Harvest Table 2011

The Annual Harvest Table will be held Sunday August 28th from 3pm – 8pm on the McVean Incubator Farm in Brampton. Chef Yasser Qahawish will bring together a group of passionate and talented chefs to cook up a unique four-course family-style meal.

The meal for 200 will take place at the handcrafted harvest tables, beside McVean’s historic double wheat barn, surrounded by the abundant and diverse patchwork-quilt of small farms. The meal will feature the amazing diversity of fresh vegetables, mushrooms and honey from the farm, with meat and cheese being sourced from local farms and artisans.  Ingredients will be freshly picked from the McVean farm and cooked on site over a charcoal fire. Your friendly hosts will also offer local biodynamic wines and organic brews to compliment the meal.

As you arrive at the farm, you will be welcomed, provided with a wine glass and invited to enjoy a walking or wagon tour of the beautiful 45-acre farm, stopping to sample mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres and meet the passionate hard-working new farmers who come from all over the world. The seated dinner will be served in the late afternoon, with dessert and live-music to follow into the late summer evening.

Time 3p.m.

Tickets $100.00 per person

Full Time Farmers – $50.00

Children 12 – 18 years of age – $50.00

Children Under 12 years of age – Free

(alcohol included)

To purchase  tickets visit the Harvest Table website — CLICK HERE

The Meal

All the chefs participating in McVean Farm Harvest Table dinners are connected in their commitment to working directly with farmers to prepare delicious fresh food and to encouraging their customers to not only know where their food is coming from but who produced it.

This year’s menu will be developed a week before the event and built around what vegetables are freshest from the farm at that time, as well as organic chicken, and biodynamic pork.

Chef Yasser Qahawish – About Artisanale Café and Bistro:

Located in the old part of downtown Guelph and surrounded by Wellington County, home to many superb small farms producing an abundance of beautiful ingredients, Artisanale strives to showcase every season as it was meant to be. Chef Yasser Qahawish seeks out and supports the best farmers in Ontario and treats high quality, locally sourced ingredients with respect and expertise to produce delicious, satisfying and reasonably priced French regional bistro cuisine.

Chef Bashir Munye

“For me especially is important to support the McVean farm because I can identify myself with many of the farmers similar African background, the fact that just as me they had their challenges in settling in Canada and been able  to do something that they love. The farming that they do is providing us with more than just produce, they offer us cultural sensitivity and the McVean farm a place of belonging, dignity and self subsistence.”

Bashir Munye is an accomplished chef, world traveller and food activist. On the vanguard of Creative Nomadic Cuisine, he is part of a new generation of chefs in Toronto who scan the globe for inspiration, while investing in the future of local and organic food. Through his catering company, Simply Fresh, and his farmer’s market partnership, Nomads, Bashir has gained a reputation for unique pan-global cooking that bursts with nutrition and flavour.

Born in Moghaduishu, Somalia, The Land of Poets, Bashir was raised in Italy before coming to Toronto as a young man. His cuisine blends the best of African diasporic traditions with the diversity of Mediterranean tastes.

Bright and colourful, fresh and healthful, each dish expresses an idealism at the core of Bashir’s vision. He believes passionately that good food should enrich all people, and has worked with FoodShare, Nellie’s, Green Thumbs Growing Kids, and River to deliver high-quality, nutritious food to at-risk populations across the city.

Bashir has been featured on television and in print media, including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and Edible Toronto. He lives, creates and is inspired by his wife, Asha, and their three children, Hanza, Yasmin and Lula, in a co-op in downtown Toronto.

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