Local Food Bites (Nov 26-Dec 2, 2012)

This week’s Bites: Raw Food Treats at the RPL, making your voice heard through Design Regina, and a sweet job posting for a Project Researcher for Regina’s upcoming Community Food Assessment!

Check out the Root & Branch Calendar of Events, a great place to find out about these and other great events relating to food, social and environmental justice!

Raw Food Feast: Treats
Thursday, November 29, 7:00-8:00 pm
Regina Public Library, George Bothwell Branch, Southland Mall,  777-6091
Learn to make raw food alternatives to your favourite desserts, including truffles, chocolate mousse and… cheesecake?! Raw food chef Allysia Kerney discusses important nutrition issues such as which foods support vibrant health and what to eat to feel your absolute best. Later, enjoy a short food demo complete with delicious samples and recipes to take home. Teens welcome. Registration required.

Design Regina Feedback Deadline
Friday, November 30
Regina is in the process of creating a new Official Community Plan (OCP). This long-range plan is very important in mapping out how Regina will grow physically, provide services, manage impacts to the environment, and enhance social and cultural development over the next 25 years. The OCP will be guided by eight Community Priorities, and the City is currently inviting feedback from citizens (or “customers” as they call us) on how the City is currently doing to achieve the priorities, and what changes should be considered in the future. Food is not one of the eight priorities, but food issues relate to many of them. This is your chance to make sure the City knows what’s important to you and to help create momemtum for positive change!
Please take a few minutes to fill in the Discussion Guide by November 30.
More information on the Design Regina process

Regina Farmers’ Market (indoor market)
Saturday, December 1, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 13th Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan
Farmers’ Market website

mispon: A Celebration of Indigenous Filmmaking (Opening Night!)
Saturday, December 1, 6:00 pm
First Nations University of Canada
The 2012 mispon festival opens with a bang, with the World Premiere of the first episode in the new Untamed Gourmet season. This show won’t even be on APTN until next year! AND as a special treat, the Sioux Chef, Dickie Yuzicappi, has created a special menu inspired by his appearance on Untamed Gourmet, which we will screen while you enjoy such treats as rabbit stew tartlets, mule deer skewers with spicy maple syrup, saskatoon tarts, wild rice risotto cakes, rose hip tea and MORE! Two of the First Nations producers in training will talk about their experience working on the show with some behind the scenes information. So come on out for some FREE delicious food, celebrate some great Saskatchewan made television, and watch the world premiere of Untamed Gourmet. Silent auction with benefits going to food hampers for families in need just in time for the holidays. Admission free with a non-perishable food donation.
mispon website
Facebook event

Deadline: Community Food Assessment Project Researcher Job Posting
Tuesday, December 4, 5:00 pm
The Community Food Assessment (CFA) is a participatory and collaborative process to examine a broad range of food-related issues and resources in the city of Regina, for the purposes of informing actions to improve community food security. CFAs have been undertaken by many communities across Canada and internationally for the purposes of analyzing existing community assets, identifying gaps, and developing strategic action plans to improve community food security across all sectors of the food system, including production, processing, distribution, access, consumption and food waste recovery.

Project Researcher Responsibilities:Under the supervision of the project’s Faculty Co-advisors, the CFA Project Researcher is responsible for completing the initial phase of the Community Food Assessment, the Environmental Scan. The Environmental Scan is a comprehensive overview of existing research to define the economic, social, environmental, cultural, demographic, and policy variables (specific to Regina) as they relate to community food security.
More information

Local Food Bites is posted every week by Root & Branch. It highlights local Regina events that focus on food (often with a healthy dose of social and environmental action)!

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