Connecting Local Food, Co-ops, and Institutions
The Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op is proud to be working in partnership to bring you an exciting and innovative event! Connecting Local Food, Co-ops, and Institutions is a day full of bringing together local institutions, producers, distributors, and co-ops to discover how we can grow the use of local food and products by our hospitals, schools, restaurants and other institutions/ organizations in the region.
Featured special guest speaker, Joshna Maharaj will discuss how she’s accomplished successful institutional menu planning with local food and what we can do in Northwestern Ontario to make getting local food into institutions a reality. We’ll learn how to incorporate local food on a tight budget and how institutions can take advantage of the healthy and nutritious food produced by our local farmers!
We will also hear from Steve Simpson who is owner of the Tomlin Restaurant in Thunder Bay. The Tomlin has successfully incorporated a variety of local items onto their menu and Steve will tell you how they do it and what institutions in NWO can do to adapt their menu and practices to better include local food. You’ll learn how to market your inclusion of local food to your clients and what resources are available to meet the demand your business is seeking!
The day will also hold panel and networking sessions to better discuss the opportunities and challenges that we are presented with in NWO for producing, sourcing, and transporting local food. This is an excellent opportunity to make connections and gain valuable skills for the procurement, sale, and marketing of local food.
As a producer or distributor, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to learn about the potential to market your product and how CLFC and other local co-ops can help you to move and fill orders. Institutions and organizations of all kinds need to be in attendance to see the opportunities NWO producers have for you and what the Co-op can do to get you the products you want!
Please visit the event’s website to learn more and to register for the event. Registration is now open and is limited so don’t miss out! If you have any questions about the event, registering, or attending, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the office (221-3293).