Ruth Klahsen is living proof of how an individual can have a transformative effect on local food systems. After 25 years as a professional chef, she embarked on an adventure that would see her become one of Canada’s most celebrated cheesemakers. Through innovative use of Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) fundraising, Ruth established Monforte Dairy as an innovative and award-winningly delicious model of microproduction, sustainable farming and just food.
But behind the many rewarding successes and daunting challenges faced along the way lies a fundamental question: “Why even bother with local food?” As small businesses feel the squeeze from corporate food giants, and regulations such as the recent European Trade Agreement and Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) continue to ignore the true costs of farming, the answers to this questions become more important than ever.
Dinner by Len Senater
#GF #vegetarian options available
Doors open at 6pm, talk starts at 7pm
includes dinner and coffee or tea.
Ruth Klahsen owns and operates Monforte Dairy, Southwestern Ontario’s premier artisanal cheese company, using only seasonal milk from humanely treated animals. Her cheese can be found at many of Ontario’s finest restaurants, gourmet boutiques, at farmers markets across the city and directly via subscription to her CSA program.
Photo Credit: Carole Nelson Brown
This Table Talk is presented in collaboration with Artery
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Every month The Depanneur invites a local food personality to talk about something that interests them while Dep founder Len Senater cooks dinner for everyone.