Canadian Women In Food

There’s a new business association in town, and it’s on a mission to stir things up.


Women make up about 60 per cent of the food industry, and a new business association believes this energy and expertise should be recognized and celebrated in a meaningful way.

“Canadian Women In Food wants to stir up women in the food industry. We want to encourage them to be visible and to nourish their spirits by connecting with other women in the field. We want them to see what’s beyond what other networking groups are offering, and we want to praise their work in creating and driving their own businesses,” says Founder and Community Manager Cheryl Appleton.

The association, focused on women-owned businesses in the food and beverage sector,  is touting a unique feature with considerable benefit. As part of a “giving back” initiative, members will “get back” their membership fee in exchange for volunteering — which could include giving talks to the membership to share expertise. There’s a lot of experience out there in the field. This puts “sharing” on a totally new level.

Worth noting — to cover the “what’s in it for me” portion of what Canadian Women in Food can do for you — there’s a tasty launch party on November 18th, deets & tickets here.

Delicious bites and bevvies are courtesy of Mary, Tania and Janet. Read on for more about each of them:

Food by Mary Fabiano, aka Queen Mary of Summer Kitchen.

  • Mini-rounds of smoked trout w/wasabi, black sesame seeds & fresh dill
  • Tarragon tonnato chicken salad on Belgian endive w/bean sprouts
  • Sweet potato scones w/chevre, smoky chipotle & corn salsa
  • Curried Thai lamb koftas wrapped in shredded wontons w/mango mint sauce
  • Cod croquettes w/fresh guacamole & cilantro
  • Tiny tortieres & cranberry conserve w/port & pecans
  • Sweet petit fours, including stuffed Medjool dates, squares, cookies & chocolates

You’re going to want to follow Mary @summer_kitchen

Wine thanks to Tania Daviduke of Cottonwood Wine Agency

What Tania is pouring ..

Two Spanish wines, both from Bodegas Vidal Soblechero (Clavidor) in the Rueda region of Spain.

Tasting notes, to get you in the mood:


Cepas Viejas, which is a blend of Verdejo and Viura grapes from vines over 60 years old. Aged in steel, this is a crisp, fresh wine, bright straw colour with pungent herb accented pear and orange aromas layered with a complex array of spice notes. Orchard and citrus fruits flavours display an exotic anise quality and impressive finish.


Tinta Fina made with a local Tempranillo grape. Aged in French and American oak for four months, this is a ruby red wine with vivid strawberry and raspberry aromas. Silky in texture, with berry flavour and subtle herb and spice accents. A gentle peppery quality on the long, juicy finish.

You are going to want to follow Tania @TorontoTania and @Cottonwood_

Cocktails by Janet Chantry of Mixology Canada

Janet is co-owner of Mixology Canada and will be mixing drinks with her Island Originals all-natural fruit blends and the iconic Havana Club rum.

You are going to want to follow Janet @MixologyCanada


Come to the party…

.. since there are so many delectable reasons why, and learn more about the benefits of finding kindred spirits in your business who have gathered to launch Canadian Women in Food ..

Get tickets here.


Want to know more? Call Cheryl: 647 408 1417. You can also follow her @AppletonCheryl.

Sue Martin — 416 569 2433 — is your media contact.

Follow CWIF @CanWomenInFood.

BTW and no less important, these gorgeous spoons are the work of Carlo Clopath, a Swiss industrial designer. See more of his work here.