Over the years, The Joy of Feeding that was founded by Chef Meeru Dhalwala had been one of my favourite food events and this past weekend after a long hiatus it returned to Ubc Farm the organization that it supports.
In the past Joy of Feeding had celebrated home cooks from around the city who were of different cultural backgrounds. For this year’s event Meeru told me she wanted to celebrate the local chefs who work in the restaurant industry locally to celebrate them for surviving and struggling through the pandemic. Each of these chefs featured their family dish of their cultural heritage for the 350 guests who attended this wonderful event on a beautiful day.
Many of the chefs had their families working with them in serving the food, kids, parents and other family members were all involved, this was wonderful to see making for a memorable event.
I tasted my way around the multiple tents enjoying the food and drink, while seeing many foodie friends.
Here are all the dishes and the passionate chefs who presented each one.
Andrea Alridge, Head Chef, Osteria Savio Volpe and
Alden Ong, Head Chef, Farmer’s Apprentice
Family dish: Pork Belly Adobo
Owner | Chef
Burdock & Co | Harvest Community Foods | Bar Gobo
Family dish: Janssons Frestelse
Blue Water Cafe + Private Wine Rooms
Family dish: German and Czech Beef Goulash
Co-owner and chef
Family dish: Bombay Frankie
Julian Bond and Robert Clark
Julian’s family dish: Nlaka’pamux Interior Salish Hot Smoked Salmon on lightly dressed foraged greens
Chef & Content Creator @nooshbydina
Family dish: Persian Kabab Torsh – Lamb Kabab with Walnuts and Tart Pomegranate
Chef and Content Creator
Family dish: Singapore Chicken Satay
Founder, “Tradish” Plant Medicine Jams
Family dish: Organic Blackberry Sage Jam with Bannock
President, Chefs Table Society
Executive Sous Chef, Resident Dining
UBC Food Services
Family dish: Harrisa Roasted UBC Farm Carrot Toast/ Whipped Ricotta/ Pickled UBC Farm Fennel
Sous Chef, Burdock and Co.
Family dish: Korean Chungmu Gimbop
Owner, Westcoast Poke
Family Dish: Ukrainian Kulish
Eleni Fergadi and Vassilis Kerasiotis (right to left)
Owner/chefs, Nostos Greek Taverna
Family dish: Portokalopita (orange cake) and Galaktoboureko (semolina cake)
It was another foodie extravaganza and it was wonderful, proceeds of the event were going to support UBC Farm and the great work that they do.
By: Richard Wolak