabs. No Land No Food No Life. is a deep examination into the challenges farmers face and despite the struggles the exultation they experience in their fight for to retain control of their land.



Oct 03 06:30 pm @ Rio Theatre

Oct 06 04:00 pm @ SFU Woodwards



Once Upon a Forest  

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 Once Upon a Forest written and directed by Luc Jaquet, Once Upon a Forest  invites the spectator into a never-before-seen world of natural wonder and staggering beauty. For the first time, we will be able to watch a rain forest growing before our eyes. Drawing on a vast fund of research and knowledge, ONCE UPON A FOREST will lead viewers on a journey into the depths of the tropical jungle… into the very heart of life on earth.

Watch the trailer here.


Sep 30 06:30 pm @ International Village #9

Oct 04 04:15 pm @ Centre for Performing Arts



A River Changes Course


Kalyanee Mam’s vérité documentary offers a sobering portrait at how encroaching modernity is threatening the livelihoods and traditions of three struggling families in very distinct parts of her native Cambodia. Deforestation is decimating the lush mountain jungles and its stocks of wild animals. Fish are disappearing from the rivers. Fields are going neglected as workers flock to sweatshops in the capital of Phnom Penh.



Oct 01 08:30 pm @ The Cinematheque

Oct 02 03:30 pm @ SFU Woodwards

Oct 07 10:00 am @ The Cinematheque



Salmon Confidential  


This shocking documentary by Twyla Roscovich tells the behind-the-scenes story of the biggest environmental government coverup ever perpetrated on British Columbians. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by the government’s efforts to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path while working to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon. We gain surprising insight into the inner workings of government agencies, and share rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing our fish and the safety of our food supply.



Oct 02 06:00 pm @ International Village #9

Oct 04 03:40 pm @ International Village #9



THINGS WE ❥ : Vancouver Food Policy Meetings

What gets us pumped up?  FOOD POLICY!

Each month a group of passionate individuals linked to the Vancouver food system gather to form The Vancouver Food Policy Council Meetings. The VFPMs function as a bridge between citizens and civic officials, coming together to work on food policy initiatives that benefit all Vancouverites.

Pipe up and get involved tonight @ 6pm in the Town Hall Room at City Hall.

Tonights juicy topic: 

Advancing Food Policy Through Food Waste

Tara Moreau – Food Policy 101

Tara will lead us off with a primer on food policy. She’ll introduce some key terms, and discuss how policy change may happen. The information she provides will help to increase our understanding of food policy so we can better engage with change-making in a practical sense.

Katie Schilt – Food Waste Policy in Vancouver

 Katie has been the VFPC and SPEC Food Waste Policy Research Intern. She has completed an incredible amount of work this summer, and is very excited to present our research findings. There will also be some exciting outcomes and action steps to discuss.

Leah Toews – Policy Analysis 101

Leah is a graduate of the SFU Masters of Public Policy program. Leah will take us through the process of policy analysis using her thesis topic – Increasing Green Bin Program Participation in Multi-Family Residences.



The 30 day countdown is on -- so get 'em while they're hot, buy your tickets here!


Join us on August 15th at UBC Farm for the first installment of the FARMACIE long table farm dinner. All you need is your appetite: a hunger for delicious conversation, dancing, music and of course, fresh food.

100% of proceeds will go directly to support imagine1day's projects in Ethiopia. Stay tuned for more details on our event sponsors.