Ancaster Old Mill Restaurant to Host "Slow Food" Fundraising Dinner
The Ancaster Old Mill will host a Fundraising dinner on Sunday, March 26th, 2006, to help send a delegation of Canadian farmers to the 2006 "Terra Madre" world meeting of food communities in Turin, Italy.
Terra Madre (Mother Earth), October 26-30 2006, is an "invitation only"
forum for those who grow, raise, catch, breed, create, distribute and promote food in ways that respect the environment and protect the health of consumers, and is the brainchild of the international Slow Food movement, which was founded in 1986 in Italy and boasts over 83,000 members worldwide. The inaugural Terra Madre was held in 2004 and hosted 5000 producers from 1200 food communities, and representing 130 countries. HRH The Prince of Wales, who has been a staunch proponent of organic and bio-diverse food production for many years, gave the closing speech.
The dinner will be spearheaded by Executive Chefs Jeff Crump and Christopher Haworth of the Ancaster Old Mill and will feature a Tapas-themed evening. Initial plans include approximately 15 dishes, geared towards highlighting local food producers, including those from the renowned Niagara region of Ontario, one of North America's most vibrant food and wine communities. Wines will be included throughout the evening, paired by sommelier Patrick Field, also of the Ancaster Old Mill.
Crump began his training at the esteemed Stratford Chef's School, apprenticed at Rob Feenie's Lumiere (Vancouver), and has worked at some of the most prominent restaurants in the world including Alice Waters' Chez Panisse (Berkeley, CA). Crump also founded the Slow Food movement's Ontario chapter. Haworth, who will be assuming lead duties at Spencer's at the new Burlington Waterfront Centre upon opening, hails from the United Kingdom. He worked in London at the award-winning Bank Restaurant at No. 1 Aldwych, before moving to Marco Pierre White's Quo Vadis for two years, and finally La Rascasse before "crossing the pond" to Canada.
Tickets for the Gala dinner are available from the Ancaster Old Mill for $100 per person.
The Ancaster Old Mill, just west of Toronto, is in its 26th year of family-run operation. Nestled in the trees with a waterfall and stream, it offers a welcome respite from city life.