Rebecca Mackenzie, Executive Director of the Culinary Tourism Alliance
, answers some questions about her food hero, Karin Desveaux, and why she is supports Community Food Centres Canada.
1. Who's the food hero in your life?
My food hero is my dear friend Karin Desveaux. Karin is currently a Professor at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. She is equal parts Caretaker and Teacher.
2. How does she show she cares through food?
Karin is a trained chef. I met her about 11 years ago in Prince Edward County when she was running a great little restaurant in Milford – the Milford Bistro with her ex-husband Michael Potters. Karin and I were two of a few co-founders of the Slow Food Movement in “the county”. Karin is a natural “giver” and her way of expressing love is through food – I’ve had the distinct pleasure of experiencing that first hand over the past decade.
3. What's your fondest food memory of them?
Karin’s father is from the Maritimes. A tradition in her family is to make tourtière for the Christmas holidays. Several years ago Karin had a gourmet food shop in Picton – Pinch Gourmet – where she would make large quantities of tourtière to sell at the shop. One December, I pitched in and learnt what it takes to make this amazing traditional French Canadian dish. Every time I smell tourtière I think of Karin, of all of the things that she has taught me in the kitchen and how blessed I am to have her in my life.
4. Why is it important for you to support an organization that uses food as a tool to increase physical and mental health + community belonging? What about this approach resonates with you?
Food and cooking is a common language. It’s a language we can all learn very easily if someone takes the time to teach us. Supporting Community Food Centres Canada is so important as they teach communities about food, about cooking, about the value of a good meal – beyond price. They are bringing people together in a way that truly connects us all: at the table. Healthy people = healthy communities = a healthy Canada. This approach resonates with me, as that is how I live my life with my family and my friends.
Thanks to Rebecca for making a donation to the #myfoodhero campaign, which supports Community Food Centres Canada to offer empowering food programs that build better health, skills, and belonging in the communities that need it most. Join Rebecca by making a donation today!