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Home for Dinner

I just picked up a new book that I can’t wait to dig into. Oh, it’s filled with glossy gorgeous photos, a splashy readable layout and little tidbits of information that just pull me in. And it’s all about local food.

I’m talking about Taste: Seasonal Dishes from a Prairie Table by CJ Katz (2012), and yes, I’m excited to read a cookbook. How could you not be when harvest has wrapped up and you have a house full of goodies stored for the winter? It feels like time to cozy into a winter of home-cooked meals.

I’ve saved a special spot on my bookshelf for Taste, right beside the first book about local food that stole my heart. That was Prairie Feast: A writer’s journey home for dinner by Amy Jo Ehman (2010).  This book is really more of a love story about a local food, with a few recipes tossed in for good measure. Amy Jo and her husband take on a personal challenge to eat locally for a year. This was in 2005, before the 100 mile diet was on everyone’s radar. Their journey is funny, endearing and thought-provoking.

As a farm-raised Saskatchewan girl myself, Amy Jo’s book was like a glass of fresh water that I just didn’t want to see the bottom of. Here was my food! Celebrated! Honoured! Her stories of harvesting vegetables from her mother’s garden, of marathon rounds of canning to squirrel food away for the winter, of the wild game filling her freezer, of community suppers, of meeting the local farmers who grew her food, connected deeply to my experience of food.  This was home. This was the food that made me. It was so exciting to see myself reflected in her experiences, and I suspect I wasn’t the only prairie-raised person to think so.

Now I have another book to devour: it’s making me feel like I’m home for dinner.

By: Yolanda Hansen

President, REACH Board of Directors

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Have your voice heard!

Around the Kitchen Table: Regina Community Food Assessment

Come join us for a discussion about our food system! Share your thoughts: What works well? What needs improvement?

Have your voice heard! The Artesian – 2627 13th Ave. on Tuesday, November 26

Choice of two FREE sessions: 9:00am – 11:00am (snacks provided) or 5:00pm – 7:30pm (supper provided)

Whether you are an eater, a farmer, a community leader, or anyone in between, we want to hear from you!

No registration required. See event poster.

For more information:

(306) 766-7429

 www.foodregina.ca

facebook.com/foodregina

Twitter: @ReginaCFA

Join a Community Kitchen!

Interested in affordable, nutritious food and easy recipes?

Register for a REACH Community Kitchen today!

In a REACH community kitchen, participants pay $7, prepare several recipes and take home 6 portions of food plus get to eat lunch! It’s a great deal and a great way to develop or polish up on cooking skills.

The community kitchens run at St James Anglican Church, located at 1105 Empress St (across from Martin Collegiate) from 11m-2pm. December kitchens are on Friday the 6th and Friday the 13th.

Registration is required. Call Meghan at (306) 347-3224. Please spread the word if you know of someone who may be interested.

 

REACH in the news

Did you catch us on Global this morning? As part of "Savvy Saving Week", REACH was asked to discuss healthy eating on a budget. The picture shows some of the food that you will find in a Good Food Box, which is a program designed to make healthy food more affordable for everyone. Call us today at (306)-347-3224 to find your closest depot!

 

The Big Crunch

Students at two local schools got a chance to understand where food comes from and the importance of eating local and healthy foods as part of World Food Day on Wed, Oct. 16, 2013.

Students crunched on a delicious and nutritious carrot at the event sponsored by the Heritage Community Association, REACH (Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger), Regina Catholic Schools, Regina Public Schools and Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. St. Augustine Community School and Thomson Community School hosted the events, in which approximately 500 students and teachers participated. Pratts Food Service supplied the carrots.

The Big Crunch was an opportunity for students and teachers to celebrate World Food Day, get excited about healthy eating, learn about our food system and highlight availability of local produce.

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