GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD

Marni
Health Strategist and Good Food Evangelist.
This month’s Good Food Hero, Marni Wasserman, is really passionate about nutrition. Marni is a holistic nutritionist who wants to share with everyone the wealth of information that she has gained through her education and rich personal experience with food. She is a chef, nutritionist, writer and public speaker.

Marni Wassarman is a culinary nutritionist and health strategist and owner of Toronto’s first plant-based food studio and lifestyle shop. She enjoys teaching people how food can be delicious yet simple through consultations, cooking classes, retreats and workshops. Marni is also the author of Plant- Based diet for Dummies, a great book for everyone thinking of adapting a plant based lifestyle.

Marni always had an interest in food and cooking and after her education in Holistic nutrition and culinary arts she decided to embark on this new venture to educate more people about what she has learned and experienced. She loves the learning aspect and spends hours staying on top of the most current nutrition trends. Marni also enjoys speaking directly to people about good food and how small lifestyle changes can have a big impact on life.

Marni envisions her studio to become a self-sustaining venture in next few years. She is also working on exciting new books to enrich us with the wealth of information she has acquired over the years. She plans to have a TV Show and also presence in her favourite country Costa Rica.

Marni really wants to see local and organic food become more accessible to all. As people become more aware of clean and organic foods she hopes clean products will become mainstream and products loaded with toxic chemicals will become a thing of the past. Amen to that! I have personally witnessed a lot of change in last 5 years, more and more people are choosing to eat clean and support local. So many new entrepreneurs are solely focusing on making it convenient for us to eat real food without the use of any chemicals.

Marni’s Studio is available to rent for a variety of occasions from private events, bachelorette parties to cooking classes. She has also recently partnered with Fresh to teach recipes from Fresh restaurant. You can find all information about Marni Wasserman on her website

Marni shared a couple of her favourite recipes for spring that are ideal to satisfy our craving for salads in the warmer days ahead. These amazing plant based salads are packed with not only good protein but also amazing flavours!

Black Bean Salad Quinoa Tabbouleh
Black Bean Salad Quinoa Tabbouleh

I wish Marni all the best in her future endeavours – we need more people like Marni to spread the word about good food and healthy living!

The Good Food Hero for March is my favourite vegan chef – Doug McNish. I first met Chef Doug McNish when I just started GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD and was looking to rent a kitchen and Doug was renting his basement kitchen. We were side by side serving health food enthusiasts at the RiseTO event last year and have also met several times at Toronto farmer’s markets. I always admired the food Doug makes and his passion for making healthy food delicious! I chose to write about Doug as the “Good Food Hero” for his insatiable desire to make a difference and inspire people to eat good healthy food. Through his cook books, cooking classes and restaurant Doug has been inspiring people to eat healthy plant based food.

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Chef Doug McNish, author of 3 fabulous cookbooks and creator of the Public Kitchen is on a mission to alter the stigma that healthy food doesn’t taste good. At his public kitchen on Marlee Avenue in Toronto he creates food for everyone that is not only delicious but is healthy, organic, vegan and allergen free. He uses the best ingredients possible and creates flavourful meals with healthy fats and carbs. He uses absolutely no refined carbs, sugar or fats in his cooking.You can also find Chef Doug McNish at the Brickworks on Saturdays for a delicious vegan brunch.

Doug started his personal journey to a healthier life in his early twenties after realizing that he was overweight at 270lbs. Doug started eating healthier and living a more active lifestyle. The positive difference that he felt in himself after making the changes inspired him to help spark change in others.

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Doug is ready to release his third cookbook- “Vegan Everyday” it is a compilation of more than 500 vegan and gluten free recipes. He is also working on building his Public Kitchen to serve as a retail and restaurant destination for delicious healthy meals. Doug envisions a future where more businesses are creating real food, supporting farmers who work really hard to grow the food.

I had such a wonderful time talking to Doug at his kitchen, getting to know him better and understand where and how it started. He is not only an amazing chef and a change maker but also an incredible and compassionate person. I only wish the best for him from the bottom of my heart. I would highly recommend visiting his Public Kitchen for brunch or weekend diners, his food will certainly convince you to start eating healthy.

Public Kitchen: 561 Marlee Ave, Toronto, ON M6B 3J6
Website: http://dougmcnish.com

Aspiring Actress and Food Entrepreneur

I am introducing a new blog series to share stories of Good Food Heroes, people that I admire for their extraordinary work in bringing good food to Torontonians and Canadians. Each one of these Good Food Heroes has an amazing story that inspires me to realize my mission of making good food accessible to everyone, including those who cannot afford it. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such determined entrepreneurs who are giving their all to bring clean and healthy food to our dinner tables. By seeking and supporting the foods of these entrepreneurs, we can overcome the (industrial) food system that has created so many health issues for mankind. Hope you enjoy learning about these Heroes and support them the next time you are shopping for good food.

Good Food Hero – Kailey Gilchrist, Founder Nona Vegan!

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I recently approached Kailey Gilchrist with a request to share her story with me and was delighted when she accepted. Our short meeting over coffee extended to over two hours. It is funny how sometimes you plan and structure a discussion but the conversation takes a seemingly random path and in the end you realize your discussion was richer and fuller than your original plan. Kailey came across as a bright young woman with a strong determination to make a difference in the world of food. She is an aspiring actress and a new food entrepreneur and I am confident she will be successful in both her pursuits. I am looking forward to seeing all her innovations in the stores and on my dinner table.

Nona is a line of vegan cashew based sauces that are handmade in Toronto. They are all dairy, gluten, soy and corn free with absolutely no preservatives. They are great alternative to traditional Alfredo sauce when you are in a rush and can’t make it from scratch! The sauces are super versatile and go great on pasta or steamed vegetables and can also be used as a dip or salad dressing. I loved it over broccoli and macaroni.

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Kailey and her mom developed the recipe for vegan Alfredo sauce when she was growing up and it has been a family favourite ever since. After Kailey’s mom passed away a few years ago she wanted to do something to preserve her mom’s memories through her food. One thing led to another and after doing her research Kailey launched Nona in June 2013. This is Kailey’s way of making a difference one jar at a time. It’s her way of sharing her healthy family recipes with the world.

Here is Kailey’s story on “why Nona” in her own words:

IMG_4924 2“I’m doing this for my mother. I’m doing this because she loved to nurture people with food, and so do I. I’m doing this for animals, because I am a vegan and I believe that no animal should be used by a human for any purpose if said human can live perfectly well without doing so. I’m doing this to provide options for other food lovers – so that the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle doesn’t seem so impossible. I’m doing this because my mama always believed in me and encouraged me to make a difference in the world – and I believe that this might make a small difference. I’m doing this because some day, I may have enough money to give back to communities and efforts that I believe in. I’m doing this because I love food. I love life. I love animals. I love people. I love cooking. I love feeding people. I love my mother, and I love our vegan Alfredo sauce!”

Kailey currently sells her amazing sauces through a few retailers in Toronto and is hoping to distribute nationally and across the border so she can make a difference in more meals. She would eventually like the product to be organic but for now she is content with making something with real food. She has big plans for all the line extensions she will be developing in years to come. I will be eagerly waiting for some more amazing sauces from her. Kailey really wants to spread the awareness about food. She envisions our stores to have more fresh but convenient options made with real food as people become more aware of what they are eating.

Please visit www.nonavegan.com to know more about Kailey and where to find her delicious sauces.