Lucky Dip – Thursday, March 8th, 2012

In Toronto:

On this International Women’s Day, let’s take the time to acknowledge all of the fantastic female chefs, cooks, bakers, farmers, winemakers, brewsters and food entrepreneurs who work so hard to make a name for themselves in what is still a very male-dominated industry. You ladies add flavour and charm to Toronto’s food scene and the rest of us hugely appreciate and respect your efforts.

You can put fried chicken on a waffle… why not tasty pork? Starting at 5pm tonight, Porchetta and Co. (825 Dundas Street West) are offering a new special of Porchetta, Crackling, Maple Soaked Figs & Crème Fraiche on a fresh made waffle for $10.95.

You should go:

Alimentary Initiatives launches an Office Market today (running every Thursday) at the ING DIRECT Café (221 Yonge Street) from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Office Markets are small farmers’ markets with fresh and prepared food, set up in workplaces where people can’t easily access a local farmers market.

There are still a few tickets left for the Masters of Food and Wine event at the Park Hyatt Hotel (4 Avenue Road) on March 22nd. Join Chef Joan Monfaredi for this tasting and teaching event that features local flavours. Try 3 types of lamb, as well as rabbit rilettes, scallops and a variety of chocolate desserts. Tickets are $125 per person.

In other food news:

Mama’s little baby loves shortnin’ shortnin’… despite being a pariah for the past few years, shortening is making a comeback. [Toronto Star]

Nestle cuts off supply to Azerbaijan due to corruption in that country’s customs authority. This whole thing with Nestle being all ethical and such really is starting to hurt my head. [Huffington Post]

Governments need to take a stronger role in food security… well, yeah, tell us something we don’t know. [Toronto Star]

The cupcake ATM. Because people apparently are willing to pay $4 for a cupcake just to watch a video of a robotic arm and take their cupcake out of a revolving dispenser. [My Food Look Funny]

One penny a pound to the customer is all it will take to get these Florida tomato workers to end their hunger strike. [Food Republic]