Hamilton’s Food Calender for early May

April 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

Here are some excellent events on the the Hamilton area for the next two weeks. In particular the gardening programs at the RBG look really great, and the multi-week programs listed at the bottom. If you attend any of these events, please leave a comment and tell everyone how it was!

May 3
The Botany Of Vegetables at the Royal Botanical Gardens
Get excited about vegetables and learn more about what you eat with Jodi Vanderheyden! Come out and discover some of the distinguishing botanical features that put vegetables in the same plant families as common garden plants. This is followed by a virtual tour of Veggie Village, our vegetable display garden in Hendrie Park.
Date: Tuesday, 3 May, 2011 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: RBG Centre
Members: $15; Non-members: $18

May 7
Doors Open & Mothers Day Weekend at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and the Hamilton Farmers’ Market has some lovely events on for the occasion – on Saturday. Bring your family and enjoy our city’s beautiful market! For more information, check out Doors Open Hamilton and the Hamilton Farmers’ Market.
Date:  Saturday May 7 2011 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Hamilton Farmers’ Market

May 6
Eat Your Greens! with Cathy Fleischmann
Learn the unique health promoting properties of greens and how easy it can be to prepare them and incorporate them in your diet from breakfast, soup, side dishes, main dishes and snacks. All recipes are dairy and gluten free (vegan) and low sodium.
Date: May 6, 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Upper Gage Goodness Me,1000 Upper Gage Ave.
Cost: $32.00

May 7
Charity Compost Event
All events are on Saturdays at City of Hamilton Public Works yards. Bring your own pails, buckets and shovels. We will be collecting $1 for the equivalent of every $5-gallon pail you fill with compost. The money will go to Hamilton FoodShare.
Date: May 7
Location: 308 Rymal Road East, Hamilton, and 330 Wentworth Street North, Hamilton
Cost: $1 donation per 5-gallon bucket of compost 

May 8
Puddingcombe’s Mother’s Day Picnic
Grab a Puddicombe Picnic and eat amongst the blossoms. Treat mom to a Mother’s Day she will never forget.
Call 905-643-1015 for pricing and reservations.
Date: May 8
Location: Puddingcombe Estate, 1468 Hwy #8 Winona

May 10
Lunch ‘n’ Learn: The Ancient World, Explained – From Molten Earth to Snowball Earth
Bring your own lunch to the Hamilton Farmers’ Market Community Kitchen and learn about food, nutrition, culture, arts, gardening and much more. Join us every Tuesday during the month of May for The Ancient World, Explained series with Sustainability Consultant and science nerd Michael Nabert. His blend of fact, fiction & entertainment provides food for thought. From Molten Earth to Snowball Earth will explore our world’s endless pendulum between hot and cold and how it’s shaped the history of life on earth. From green skies to giant insects to dinosaurs and mass extinctions, life’s existence is a roller coaster of wonders and upsets. Find out how the world might as well be flat after all!
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Hamilton Farmers’ Market
Ages: All
Cost: Free Pre-registration required. Registration is limited, so please book early.

May 10
Cooking Class: The Beginners’ Cooking Class for Kids
This 6-week hands-on after school program will teach children about simple healthy snacks, beverages and lunches they can make at home. Registered dietician Chwen Johnson and Market Program Coordinator Sapphire Singh will teach children basic cooking and nutrition skills, kitchen safety and and how to make their favorite foods. Resources prepared by the Chronic Disease Prevention-Children & Youth Program, Public Health Services, City of Hamilton. Sponsored by Child and Youth Workgroup of Healthy Living Hamilton.
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 to Tuesday, June 14, 2011 / 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hamilton Farmers’ Market
Ages: 10 to 12 years.
Cost: $4.00 per child per class. Pre-registration required. Registration is limited, so please book early.

May 10
Cooking Class: International Cusine with Chef John Marques
Learn how you can prepare internationally inspired meals with market fresh ingredients. Chef John Marques will prepare a four course meal with recipes from the Middle East (Green Salad), Goa/South India (Vindaloo served with Pulao rice, Cream Caramel), and the Philippines (Beef Tapa with friend egg and rice). Chef John Marques has over 25 years of experience working in kitchens around the world. Space is limited.
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 / 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Hamilton Farmers’ Market
Ages: 18 years and older.
Cost: $30.00 per person. Pre-registration required.

May 11
Gluten Free Living Made Easy! with Kathy Maraz
Come and learn what it means to be gluten free, what the symptoms are, and how to live gluten-free, with easy substitutes!
Date: May 11, 6:30-8 pm
Location: Locke St. Goodness Me, 176 Locke Street South
Cost: FREE 

May 12
“Little Sous Chef” Demonstration – Free Workshop and Snack every Thursday
Cooking in the kitchen is a great way for children to learn new words and have early math and science experiences. Have fun making a simple lunch with your child. This weekly program is for children 3 – 6 years and their parents or caregivers. This program is brought to you by Wesley Urban Ministries and funded by the United Way’s From Here to the Bay Fund.
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011 / 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Hamilton Farmers’ Market
Ages: 3 to 6 years.
Cost: Free. Call 905-524-4884 to register. Pre-registration required.

May 14
Charity Compost Event
All events are on Saturdays at City of Hamilton Public Works yards. Bring your own pails, buckets and shovels. We will be collecting $1 for the equivalent of every $5-gallon pail you fill with compost. The money will go to Hamilton FoodShare.
Date: May 14
Location: 1301 Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton, and 349 Jones Road, Stoney Creek
Cost: $1 donation per 5-gallon bucket of compost

May 11
Getting Started in the Garden
The Edible Landscape
Grab your gloves and pull on your rubber boots to join Nancy Lee-Colibaba in Veggie Village. Participants turn over the soil, add compost and discuss the importance of maintaining soil health for a productive vegetable and herb garden. Participants take home a bag of compost to put on their own garden.
Date: Wed, 11 May, 2011 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: RBG Centre
Cost: Members $22, Non-members $25

May 13
Smashing Salads with Sandy Pomeroy
Here we go – another popular salad class! Join Sandy as she teaches you how to prepare interesting and nourishing salads. Learn how to incorporate your meals around these salads – the perfect answer to summer eating!
Date: May 13, 6:30-8pm
Location: Locke St. Goodness Me, 176 Locke Street South
Cost: $32.00

May 14
Goodwill’s Tastes of Downtown
Now in its sixth year, Goodwill’s Tastes of Downtown is a much-anticipated fundraising event featuring select restaurants in downtown Hamilton. Join us for a day of fine food and discover the  restaurants of Downtown Hamilton!

Select establishments are divided up into separate tours – each tour route involves five participating restaurants and is designed to be an interesting mix of food, drink and eclectic culture. At each restaurant guests enjoy a sampling of the proprietor’s menu and an appropriately paired wine, beer, spirit or non-alcoholic beverage. Tours are hosted by a local celebrity guide.
Date: Saturday May 14, 2011
Cost: $60.00

May 14
Marvelous Muffins with Marcie Prebianca
Do you dream of making miraculous muffins, but also desire them to be healthy? Perhaps you long for tips on how to make muffins without acquiring bodily “muffin-tops” yourself? Would you like to know how to substitute more nutrient dense ingredients for less healthy ones? Marcie will take the mystery out of muffin mishaps and explain methods to make your muffins a masterpiece! Exciting bonus: Marcie will be sharing some of her famous and radical recipes! Samples included!
Date: May 14, 1-3 pm
Location: Locke St. Goodness Me, 176 Locke Street South
Cost: $32.00

Multiple Week Programs

May 10-June 14
Cooking Class: The Beginners’ Cooking Class for Kids at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market
This 6-week hands-on after school program will teach children to have fun in the kitchen. Registered dietician Chwen Johnson and Presentation Coordinator Sapphire Singh will teach children basic cooking and nutrition skills, kitchen safety and how to prepare healthy balanced snacks, lunches and dinners they will love. Resources prepared by the Chronic Disease Prevention-Children & Youth Program, Public Health Services, City of Hamilton. Sponsored by Child and Youth Workgroup of Healthy Living Hamilton.
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 to Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Location: Hamilton Farmers’ Market
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ages: 10 to 13 years.
Cost: $4.00 per child per class.

May – September
Veggie Village Gardening Series at the RBG
Vegetable gardening is a hot topic and RBG has the perfect venue to teach you hands-on gardening skills in Veggie Village — our demonstration and teaching garden that opened in 2010.
Getting Started in the Garden (May 11)
Planting the Garden (June 1)
Caring for the Garden (July 13)
Harvesting from the Garden (September 21)
Dates: May – September
Location: RBG Centre
Cost: For all four classes: Members: $78, Non-members: $92

May 14 – August 13
Junior Gardener’s Club
In its 64th year, this popular program for 8- to13-yearolds provides an opportunity for kids to learn about gardening. Each child is given a garden plot to plant, cultivate and harvest. All plants, tools and supplies are provided. Activities include cooking, nature hikes, games and crafts. The group wraps up on August 13 with a flower and vegetable show and awards night. It’s an opportunity to teach kids about healthy lifestyles.
Date: Sat, 14 May, 2011 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Weekly until August 13)
Location: RBG Centre/Hendrie Park
Cost: Members: $120, Non-members: $135

May 14 – June 25
Sow & Grow (Session 1)
Nancy Lee-Colibaba and staff give 5- to 7-year-olds the opportunity to grow, care for and harvest their own vegetables and flowers. A budding gardener can take the first session and if they wish, continue on in their garden by taking the second session. Either way, children have lots of fun learning in the garden. Other activities include jam making, nature walks and crafts.
Date: Saturdays, May 14, 28 to June 25; 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: RBG Centre/Hendrie Park
Cost: Members: $75, Non-members: $85

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