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Ottawa Public Library and Writers Festival to host food literacy authors and speakers


On October 14 and 15, à la carte, the Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy project, teams up with the Ottawa International Writers Festival to host three major author/food literacy events at Christ Church Cathedral:

  • à la carte: Science, History and Health at the Table with Stephen Le and Maya Shetreat-Klein
     Friday, October 14, 7 p.m.
     Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street

Stephen Le, Ottawa-born author of One Hundred Million Years of Food, offers a compelling history of eating to help us sort through conflicting food advice and understand the best diet for optimal  health.
In her book The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from the Soil, pediatric neurologist and New York-based author Maya Shetreat-Klein reveals the shocking contents of children’s food, and presents a nutritional plan for getting and keeping children healthy.

Register for this event here.



  • à la carte: The Ethics of Eating with Sonia Faruqi
    Saturday, October, 15, 5 p.m.
    Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street

In her book Project Animal Farm: An Accidental Journey into the Secret World of Farming and the Truth about Our Food, former Wall Street banker turned author Sonia Faruqi offers a revealing look at what happens behind farm doors and sheds light on the practices of the animal agriculture industry, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of farm animals here at home. Join us for a discussion on the changes we need to make- using our forks and our votes.

Register for this event here.


  • à la carte: Farm to Table
    Saturday, October 15, 7 p.m.
    Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street

Five local community leaders at the forefront Ottawa's food literacy movement will participate in a panel discussion about the importance of nutrition for our personal health and the importance of food security for the health of our community:Jess Fletcher, Executive Chef at Bridgehead, Ross May, co-owner of Seed to Sausage, Sara Dubeau, DHHP, DMH, an Integrative Natural Health Practitioner, Karen Secord, Manager of the Parkdale Food Centre, and Sara Pishva, founder of Top Shelf Preserves.

Register for this event here.


The events are free, but registration is required. To register, please visit the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival website:

The licensed Festival Café will be open and Dash Mobile Cookery will be providing great local food onsite.

Food donations for the Parkdale Food Centre will be gratefully accepted during the three events. Canned salmon, sardines, oats, canned tomatoes and pasta are especially needed.

à la carte, the Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy project, is funded by the Government of Ontario. For more details on à la carte, please contact us at:

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