Ever since I got involved with food rescue organization, Second Harvest, I have become more and more informed on the GIANT issue of food waste in Canada.  Did you know that each year $31 billion worth of food goes to waste? EACH. YEAR.  And this while thousands of people in our city are experiencing hunger and food insecurity on a daily basis

Second Harvest rescues nutritious, fresh, surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it to a network of over 250 social service agencies in Toronto, ranging from women’s shelters, seniors homes, children’s programs, etc.  On a daily basis, Second Harvest delivers enough food to provide over 30,000 with healthy meals.  Pretty incredible, right?

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Recently, Second Harvest has partnered with the team at Feedback, the developers of an innovative, mobile app designed to connect consumers with restaurants offering time-specific, deep discounts on delicious food, in an effort to reduce food waste.

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Developed by cousins Josh and Ben Walters, who share a passion for sustainability and innovation, Feedback app is offering a great solution to the issue of surplus, end-of-day food in restaurants throughout the city, while offering consumers and opportunity to enjoy great food at a great price, it’s a win-win!

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Currently, Feedback app has 30+ restaurants in its roster, ranging from salad bars to coffee shop and pizza places, and the list keeps growing daily!  The best part, is that Josh and Ben are committed to giving back to the community, and will be donating a meal to Second Harvest with every new order placed through the app.

Offering great discounts on delicious food, while reducing food waste and fighting hunger and food insecurity through community partnerships…this is some cool technology I can really get behind!!

Check out the video below for a closer look at how it all works and be sure to download the app!

For updates on new restaurant partners and fun news, follow Feedback app here, here and here!

Despite the hustle and bustle of Toronto, there are those little hidden gems you come across that still can feel tranquil and secret.  Enter The Rectory Cafe, which although has been around for a long time, I just recently discovered.

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Found on Ward’s Island and just a short (but beautiful!) ferry or water taxi ride away, The Rectory Cafe sits on a garden-like setting and offers incredibly relaxing views of the lake, warm summer breezes and the friendliest atmosphere.

I had the opportunity to visit a few weeks ago, as they kicked off patio season with a lovely cocktail party held in support of Second Harvest.  We had the opportunity to chat with island residents, enjoy some delicious bites from their new summer menu and of course, take in some amazing views.

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The Rectory Cafe will be open all summer long, so if you are looking for a nice little day trip this weekend, consider spending the day at Ward’s Island, walking, biking or sitting by the water and then dropping in for a glass (or two) of wine with some tasty food.

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(Mini Grilled Halloumi Cheese Sandwiches)

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(Labneh, Roasted Garlic and Pita)

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(Coconut Vegetable Curry)

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(Artist Gary Smith doing a live sketch of the evening)

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Due to flooding on the island, several areas are closed off to visitors.  However, you can still visit Ward’s Island and The Rectory Cafe, simply inform ferry personnel of your purpose, or you can also take a little water taxi ride.  I highly recommend Tiki Taxi as a fun way to enjoy the views and get to the other side of the city.

A huge thank you to the staff at The Rectory Cafe for their hospitality and for supporting the work of Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization!

Happy weekend friends!!! xo

Photo credit: Love Eva

Friends, as you may have seen on my social media, I have been sharing details (and a giveaway) to Second Harvest’s signature culinary fundraiser, Toronto Taste, coming up on Sunday, June 4th at the beauuutiful Corus Quay, lakeside. Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food rescue organization, collecting fresh, surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and delivering it to over 225 social service agencies in Toronto.  From children in after-school programs, to women in shelters escaping domestic abuse and seniors on fixed income, more than 130,000 people in Toronto receive food from Second Harvest each month.

27612858821_ceefba92b5_o Marking its 27th year, Toronto Taste is bringing together over 60 of the city’s top restaurants and beverage purveyors, all of whom are donating their time, energy, creativity and tasty dishes in support of Second Harvest’s food rescue programs.  With the support of incredible sponsors, chef ambassadors, guests, donors and volunteers, last year’s event raised over $850,000 allowing Second Harvest to provide 1.5 MILLION meals to people experiencing hunger in Toronto.

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Toronto Taste 27586810582_7b421182c3_k Guests have an opportunity to give back to the community in a delicious way, enjoy great entertainment, interact with some pretty cool culinary masters like Chef Michael Smith, Mark McEwan, Bob Blumer, bid on unique prizes, fine wines and one-of-a-kind experiences (like a food tour of New Orleans with Roger Mooking or a dinner experience for you and five of your friends prepared by Chef Michael Hunter from Antler Kitchen & Bar) and so much more! Toronto Taste1 For a list of restaurant and beverage participants, go here and here and be sure to follow Second Harvest on social media here, here and here for regular updates.

Friends, Toronto Taste is not just another amazing summer event (although it is totally an AMAZING summer event!), but rather a hugely important component of Second Harvest’s “no waste, no hunger” vision.

I hope to see you there on June 4th! xo

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