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Food Talks Volume 1
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Mike McDermid is the Ocean Wise Manager at the Vancouver Aquarium, a conservation program created to educate and
empower consumers about issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Ocean Wise works directly with restaurants and markets to help them make ocean-friendly buying decisions based on the most current scientific information, and provides an easily recognizable eco-logo to mark these products. Through work with partner businesses, the seafood industry, and government, Ocean Wise is helping to create a market for sustainable seafood in Canada. Mike’s background includes 10 years of research, education and program
development experience focused on marine and aquatic environments in British Columbia. He has conducted fisheries related research with the University of British Columbia, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, and the Vancouver Aquarium.
Hunter J. Moyes climbed the culinary ladder from an early age, and has been called “Chef” for a few years now. Currently, one of the Chefs and event organizers behind East Vancouver’s Waldorf Hotel, he leads a double life with environmental and political NGO’s on the side. With over 10,000 hours cooking under his belt across Canada, and years of events with NGO’s, Hunter is fit to talk food – with a hint of politics, a dash of environmental issues, and a pinch of local agri-news. Salt to taste.
Outside of The Waldorf Hotel, Hunter is about to launch a Non-profit Organization called The Tiffin Project, with a group of restaurants in Vancouver, who’d like to see if they can try to phase out TO GO packaging in their businesses while raising money to subsidize their purchasing of local ingredients at the same time. The project – which he’ll explain – hopes to become a revenue engine for the re-localization of the consumption power of Vancouver’s restaurant community.
Roberta LaQuaglia is the Operations Manager for Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM), a non-profit society that brings locally produced food to urban consumers through the creation of pop-up plazas of commerce across the city. Roberta works collaboratively with vendors, staff, volunteers, community members and site hosts to meet the needs of all market stakeholders. She also totes tents, hoists tables & patrols parking as one of the market crew whenever needed.
When she isn’t organizing farmers markets, Roberta can be found baking goodies for her family and preserving her market bounty for trading at monthly “Food Swap Burnaby” events, that she also organizes. Roberta is a graduate of Langara’s Display and Design program and comes by her love of food and the domestic arts honestly, from her mom.