Food Talks Volume 9, September 24

This is the nineth event in this Food Talks series! Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

Theme: Sustainability in our Food System.
— What does local mean?
— How much do you want to tell your customer about sustainability issues?
— Protecting the farmland
— Quality, taste & local
— Politics at play

Our Speakers Line-up:


Chef Andrea Carlson

Chef and Owner Burdock & Co Restaurant and Harvest Community Foods.

Andrea is a graduate of the Dubrulle Culinary School, where she honed her culinary skills under Executive Chef Rob Clark at C Restaurant, first as a pastry chef and later as Sous Chef. From C, she moved to Victoria to work at the Sooke Harbour House with its famed edible landscape. Andrea Carlson has garnered the Prestigious Green Award from Vancouver Magazine. When she was at Raincity Grill, she was the first chef in town to feature a 100-mile menu; she has worked as the Executive Chef at Bishops Restaurant, as well she helped launch the city’s compost program by composting with the mayor.



Felix Schellenberg

Owner of Chilcotin Harvest and Pasture to Plate

The abattoir and butchery component of Pasture to Plate, B.C.’s first vertically-integrated organic grass-fed meat operation. The pond and patio are frontage for Kinikinik, the general store and restaurant sells and serves meat from Rafter 25 Ranch, which has been owned and operated by Felix and Jasmin Schellenberg since 1979.


Peter Ladner

Former City Councillor, Author of The Urban Food Revolution

Peter Ladner is author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities. He is a former Vancouver city councilor, Metro Vancouver vice-chair and business owner. He is currently a weekly columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper, which he co-founded in 1989. He also writes for Seattle-based He blogs at

From 2009-2011 he was a fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He has grown food in his own gardens for 35 years, most recently on what used to be his front lawn. As a city councilor, he worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city’s program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010.

Peter has more than 40 years of journalistic experience in print, radio and television and is a frequent speaker on food, business and community issues. He has a BA from UBC and completed a year of graduate studies at the UBC School of Regional and Community Planning.


Jenice Yu 

Owner of Fresh Ideas Start Here Market Ltd. [F.I.S.H. Market]

At FISH we are all about great seafood, sustainably sourced. We love selling seafood and we do it well. You can find our seafood at our store, at any one of the many fine restaurants we supply and in several of the large retail chain stores across Canada. We  have challenged ourselves to be the best in the business and we continually strive towards this.


Susan Davidson

Glorious Organics Co-op

Susan Davidson, of Glorious Organics Co-op ( in Aldergrove, is an organic farmer and passionate eater of all things local. She has been active with the Vancouver Farmers Markets for fourteen years  as a vendor and on the Board and Vendors Advisory Committee.  She is devoted to helping grow  a thriving  Farmers Market  in Langley.

If you haven’t been to our previous Food Talks events, Novus TV featured our Vol 3 on City Lights (view here).

The Evening: Enjoy tasty appetizers and desserts by Lost + Found Cafe followed by a wonderful line-up of speakers who will talk about themselves and their passion related to the food community.  There will be a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers along with a draw for prizes (*Wine, beer, and other beverages will be available for purchase).

Buy Tickets via Eventbrite:

Advance Tickets: $15 per person before September 21

Regular Tickets: $21 per person after September 21

Note: Eventbrite fee and gst is extra on all tickets purchased online.

.– A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

Growing Chefs is our designated charity, support their wonderful organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.

Note: Limited tickets available. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket. ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc

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