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In a bid to stop the “mega-quarry,” Michael Stadtländer rallies (nearly) every chef we’ve ever heard of for Foodstock

Michael Stadtländer has rallied 100 of the best chefs from across Canada to participate in Foodstock, an epic, pay-what-you-can public food event on October 16 to raise money to fight the construction of a huge limestone quarry in the town of Honeywood, Ontario. The Highland Companies’ plan aims to span 2,316 acres of land and run 189 feet deep (deeper than Niagara Falls), and will have to pump 600 million litres of groundwater out of the pit each day (about the same amount used by 2.7 million Ontarians), all to extract crushed stone known as amabel dolostone.

Stadtländer argues that the quarry would result in the loss of prime Ontario farmland and would threaten local wildlife and the integrity of much of Ontario’s freshwater resources, since the proposed land is below the water table. “It’s some of the best farmland in Ontario, and it’s only 100 kilometres away from Toronto,” he told The Grid. “We are really only at the dawn of local food right now. The human population is growing and we really have to secure places where we can grow food.” Perhaps the best comment we’ve heard in reaction to the event comes from David Waters, an Orangeville real estate agent and Foodstock volunteer, who told the Toronto Star: “You can’t eat gravel.” Event details and tickets available here.

The list of contributing chefs is a staggering tour of southern Ontario locavorism:


Paul Böehmer and Milana Lise from Böhmer
Teo Paul from Union
Adam Colquhoun and Robert Bechard from Oyster Boy
JP Challet from Ici Bistro
Lola Kirk from Ruby Watcho
Jeffery Cladio from Scarpetta
Chris Brown from The Stop Community Food Centre
Jamie Kennedy from Jamie Kennedy Kitchens
Aaron Bear Robe from Keriwa Café
Fabio Boni and Michael Sangregorio from Local Kitchen and Wine Bar and Bar Salumi
Luis Valenzuela from Torito Tapas Bar
Victor Barry from Splendido and The County General
Albert Ponzo from Le Select Bistro
Hiro Yoshida from Hiro Sushi
Anthony Walsh from Bannok and Oliver and Bonacini Restaurants
Carole Ferrari from Locale Café
Carl Heinrich and Ryan Donovan from Marben
Michael Sacco from Chocosol Chocolate Traders
David Kokai from Loïc Gourmet
Anthony Rose from The Drake Hotel
Derek Bendig and Colen Quinn from Pangaea
Zane Caplansky from Caplansky’s
Evelyne Gharbirian from Hearty Catering
Rodney Bowers from Hey Meatball
Matty Matheson from Parts and Labour
Derek Zavislake from Merchants of Green Coffee
Keith Froggett from Scaramouche
Lorenzo Loseto from George Restaurant
Rob Gentile from Buca Restaurant
Patrick McMurray from Starfish Oyster Bed and Grill, Ceili Cottage
Joshna Maharaj
Steffan Howard from Palais Royale and Casa Loma
Kevin McKenna from Globe Bistro, Earth Rosedale and Earth Bloor West
Phillip Heilborn from Earth Bloor West
Trish Donnelly from Chef Donnelly Catering
Brad Long and Sarah Kuntz from Belong Café
John Higgins and Oliver Li from George Brown College
Daisuke Izatsu from Kaiseki Sakura
Christopher Palik from L-Eat Catering and Paese Ristorante
Daniel Muia from Mogette Bistro
Joe Levesque from the International Centre
Graham Pratt and Christine Fancy from The Gabardine
Giacomo Pasquini from Vertical
Aubrey Demers
Bertrand Alépée from The Tempered Chef
Fawzi Kotb from Veloute Bistro and Catering
Nick Laliberte from Poutini’s House of Poutine
Dawn Woodward and Edmund Rek from Evelyn’s Crackers
Jacob Sharkey Pearce from Two Brothers Inc.
Linda Burnside and Kevin Walters from Alternative Grounds
Alexandra Feswick from Brockton General
Diane Cartwright from Whole World Trade Ltd.
Jeff Brown and Jennifer Rashleigh from Delight
Lesia Kohut from LPK’s Culinary Groove
Anton Potvin and Nick Liu from Niagara Street Café
Johan Maes from Goed Eten


Michael Schmidt and Chef Carey McLellan from Glencolton Farms


Erica Trabulsi from The Culinary Art School of Ontario


Rob Uffen from Rob Uffen’s Trout House


Ross Midgley and Beth Hunt from The Globe Restaurant

Owen Sound:

Robin Pradhan from Rocky Raccoon Café


Michel Masselin from Chez Michel
Dave Nesbitt from Creemore Coffee Company
Don Akehurst from Sovereign Restaurant


Gareth Carter from Men with Knives
Leona Nyman and Andrea Greyerbiehl from Azzurra
Jeremy Korten from Oliver and Bonacini Café Grill and Blue Mountain Restaurant
Mark and Christine Kraus from Espresso Post
Scott Chalmers and Andrew Barber from Simplicity Bistro
Christophe and Wispy Boivin from Tremont Café
Joelle Rogers from Tesoro Restaurant
Mike Duffin from One99 Broadway
Roger Genoe from Ravenna Country Market


Martina Gómez and Jörg Neth from Haisai
Michael and Nobuyo Stadtländer from Eigensinn Farm


Jason Reiner from The Mono Cliff’s Inn
Alex Johnston from Hockley Valley Resort


Shawn Adler from The Flying Chestnut


Tobias Pohl-Weary from Red Canoe Bistro


Carin Balint from Garden of Vegan


Paul Harber from Ravine Vineyard
Janice Suarez
Ryan Crawford from The Stone Road Grille


Ruth Klahsen from Monforte Diary

Parry Sound:

Philip Patrick from The Ridge at Manitou


Matthew Flett from Georgian College
Randy Feltis from Oscars
David Keenan from At the Five
Daniel Hong and Anna Kim from Furasato Restaurant
Ceasar Guinto from Cravings Fine Food Market and Catering


Shaun Edmonsteon and Jennifer Vipond from Bruce Wine Bar


Tracey Winkworth from The Belworth House


Jason D’Anna from Magna Golf Club


Rob Fraser from Fraser Café


Moe Mathieu

Nova Scotia:

Stefan Czapalay from Culinary Design Solutions

Fully Stocked [Now Magazine]
Foodstock fights mega-quarry with mega-feast [The Grid]
In the forest with Michael Stadtlander [Toronto Star]

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  • Gordon Chamberlain

    I would like to introduce you to a new concept, that being ecocide the large scale long term destruction of the web of life which is considered by many to be criminal conduct. But our present political leaders have yet to address it. As a result of the conduct of the CEO and Board of directors of Highland Corp and other corporations I would like to bring your attention the campaign to make ecocide subject to criminal prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and subsequently the 112 nations who are signatories, of which Canada is one. We are not on a sustainable path and political and corporate leaders must realize that such conduct will no longer be accepted. I have written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper twice requesting that he support the campaign to make ecocide subject to criminal prosecution by the ICC. He has yet to respond to an issue that poses significant threat to our nation. The US has recognized water is a national security issue. The impact of this proposed quarry will have on agricultural land and food security and water amounts to ecocide. Polly Higgins the UK lawyer, author and advocate for ecocide has proposed that the mandate of the ICC be expanded in her book Eradicating Ecocide Laws and Governance to Prevent the Destruction of our Planet The ever increasing destruction of the web of life and the increasing number and size of toxic lakes in the tar sands is an ever worse case of ecocide that the present leadership believe is ethical and sustainable. I believe many people will look forward to Prime Minister Stephen Harper fulfilling his duties in addressing ecocide and the threat is poses to human mental and physical, economic and environmental well being of Canadians. Or he may find himself in his old age fighting prosecuted like Pinochet did for his crimes, by a generation that believe ecocide is a crime against life on our planet.
    Gordon Chamberlain
    Founder Ecocide Prosecution Canada