Celebrating Local Food: A Showcase of Nova Scotia Chefs and Producers

Let us feed your appetite for local on Friday, May 10th. Open to the public as well as NS Food Gathering attendees, enjoy a showcase of the best our province has to offer with a small plates supper featuring well-known local chefs, fresh caught seafood, spring produce and more. Sit comfortably and dine with friends or move about the room, taking in each tasting station and enjoying the company of local chefs with plate in hand. Purchase a drink from the locally-sourced bar featuring Halifax’s own Garrison Brewery. All the while, savour the musical stylings of Jeff Torbert.

When: Friday, May 10th 7-9PM (Doors open at 6:30.)

Where: McInnis Room of Dalhousie University’s Student Union Building

Tickets: $40 (available at the door)

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Featured Local Chefs

 LSMKT Orange LogoSean Gallagher, Local Source Market: Sean Gallagher spent many years in Africa, growing up with parents working in international development and worked himself in Bosnia for CARE. He is the founder of Local Source Catering, Market and Bakery that provides local and seasonal food which also serves as a space to learn about cooking and to contribute to the discourse around community, food and health. You can also hear from Sean at one of the NS Food Gathering’s Friday morning sessions alongside local producer Josh Oulton of Taproot Farms.

Slow Food Logo NS BlueChris Velden, Slow Food/Slow Fish NS; The Flying Apron Cookery: We are happy to welcome Chris Velden, a former Executive Chef at Ryan Duffy’s, and a director of  Slow Food NS . Chris will be serving the freshest, local sustainable seafood in partnership with Slow Food/Slow Fish NS on Friday evening. He works with Melissa Velden at their business, The Flying Apron Cookery, producing sustainable foods and providing food services such as culinary education.

envie_logo_cDiandra Phipps, enVie: helped open a vegan restaurant in Germany last year and is enjoying the process of establishing herself in Halifax with enVie – A Vegan Kitchen. She has been at the Alderney market for the past three months and is in the midst of firming up a restaurant location here. Diandra is looking forward to strengthening her local connections at the event and we, in turn, can’t wait to become familiar with her and her menu.

You can look forward to a serving (or two!) of Spanakopita filled with spinach and tofu ricotta from Diandra at enVie.

logoSeth Graham and Jessie Doyle, Fruition: As co-founder and creative director, Seth handles all visual elements of the business including    logo, packaging and label design, signage and branding. He also manages the company’s online presence, social media and marketing. He takes pride in operating a successful local business that brings health and happiness to others. He believes strongly in the connectedness of all life forms, and that food is our most powerful medicine. Jessie is currently studying to become a Holistic Nutritionist. As co-founder and “Head Chef” she manages recipe development and ensures optimal nutrition in our products. Her interest in food stems from in-depth knowledge of the effects that food has on our bodies, as well as environmental and animal rights issues.

Seth and Jessie will be providing a delicious Wild Nova Scotia Blueberry Cashew Cheesecake for dessert on Friday evening.


Nick Horne, Nomad Gourmet: Nick Horne is the owner of Nomad Gourmet who works with chef Graeme Ruppel at one of Halifax’s trailblazing food trucks. Each meal of restaurant fusion quality is made from scratch and whose affordable menu changes easily depending on the season. They emphasize providing fresh and locally-sourced food, often purchasing either directly from farms or else through local markets. They are environmentally conscious about their decision-making around food purchases as well as providing compostable packaging for their products. Beyond grabbing a meal on the run, Nomad’s menu can move almost anywhere with you through their events catering services for weddings, BBQs, concerts and more. Nomad is open on Argyle Street Wednesday-Friday for breakfast and lunch from 8am-2pm and at the Historic Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8am-1pm. 

Nomad Gourmet will be serving Braised and Smoked Oultons Pork Belly, Apple Gastrique and Buttermilk Potatoes.

flying apron

The Flying Apron Cookery is owned by Chris and Melissa Velden. It is a multi-service food company that provides culinary education and a diverse range of services  in addition to their naturally prepared foods which emphasize local and sustainable ingredients. They “believe that everyone needs to know how to cook, needs to understand the story behind their food and deserves to experience wholesome tasty food” (The Flying Apron Cookery 2011).

Friday’s menu is comprised of Lamb and Feta Meatballs on a Baked Roti Cup with the Flying Apron’s Middle Eastern Pesto and Pleasant Hill Organic Sprouts. The lamb is sourced from Wooly Mountain Farm and the feta from Ran Cher Acres.


small-cap-logoYou can look forward to the locally-sourced flavours of Case Citra One Hop IPA, Nut Brown, Tall Ship and Irish Red from Halifax’s own Garrison Brewery.


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