Welcome to caterToronto!
“Why is it that the people working most directly with food
- hands and elbows deep! -
are the most overlooked and underpaid members of society?”
Vanessa Ling Yu - Executive Director, caterToronto
caterToronto is a neighbourhoods-based organization focused on growing inclusive, community-led food economies. We work directly with racialized and newcomer women, as well as community partners across Toronto, collaborating in the creation of food solutions and diverse, dignified, and delicious eats!
Our mission is to cultivate better social and economic food system connections that work for communities. caterToronto has worked on integrating affordable and accessible kitchen space, food service industry training and technical assistance, as well as feasible and feast-able market opportunities!
The past several years have seen an increased need for food sovereignty, food security, food justice, and anti-racist food work; as a result, caterToronto is evolving its organizational structure in order to thrive as a significant food organization committed to advocating for dignified food work and addressing critical gaps in the food justice movement in Toronto.
we must believe in ourselves, and we cannot do this without others.
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caterToronto connects with our peers and partners in creating a better food system for all. As we continue to emphasize dignified food work, our goal is to shift away from precarity and thrive as a significant food organization committed to address critical gaps in the food justice movement in the city.
Dishing Up Toronto 2020
Dishing Up Toronto (DUT) is a collaborative program by the Toronto Ward Museum, Culinaria Research Centre at the University of Toronto, and caterToronto.
In 2018, DUT featured the live and lively event: "Catering A Legacy," a celebration of WOC caterers.
In December 2020, DUT went virtual with Exec. Director Vanessa Ling Yu's sharing a home-made dumpling recipe as a cook-along, and insights on the impacts of people, places, and policies on culturally appropriate and commercially available foods.