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In a bid to stop the “mega-quarry,” Michael Stadtländer rallies (nearly) every chef we’ve ever heard of for Foodstock

Michael Stadtländer has rallied 100 of the best chefs from across Canada to participate in Foodstock, an epic, pay-what-you-can public food event on October 16 to raise money to fight the construction of a huge limestone quarry in the town of Honeywood, Ontario. The Highland Companies’ plan aims to span 2,316 acres of land and run 189 feet deep (deeper than Niagara Falls), and will have to pump 600 million litres of groundwater out of the pit each day (about the same amount used by 2.7 million Ontarians), all to extract crushed stone known as amabel dolostone.

Stadtländer argues that the quarry would result in the loss of prime Ontario farmland and would threaten local wildlife and the integrity of much of Ontario’s freshwater resources, since the proposed land is below the water table. “It’s some of the best farmland in Ontario, and it’s only 100 kilometres away from Toronto,” he told The Grid. “We are really only at the dawn of local food right now. The human population is growing and we really have to secure places where we can grow food.” Perhaps the best comment we’ve heard in reaction to the event comes from David Waters, an Orangeville real estate agent and Foodstock volunteer, who told the Toronto Star: “You can’t eat gravel.” Event details and tickets available here.

The list of contributing chefs is a staggering tour of southern Ontario locavorism:


Paul Böehmer and Milana Lise from Böhmer Teo Paul from Union Adam Colquhoun and Robert Bechard from Oyster Boy JP Challet from Ici Bistro Lola Kirk from Ruby Watcho Jeffery Cladio from Scarpetta Chris Brown from The Stop Community Food Centre Jamie Kennedy from Jamie Kennedy Kitchens Aaron Bear Robe from Keriwa Café Fabio Boni and Michael Sangregorio from Local Kitchen and Wine Bar and Bar Salumi Luis Valenzuela from Torito Tapas Bar Victor Barry from Splendido and The County General Albert Ponzo from Le Select Bistro Hiro Yoshida from Hiro Sushi Anthony Walsh from Bannok and Oliver and Bonacini Restaurants Carole Ferrari from Locale Café Carl Heinrich and Ryan Donovan from Marben Michael Sacco from Chocosol Chocolate Traders David Kokai from Loïc Gourmet Anthony Rose from The Drake Hotel Derek Bendig and Colen Quinn from Pangaea Zane Caplansky from Caplansky’s Evelyne Gharbirian from Hearty Catering Rodney Bowers from Hey Meatball Matty Matheson from Parts and Labour Derek Zavislake from Merchants of Green Coffee Keith Froggett from Scaramouche Lorenzo Loseto from George Restaurant Rob Gentile from Buca Restaurant Patrick McMurray from Starfish Oyster Bed and Grill, Ceili Cottage Joshna Maharaj
Steffan Howard from Palais Royale and Casa Loma Kevin McKenna from Globe Bistro, Earth Rosedale and Earth Bloor West Phillip Heilborn from Earth Bloor West Trish Donnelly from Chef Donnelly Catering Brad Long and Sarah Kuntz from Belong Café John Higgins and Oliver Li from George Brown College Daisuke Izatsu from Kaiseki Sakura Christopher Palik from L-Eat Catering and Paese Ristorante Daniel Muia from Mogette Bistro Joe Levesque from the International Centre Graham Pratt and Christine Fancy from The Gabardine Giacomo Pasquini from Vertical Aubrey Demers
Bertrand Alépée from The Tempered Chef Fawzi Kotb from Veloute Bistro and Catering Nick Laliberte from Poutini’s House of Poutine Dawn Woodward and Edmund Rek from Evelyn’s Crackers Jacob Sharkey Pearce from Two Brothers Inc. Linda Burnside and Kevin Walters from Alternative Grounds Alexandra Feswick from Brockton General Diane Cartwright from Whole World Trade Ltd. Jeff Brown and Jennifer Rashleigh from Delight Lesia Kohut from LPK’s Culinary Groove Anton Potvin and Nick Liu from Niagara Street Café Johan Maes from Goed Eten


Michael Schmidt and Chef Carey McLellan from Glencolton Farms


Erica Trabulsi from The Culinary Art School of Ontario


Rob Uffen from Rob Uffen’s Trout House


Ross Midgley and Beth Hunt from The Globe Restaurant

Owen Sound:

Robin Pradhan from Rocky Raccoon Café


Michel Masselin from Chez Michel Dave Nesbitt from Creemore Coffee Company Don Akehurst from Sovereign Restaurant


Gareth Carter from Men with Knives Leona Nyman and Andrea Greyerbiehl from Azzurra Jeremy Korten from Oliver and Bonacini Café Grill and Blue Mountain Restaurant Mark and Christine Kraus from Espresso Post Scott Chalmers and Andrew Barber from Simplicity Bistro Christophe and Wispy Boivin from Tremont Café Joelle Rogers from Tesoro Restaurant Mike Duffin from One99 Broadway Roger Genoe from Ravenna Country Market


Martina Gómez and Jörg Neth from Haisai Michael and Nobuyo Stadtländer from Eigensinn Farm


Jason Reiner from The Mono Cliff’s Inn Alex Johnston from Hockley Valley Resort


Shawn Adler from The Flying Chestnut


Tobias Pohl-Weary from Red Canoe Bistro


Carin Balint from Garden of Vegan


Paul Harber from Ravine Vineyard Janice Suarez
Ryan Crawford from The Stone Road Grille


Ruth Klahsen from Monforte Diary

Parry Sound:

Philip Patrick from The Ridge at Manitou


Matthew Flett from Georgian College Randy Feltis from Oscars David Keenan from At the Five Daniel Hong and Anna Kim from Furasato Restaurant Ceasar Guinto from Cravings Fine Food Market and Catering


Shaun Edmonsteon and Jennifer Vipond from Bruce Wine Bar


Tracey Winkworth from The Belworth House


Jason D’Anna from Magna Golf Club


Rob Fraser from Fraser Café


Moe Mathieu

Nova Scotia:

Stefan Czapalay from Culinary Design Solutions

Fully Stocked [Now Magazine] • Foodstock fights mega-quarry with mega-feast [The Grid] • In the forest with Michael Stadtlander [Toronto Star]


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