Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion Literary Dinner

Stratford Chefs School Kitchens 136 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

David Wolfman has been called the Godfather of Indigenous Cuisine. An internationally recognized expert in traditional Indigenous cuisine and a classically trained chef, he is known for his innovative approach to cooking. Enjoy a 3-course meal with wine pairings inspired by his book, Cooking with the Wolfman, while David shares details of his approach and talks about what traditional Indigenous cuisine and today’s focus on local, sustainable foods have in common.

$75

A Taste of France Literary Dinner with Jane Sigal

Stratford Chefs School Kitchens 136 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Join Jane Sigal, the 2018 Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence at the Stratford Chefs School, at this unique and intimate dinner experience. Jane will share stories from her impressive career as a writer, editor, recipe developer, translator, and journalist. Attendees will not only have the chance to listen to her speak and enjoy a 3-course meal with wine pairings inspired by Jane's books, but they will also have the opportunity to ask Jane questions and pick up — and have signed — a copy of her latest book, Bistronomy: Recipes from the Best New Paris Bistros.

$75

Perth County Farm Lunch with Jeff Crump

Church Hill Farm 4371 Huron Road, New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada

What better way to celebrate a collection of recipes with a sustainable, eco-friendly, and green theme than to join author Jeff Crump for an Earth to Table Every Day inspired lunch in the fields of Church Hill Farm? During this one-of-a kind experience, Crump—who has worked at a number of the world's top restaurants—will share the many ways amateur and professional chefs alike can engage with their environment and cook simple and delicious meals with sustainability in mind. This visit to Church Hill Farm will also include a tour of the farm, a delicious lunch catered by the Red Rabbit [tbc], and the opportunity to purchase a copy of Earth to Table Every Day—and have it signed by Crump.

$50

Master Theory Class with Cookbook Author Jane Sigal

Stratford Chef School Learning Centre 184 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a student at the Stratford Chefs School? Find out during this rare opportunity to join students for a culinary writing theory class. Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence Jane Sigal will discuss the challenges of writing for both magazines and books, and explain what you need to keep in mind when adapting restaurant recipes for home cooks. She'll also share stories from her impressive career as a writer, editor, recipe developer, translator, and journalist.

FREE

Eat, Travel, Dream: A Literary Dinner with Jackie Kai Ellis, author of The Measure of My Powers

Stratford Chefs School Kitchens 136 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

The Measure of My Powers by Jackie Kai Ellis is the story of one woman's search to find herself—something to which many of us can relate. Join us for a 3-course dinner with wine pairings at the Stratford Chefs School as Jackie shares her story of empowerment, self-discovery, and the importance of a life well-lived—through good food, through self-love, and through the desire to find meaning.

$75

A Literary Brunch with Anna Olson

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Join Anna for an afternoon brunch and learn her insider tips for impressing even the most demanding guests at any get-together. Guests will be treated to an intimate onstage interview and Q&A with Anna, a copy of the book, a gift bag courtesy of Bradshaw's, a brunch inspired by some of Anna's favourite recipes, and a meet-and-greet and book signing after the meal!

$70

Food Photography and Lighting Workshop with Terry Manzo

Stratford Chefs School Kitchens 136 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Aiming to snap drool-worthy food photos? Food photographer Terry Manzo will once again be holding a workshop to inspire bloggers, Instagrammers, and those with a great love of photography. While she'll be building on last year's session, attendance at that workshop is not a prerequisite. And tools can be as simple as a pocket camera or a smartphone, so don't be intimidated! Terry will demonstrate simple techniques and inexpensive tools to light your shots like a pro. Other topics discussed will include composition, camera angles, and editing apps that will help you to create the perfect image.

$40

Wine and Food Book Social with Becky Blake

Stratford Chefs School Kitchens 136 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Book-lovers, this is the swankiest book club session of the year. The Stratford Writers Festival has combined all the things you love – Wine, Food, and Books – into one memorable evening. Clink a glass of wine and relish some hors d'oeuvres with your friends, book lovers, and author Becky Blake! You are invited for an exclusive book club session where you can join Becky to discuss her writing while the best of wine and appetizers are served.

$45

Literary Brunch for Caregivers to Benefit Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

More than 8 million Canadians are currently caregivers. This role is about maintaining a delicate balance between time and resources while taking care of a loved one and practicing self-care. Whether you're a caregiver or a care recipient, this brunch and an insightful conversation with Lise Leblanc, author of the Conscious Caregiving Guide, is for you.

$45

Appetite For Words, 2019

The Appetite for Words Festival is a collaboration between the Stratford Writers Festival and the Stratford Chefs School and features authors who have written about food, and fiction writers who allow food to become a strong component of scenes and/or the characters in their novels. The best part is, chefs prepare menus inspired by featured books so you can taste the words you’re reading. Save the date - we'll start making announcements in the New Year!!

Sustainable Farm to Table: A Literary Dinner

Stratford Chefs School Kitchens 136 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Why is sustainable food important? Savour a 3-course meal with wine pairings while enjoying an insightful conversation about the importance of local

$75

Farm to Table: A Literary Dinner with Andrew Coppolino

Stratford Chefs School Kitchens 136 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Join Andrew Coppolino, author of Farm To Table, at this unique and intimate dinner experience. Andrew met one-on-one with Stratford Chefs School alumni chefs and producers while writing Farm To Table and will be joined by chef Eli Silverthorne and producer Erin McIntosh from McIntosh Farms to share stories and insights from the book that was named one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year from Canadian Food Bloggers. Attendees will not only have the chance to listen to this unique conversation and enjoy a 3-course meal with wine pairings inspired by Andrew's book, but they will also have the opportunity to ask Andrew questions and pick up— and have signed—a copy of Farm To Table.

$75

A Literary Brunch with Mary Berg

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Join Mary Berg, MasterChef Canada winner, star of Mary's Kitchen Crush, and author of Kitchen Party as she shares her insider tips for stress-free cooking. Whether it's the planning, shopping, cooking, or clean up, during this afternoon brunch, you'll learn how to banish anxiety about preparing food. Guests will be treated to an intimate onstage interview and Q&A with Mary, a copy of the $32 Kitchen Party book, a gift bag courtesy of Bradshaw's, a brunch inspired by some of Mary's favourite recipes, and a meet-and-greet and book signing after the meal!

$65

A Literary Cafe with Mary Berg

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

During this two-hour event, Mary Berg, MasterChef Canada winner, star of Mary's Kitchen Crush, and author of Kitchen Party will share her insider tips for stress-free cooking. Whether it's the planning, shopping, cooking, or clean up, during this afternoon cafe, you'll learn how to banish anxiety about preparing food. Guests will be treated to an intimate onstage interview and Q&A with Mary, a copy of the $32 Kitchen Party book, a gift bag courtesy of Bradshaw's, desserts inspired by some of Mary's favourite recipes, and a meet-and-greet and book signing!

$65

Stratford For All Seasons Book Launch

Red Lion 23 Albert St., Stratford, Ontario, Canada

You are invited to the launch of the first two of the Stratford For All Seasons series of books written by Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, The Cooking Ladies. Stratford For All Seasons: Theatre & Arts describes the immensity and diversity of the theatre and arts scene in Stratford that will make you say, "Wow." Stratford For All Seasons: Secrets & Surprises is loaded with magical and little-known stories about the city, about the things you can do, see, and discover in Stratford that will make you say, "Really?" This is a casual drop-in event that includes an autographed copy of the $20 Stratford For All Seasons: Theatre & Arts book.

$20

Appetite For Words, 2020

The Appetite for Words Festival is a collaboration between the Stratford Writers Festival and the Stratford Chefs School and features authors who have written about food, and fiction writers who allow food to become a strong component of scenes and/or the characters in their novels. The best part is, chefs prepare menus inspired by featured books so you can taste the words you’re reading. We're featuring events throughout the year so sign up for our Newsletter and follow us on social media for updates and event announcements!!

Mother’s Day Brunch with Mary Berg and her mom Myra

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Did Mom teach you everything you know in the culinary department? A Mother's Day brunch with Mary Berg and her mom, Myra Berg, couldn't be more fitting. Host of Mary's Kitchen Crush and author of Kitchen Party, Mary Berg will demonstrate and teach her mom how to cook a recipe from her book. Then join Mary and Myra for a kitchen party as they sit down to eat and chat. Find out funny stories about Mary as a kid directly from Myra, and hear from both Mary and Myra about their special mother-daughter relationship.

$100

The Forest Of My Mind Musical Literary Brunch with award-winning poet Heidi Sander and renowned pianist David Eliakis

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

An inspirational and thought-provoking performance by award-winning poet Heidi Sander as she fuses music and poetry to launch her poetry collection, The Forest Of My Mind. Joined by renowned pianist David Eliakis who has arranged music to each of her poems, they will be performing these pieces followed by a Q&A and author signing. This storytelling event with live music is one of the highlights of our fall lineup! This event has limited seating so pick up your tickets early!

$55

WORDSONG : Three Poets set to Music

Revival House 70 Brunswick Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada

As Leonard Cohen reminds us, the line between the song and the word, is a thin one and most beautiful.  Join three celebrated and award-winning poets, George Elliott Clarke, Heidi Sander and David Stones in this unique celebration of their poetry, both spoken and transformed into song through a unique cast of illustrious musical performers.

$45

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