Welcome to Chatelaine: The Big Dish — an event celebrating the innovative, gutsy and creative women in the world of Canadian food! On October 29th, we’ll bring together industry-leading chefs, producers, entrepreneurs, writers, and food lovers of all stripes to share ideas about what it’s like to kick butt in a male-dominated industry, how food can be a vehicle for social change in our communities, and the joys and pitfalls of starting your own food business — be it a side-hustle or a hustle-hustle.
Our mandate is summed up in three words: Teach, Tell and Transform. Through a mix of keynotes, Q&As and panel discussions, speakers will share the valuable, hard-won lessons they’ve learned throughout their careers, tell their remarkable stories, and leave attendees inspired to transform and ignite their own personal journeys in the food community. In between, there will be plenty of time for connecting over a delicious lunch and drinks.
Chatelaine: The Big Dish takes place on Sunday, October 29th from 9:00am – 5:00pm at 99 Sudbury in Toronto. Check out our agenda for the full list of inspiring speakers and panels.
Featured Keynote Speakers
Sunday, October 29, 2017.
9:00am – 5:30pm
Registration & Breakfast
Opening Keynote: Chef Lynn Crawford
In this lively and interactive talk, Chef Lynn Crawford will discuss what guides her work with food, including what motivated her to create her new cookbook, Farm to Chef, and the best lessons she’s learned in her remarkable career. Bring your questions!
Panel: Ladies Who Launch
Four women who left the nine-to-five to pursue food as a business give some real talk about what’s involved in launching a food company, whether it’s a side-hustle or a hustle-hustle.
Panel: We Are What We Eat
A candid panel discussion about women and their relationships with food—the physical, emotional, cultural and other connections that shape what and how we eat, featuring three women who approach their work with food through a unique lens.
Enjoy delicious food, drink and conversation.
The Big Dish Interview: Connie DeSousa
Chatelaine editor-in-chief Lianne George sits down with Connie DeSousa—Top Chef Canada finalist, restauranteur (of Calgary’s CHARCUT and Charbar), chef, butcher and so much more—for a candid and informative conversation about food, life, work, and the way all three intersect.
Sponsored Beverage Break* (20 mins)
Panel: Broads in a Bro’s World
Four women kicking butt and taking names in male-dominated segments of the food industry discuss their experiences, what they’ve learned and what they think has to happen for things to change.
Closing Keynote: Joshna Maharaj
In this rousing, timely talk, food activist Joshna Maharaj will discuss why we consume food the way we do, what changes she feels are necessary, and the complex—and ever-changing—role the kitchen plays in the lives of women today.
Presentation Close/Post Networking & Cocktail Happy Half Hour – Open bar**
*passed beer and cider
**beer and wine
- 1. What is Chatelaine: The Big Dish?
- Chatelaine: The Big Dish is a full-day event to celebrate and give a platform to the incredible work and achievements that women are making in the food industry. It will be a lively and exhilarating day full of conversations, learning, connections and (of course!) plenty of eating and drinking.
- 2. Why is it important to hold this event?
- The goal of Chatelaine: The Big Dish is to connect women who work in the food community and/ or care passionately about food —whether professionals, aspiring professionals or foodie civilians. We’ll include stories that take us to the farm, into restaurants, retail businesses and tie back to the power of social influencers and savvy consumers.
- 3. Who is it for?
- Chatelaine: The Big Dish is open to anyone interested in getting to know some of the most exciting and innovative women working in food today. It is meant to provide learning and networking opportunities for people working in and following the food community. Are you a farmer? A food manufacturer? A chef? A restauranteur? A food blogger? A sommelier? A food stylist? A person who aspires to do any of the above? A person who simply loves great food and getting to know the people involved in producing it? This day is for you.
- 4. Is the event only for women?
- Absolutely not, anyone can attend. While our speakers and panelists are all women, we look forward to welcoming all voices from the food community.
- 5. Are there any age restrictions?
- Yes. This is an event designed for people aged 19 and up. We will be asking for identification for anyone who appears to be younger.
- 6. How much do tickets cost?
- Tickets are $199 each, plus HST.
- 7. What does the ticket price include?
- Admission includes all food and drink, access to all keynotes, panels and networking opportunities, exclusive sponsor giveaways and a super-sweet parting gift. (It’s really great, we promise.)
- 8. How do I buy tickets?
- By visiting our registration site! https://secure.e-registernow.com/cgi-bin/mkpayment.cgi?state=3142
- 9. How do I get to 99 Sudbury?
- 99 Sudbury is located at 99 Sudbury St., right in the middle of Toronto’s West Queen West, Liberty Village and Parkdale neighbourhoods; the nearest major intersection is Queen St. W. and Dufferin St. While there are some parking lots (the closest being Green P Carpark 261 at 45 Abell St.) and street parking spots near the venue, spots are limited. We encourage all attendees to carpool, take taxis or use public transit (the TTC’s 29 Dufferin and 63 Ossington buses, as well as the 501 Queen and 504 King streetcar, all stop nearby; the venue is a 15-minute walk from the Exhibition GO Station).
- 10. I know a great panelist/speaker. Can they be a part of the agenda?
- Our agenda for 2017 is now confirmed but we welcome pitches for future Chatelaine: The Big Dish events. Please contact program manager Deborah Aarts with your ideas.
99 Sudbury St., Toronto, ON M6J 3S7
Located in the middle of the West Queen West, Liberty Village and Parkdale—home of some of Toronto’s most exciting culinary innovations—99 Sudbury is a unique and versatile event space.
The nearest major intersection is Queen St. W. and Dufferin St. While there are some parking lots (the closest being Green P Carpark 261 at 45 Abell St.) and street parking spots near the venue, spots are limited. We encourage all attendees to carpool, take taxis or use public transit (the TTC’s 29 Dufferin and 63 Ossington buses, as well as the 501 Queen and 504 King streetcar, all stop nearby; the venue is a 15-minute walk from the Exhibition GO Station).
We thank our many sponsors for their generous support of Chatelaine: The Big Dish:
If you need assistance with registration, please contact Deborah Aarts at 416-764-1380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.