Welcome to Black Foodie Week,

a digital celebration of Black food culture in Toronto. This week, we’ll be highlighting the city’s best Afro-Caribbean restaurants and helping you discover Black food culture with the help of our favourite Black chefs, restaurateurs, and experts. Taste the diaspora without leaving the city!

Curious about injera? Wondering about pairing wine and pholourie? We got you.

There’s something for everyone during BLACK FOODIE Week. Get the tea on issues and opportunities related to the Black food community, amp up your culinary skills with live cook-alongs, and explore the relationship between Afro-Caribbean food and drink through interactive events.

LISTEN IN

Hear from experts and industry leaders.

COOK-ALONG

Get a crash course in five unique cuisines.

DRINK 'N LEARN

Discover wine, spirits and coffee, our way.

Curious about injera? Wondering about pairing wine and pholourie? We got you.

There’s something for everyone during BLACK FOODIE Week. Get the tea on issues and opportunities related to the Black food community, amp up your culinary skills with live cook-alongs, and explore the relationship between Afro-Caribbean food and drink through interactive events.

LISTEN IN

Hear from experts and industry leaders.

COOK-ALONG

Get a crash course in five unique cuisines.

DRINK 'N LEARN

Discover wine, spirits and coffee, our way.

BLACK FOODIE Week is proudly supported by the following partners

TAKE THE BLACK FOODIE CHALLENGE!

Use our map to find a Black-owned restaurant near you and take the BLACK FOODIE Challenge by ordering from three of them during BLACK FOODIE Week. Then, share your experience on social using the hashtag #blackfoodiechallenge.

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During BLACK FOODIE Week, you'll be able to cook-along with the city's best chefs, learn how to pair wine with savoury Afro-Caribbean delights, and get tea and tips from industry leaders.

LISTEN IN

How can traditional Afro-Caribbean dishes be modified in favour of sustainability? What does it take for Black restaurants to thrive in Toronto? How can veganism alleviate health conditions that disproportionately affect the Black community?

Listen to 9 experts weigh-in on these and other questions during livestreamed panel discussions. Select the “Panels” ticket bundle to be notified of upcoming sessions or head over to our Facebook page on the dates and times listed below.

Sun, Sept. 20th, 3pm EST

The Future of Black Food Culture

Wed, Sept. 23rd, 7pm EST

Toronto’s Black Restaurateurs

Sat, Sept. 26th, 3pm EST

Black Veganism: Past, Present, and Future

Exploring the connection between culture, climate, and community this panel will feature commentary from Leticia Daewuo, Director of Black Creek Farms; Paul Taylor, Executive Director of FoodShareTO; and Chef Bashir Munye, a pioneer of the Afro-local culinary style. Moderated by Eden Hagos, Founder of BLACK FOODIE.


Discussing barriers to success for Black restaurateurs in Toronto, this panel will provide insight and advice to upcoming restaurateurs on how to thrive in what often feels like a saturated market. Featuring Chef Suzanne Barr of the recently-closed True True Diner, Carl Cassell of Harlem restaurant, and food influencer Ryan Hinkson of @eatfamous.

Giving a voice to Black vegans in Toronto, this panel will explore the ways that Afro-Caribbean diets can be easily adjusted to include more plant-based elements and will discuss the history and future of ancestral foods in the diets of African peoples. Featuring commentary from Abena Offeh Gyimah of Addablooms, Afia Amoako of The Canadian African food blog, and Joe Guild Thomas, founder of Black Vegans of Toronto. Moderated by spoken word artist Randall Adjei.

LISTEN IN

How can traditional Afro-Caribbean dishes be modified in favour of sustainability? What does it take for Black restaurants to thrive in Toronto? How can veganism alleviate health conditions that disproportionately affect the Black community?

Listen to 9 experts weigh-in on these and other questions during livestreamed panel discussions. Select the “Panels” ticket bundle to be notified of upcoming sessions or head over to our Facebook page on the dates and times listed below.

Sun, Sept. 20th, 3pm EST

The Future of Black Food Culture

Exploring the connection between culture, climate, and community this panel will feature commentary from Leticia Daewuo, Director of Black Creek Farms; Paul Taylor, Executive Director of FoodShareTO; and Chef Bashir Munye, a pioneer of the Afro-local culinary style. Moderated by Eden Hagos, Founder of BLACK FOODIE.

Wed, Sept. 23rd, 7pm EST

Toronto’s Black Restaurateurs


Discussing barriers to success for Black restaurateurs in Toronto, this panel will provide insight and advice to upcoming restaurateurs on how to thrive in what often feels like a saturated market. Featuring Chef Suzanne Barr of the recently-closed True True Diner, Carl Cassell of Harlem restaurant, and food influencer Ryan Hinkson of @eatfamous.

Sat, Sept. 26th, 3pm EST

Black Veganism: Past, Present, and Future

Giving a voice to Black vegans in Toronto, this panel will explore the ways that Afro-Caribbean diets can be easily adjusted to include more plant-based elements and will discuss the history and future of ancestral foods in the diets of African peoples. Featuring commentary from Abena Offeh Gyimah of Addablooms, Afia Amoako of The Canadian African food blog, and Joe Guild Thomas, founder of Black Vegans of Toronto. Moderated by spoken word artist Randall Adjei.

COOK-ALONG

This week, we’re bringing you five express courses in Afro-Caribbean cuisine courtesy of some our favourite chefs, authors, and food experts. Select your favourite session or join them all via our Facebook page to learn more about the classic flavours and techniques unique to each culture.

Make sure to buy a “StarterKit Cookalong” bundle ticket to get the ingredients list ahead of each livestreamed class.

  • Visit the Bahamas

    With
    Raquel Fox

Mon, Sept 21, 5pm EST

Visit the Bahamas

  • Discover Somalia

    With Chef
    Bashir Munye

Tue, Sept. 22nd, 5pm EST


Discover Somalia

  • Savour Jamaica

    With Chef
    Noel Cunningham

Wed, Sept. 23th, 5pm EST

Savour Jamaica

  • Explore Trinidad & Tobago

    With
    Chris De La Rosa

Thu, Sept. 24th, 5pm EST

Explore Trinidad & Tobago

  • Taste Nigeria

    With
    Princess Oroma

Fri, Sept. 25th, 8pm EST

Taste Nigeria

COOK-ALONG

This week we’re bringing you five express courses in Afro-Caribbean cuisine courtesy of some our favourite chefs, authors, and food experts. Select your favourite session or join them all via our Facebook page to learn more about the classic flavours and techniques unique to each culture.

Make sure to buy a “StarterKit Cookalong” bundle ticket to get the ingredients list ahead of each livestreamed class.

  • Visit the Bahamas

    With
    Rachel Fox

Mon, Sept 21, 5pm EST

Visit the Bahamas

  • Discover Somalia

    With Chef
    Bashir Munye

Tue, Sept. 22nd, 5pm EST


Discover Somalia

  • Savour Jamaica

    With Chef
    Noel Cunningham

Wed, Sept. 23rd, 5pm EST

Savour Jamaica

  • Explore Trinidad & Tobago

    With
    Chris De La Rosa

Thu, Sept. 24th, 5pm EST

Explore Trinidad & Tobago

  • Taste Nigeria

    With
    Princess Oroma

Fri, Sept. 25th, 8pm EST

Taste Nigeria

DRINK 'N LEARN

Calling all vino, likka, and java lovers! Get up close and personal with your favourite beverages courtesy of three incredible drink connoisseurs who'll explore the unique connections between wine, spirits, and coffee in African and Caribbean food culture.

Choose the “Drink n Learn” bundle to be notified of each class and stock up on ingredients so you can taste and learn along with the host!

  • Pour It Up

    Learn how to pair wine, beer, and savoury Afro-Caribbean foods with Adrian Forte

Tue, Sept. 21st, 7:30pm EST

Pour it Up

  • Cocktails for the Culture

    Discover the relationship between African and Caribbean ingredients and spirits with Christina Veira

Fri, Sept. 25th, 5pm EST

Cocktails for the Culture

  • Welcome Home

    Experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Kidist Teffera from Mofer Coffee

Sun, Sept. 27th, 3pm EST

Welcome Home

DRINK 'N LEARN

Calling all vino, likka, and java lovers! Get up close and personal with your favourite beverages courtesy of three incredible drink connoisseurs who'll explore the unique connections between wine, spirits, and coffee in African and Caribbean food culture.

Choose the “Drink n Learn” bundle to be notified of each class and stock up on ingredients so you can taste and learn along with the host!

  • Pour It Up

    Learn how to pair wine, beer, and savoury Afro-Caribbean foods with Adrian Forte

Tue, Sept. 21st, 7:30pm EST

Pour it Up

  • Cocktails for the Culture

    Discover the relationship between African and Caribbean ingredients and spirits with Christina Veira

Fri, Sept. 25th, 5pm EST

Cocktails for the Culture

  • Welcome Home

    Experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Kidist Teffera from Mofer Coffee

Sun, Sept. 27th, 3pm EST

Welcome Home

Meet the Experts

  • Suzanne Barr

    Suzanne Barr is one of North America’s most respected chefs and a resident judge on Food Network Canada’s Wall of Chefs series. Growing up with two novice chefs, she’s cultivated a flair for Afro-Caribbean comfort food that’s indicative of her desire to make the ordinary, surprisingly extraordinary.

  • Carl Cassell

    Carl Cassel, former owner of the Harlem Underground restaurant, is an outspoken Torontonian who expresses his art both on the canvas and the platter. He is most likely to be seen with a tool in hand, working on art projects while contemplating how to make Toronto a better urban space.

  • Ryan Hinkson

    Ryan Hinkson’s @EatFamous Instagram page boasts over 250K followers and is one of the app’s most popular feeds thanks to his knack for spotting food trends and creating viral moments. An energetic influencer known for drool-worthy content, he’s worked with the industry’s biggest brands including McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza, Hershey Canada, and others.

  • Abena Offeh Gyimah

    Abena Offeh-Gyimah is the Owner of Adda Blooms, a wholefoods and snack company that produces nutrient-dense goodies with natural African ingredients. Her passion for preserving indigenous plants and seeds is manifested in her relationships with small-scale farmers to grow and preserve ancestral African foods like baobab and tigernut.

  • Afia Amoako

    Afia Amoako is a full-time PhD student in Epidemiology and the creator of The Canadian African blog. As a vegan, her blog and social media content are focused on showing her audience that it’s possible to live an ethical, plant-based lifestyle without losing cultural food traditions.

  • Joe Guild Thomas

    Joe Guildford Thomas holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University's T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a tireless advocate of a plant-based lifestyle. He is the founder of Black Vegans of Toronto and is devoted to improving the health of African-Canadians in Ontario.

  • Paul M. Taylor

    Paul Taylor is the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto and a lifelong anti-poverty activist. Growing up materially poor in Toronto, he has used his experience to fuel a career focused on helping others and dismantling the beliefs and systems that lead to poverty and food insecurity.

  • Leticia Deawuo

    Leticia Deawuo immigrated from Pepease, Ghana to Toronto’s Jane & Finch neighbourhood where she grew up with a strong sense of community. She is now the Executive Director of Black Creek Community Farm, where she engages local residents and stakeholders in improving food security and justice for the neighbourhood.

  • Bashir Munye

    Chef Bashir Munye is a culinary professor, consultant/recipe developer, and an academic researcher whose approach to cooking is influenced heavily by his Somali-Italian upbringing and his relationships with local farmer’s markets. He is a passionate believer in and advocate for access to good quality food for all.

  • Randell Adjei

    Randell Adjei is a passionate and devoted leader in his community who currently serves as the Executive and Creative Director of R.I.S.E (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) Edutainment. He’s an inspirational speaker who spreads the message of personal alchemy while encouraging audiences to find their purpose.

  • Eden Hagos

    Eden Hagos is a celebrated host, food writer, and founder of BLACK FOODIE, a versatile media platform. An Ethiopian-Canadian with a passion for exploring the African diaspora, she's focused on changing the global conversation around Black food culture through unique events, branded content, and strategic initiatives.

  • Tayo Bero

    Tayo Bero is an award-winning freelance culture writer and radio producer. Her work appears in publications like Chatelaine Magazine, Teen Vogue, The Guardian, and CBC Radio. Covering issues spanning race, culture, feminism, and the African diaspora, Tayo is committed to uplifting marginalized voices and telling unique stories. 

  • Suzanne Barr

    Suzanne Barr is one of North America’s most respected chefs and a resident judge on Food Network Canada’s Wall of Chefs series. Growing up with two novice chefs, she’s cultivated a flair for Afro-Caribbean comfort food that’s indicative of her desire to make the ordinary, surprisingly extraordinary.

  • Carl Cassell

    Carl Cassel, former owner of the Harlem Underground restaurant, is an outspoken Torontonian who expresses his art both on the canvas and the platter. He is most likely to be seen with a tool in hand, working on art projects while contemplating how to make Toronto a better urban space.

  • Ryan Hinkson

    Ryan Hinkson’s @EatFamous Instagram page boasts over 250K followers and is one of the app’s most popular feeds thanks to his knack for spotting food trends and creating viral moments. An energetic influencer known for drool-worthy content, he’s worked with the industry’s biggest brands including McDonald’s, Domino’s Pizza, Hershey Canada, and others.

  • Abena Offeh Gyimah

    Abena Offeh-Gyimah is the Owner of Adda Blooms, a wholefoods and snack company that produces nutrient-dense goodies with natural African ingredients. Her passion for preserving indigenous plants and seeds is manifested in her relationships with small-scale farmers to grow and preserve ancestral African foods like baobab and tigernut.

  • Afia Amoako

    Afia Amoako is a full-time PhD student in Epidemiology and the creator of The Canadian African blog. As a vegan, her blog and social media content are focused on showing her audience that it’s possible to live an ethical, plant-based lifestyle without losing cultural food traditions.

  • Joe Guild Thomas

    Joe Guildford Thomas holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University's T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a tireless advocate of a plant-based lifestyle. He is the founder of Black Vegans of Toronto and is devoted to improving the health of African-Canadians in Ontario.

  • Paul M. Taylor

    Paul Taylor is the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto and a lifelong anti-poverty activist. Growing up materially poor in Toronto, he has used his experience to fuel a career focused on helping others and dismantling the beliefs and systems that lead to poverty and food insecurity.

  • Leticia Deawuo

    Leticia Deawuo immigrated from Pepease, Ghana to Toronto’s Jane & Finch neighbourhood where she grew up with a strong sense of community. She is now the Executive Director of Black Creek Community Farm, where she engages local residents and stakeholders in improving food security and justice for the neighbourhood.

  • Bashir Munye

    Chef Bashir Munye is a culinary professor, consultant/recipe developer, and an academic researcher whose approach to cooking is influenced heavily by his Somali-Italian upbringing and his relationships with local farmer’s markets. He is a passionate believer in and advocate for access to good quality food for all.

  • Randell Adjei

    Randell Adjei is a passionate and devoted leader in his community who currently serves as the Executive and Creative Director of R.I.S.E (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) Edutainment. He’s an inspirational speaker who spreads the message of personal alchemy while encouraging audiences to find their purpose.

  • Eden Hagos

    Eden Hagos is a celebrated host, food writer, and founder of BLACK FOODIE, a versatile media platform. An Ethiopian-Canadian with a passion for exploring the African diaspora, she's focused on changing the global conversation around Black food culture through unique events, branded content, and strategic initiatives.

  • Raquel Fox

    Chef Raquel Fox grew up in The Bahamas where she learned the nuances of island cooking from her grandmother. A restaurant proprietor with over 15 years in the food industry, she is a chef and instructor at George Brown College and the author of Dining in Paradise.

  • Princess Oroma

    Princess Oroma, originally from Port Harcourt City in Nigeria, is a food blogger and foodpreneur from Toronto. As a passionate creative, she enjoys infusing flavours from various regions. Princess runs a food blog, launched in 2015, and a catering business named Sarima Fine Foods.

  • Chris De La Rosa

    Chris De La Rosa is the man behind CaribbeanPot.com, an online destination for everything Caribbean food culture that regularly reaches over 1M people. An energetic host with an ability to make anyone feel welcome, he’s the author of The Vibrant Caribbean Pot — 100 Traditional And Fusion Recipes, Vol 2.

  • Adrian Forte

    Adrian Forte is a professional chef, restaurateur , TV personality, and culinary consultant for a number of food service groups in Toronto. Originally from Jamaica, his style of cooking draws inspiration from his roots, using flavours from Africa and the Caribbean islands while applying classic French techniques.

  • Christina Veira

    Christina Veira has been named one of the 100 most influential figures in the global bar industry by Bar World 100. A versatile beverage industry leader, she leverages her platform to help decision-makers rethink the management of the hospitality industry, especially as it relates to intersectionality, empathy, and safety.

  • Noel Cunningham

    Noel Cunningham is an award-winning Jamaican-Canadian chef, cookbook author, food writer, and culinary consultant. He’s best known for creating elegant, Caribbean fusion-inspired cuisine through this best-selling cookbook, Cuisine by Noel and via television appearances, his Facebook Live cooking shows, and through his weekly articles in the Toronto Caribbean Newspaper.

  • The Mofer Coffee team

    Mofer Coffee is a specialty Ethiopian coffee shop that roasts coffee in small batches throughout the day, ensuring patrons enjoy the freshest coffee possible. From the craftsmanship of their stores, to bringing customers the best coffee flavour with steep and filter methods, their goal is to build community through coffee.

  • Tayo Bero

    Tayo Bero is an award-winning freelance culture writer and radio producer. Her work appears in publications like Chatelaine Magazine, Teen Vogue, the Guardian and CBC Radio. Covering issues spanning race, culture, feminism and the African diaspora, Tayo is committed to uplifting marginalized voices and telling unique stories. 

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