à la carte - Food Literacy

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à la carte is a food literacy project led by the Ottawa Public Library that brings together local partners to serve up fresh programs, activities and events to raise awareness about how we are connected to the food we eat and grow.

This month's story: Time to Grow

Read a monthly digital story brought to you by à la carte to highlight what is happening in our food culture and community:

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Read Time to Grow

March story: Food Waste

Photo of food waste

Read about food waste

February Story: Food that Works

Image of vegetables on a cutting board, which links to Food that Works, a monthly digital story brought to you by à la carte to highlight what is happening in our food culture and community.

Read about food that works

January story: Comfort Food

Image of pancakes, which links to Comfort Food, a monthly digital story brought to you by à la carte to highlight what is happening in our food culture and community.

Read about comfort food

Monthly Dietitian tips from Ottawa Public Health

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Share your favourite recipe with us

The à la carte food literacy project is creating a community cookbook of original family favourites. As part of our Canada 150 Storytelling Through Food initiative we’re also looking for stories to accompany these recipes. We’d like to hear about your family favourites and the memories attached to them in a maximum of 3-4 sentences. Please be sure to submit precise measurements and include a  photo in a jpeg format. 150 recipes will be chosen to be featured in the cookbook. Thanks for sharing.

Log in with your library card to submit a recipe

Please note that the first fifty (50) customers to submit a recipe will receive a free packet of vegetable seed paper. Those customers will be contacted by the à la carte team to coordinate the delivery of the seed paper packets.

The OPL/BPO à la carte project is designed to introduce food literacy into library programming and position the public library as a recognized community resource and partner for accessible food related information and programming. The project involves working with partners who share a common vision in the emergent field of food literacy. Key stakeholders in our initiative include: Ottawa Public Health, MarketMobile, JustFood and the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival. The main components of the project focus on outreach and programming, as well as the development of a digital storytelling app related to food and the creation of a community garden on the grounds of one of our library branches. This webpage brings together resources and information related to the project. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Please contact us at: alacarte@biblioottawalibrary.ca

The project is funded by a grant from the Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund (OLCF), which is administered by the Government of Ontario.