Saturday, August 22, 2015

Food for Thought with Alex Bielak- Sips and Bites – It’s summertime edition

Sips and Bites – It’s summertime edition 

I’ll be the first to admit the hot summer weather has meant that beyond
fishing, marketing, a bit of barbequing, and a bit more imbibing with friends, little has gone on in the Food for Thought household. That said, here are a few upcoming dates for your calendars, as well as a couple of tips on places that merit a visit. Pop Up Hamilton is running ‘The Great Southern Cookout August 28th.’ Owner, Dave Hanley says chefs from Southern Smoke BBQ and the Aberdeen Tavern will be collaborating on the chef-inspired menu. As always the location is secret for now. You can sign up for tickets via the website.

If you’d like to get a flavour of what to expect at the Pop-Up, check out a short
YouTube video about the previous event: held at the Hamilton Player’s Guild Theatre, it was a celebration of Downton Abbey, with guests attired in Edwardian costume and served authentic period dishes. Sounds like fun!

Ever-popular Chef Michael Smith returns to
Springridge Farm, Sunday, September 27 at 10:30am. He’ll be promoting his latest cookbook, Make Ahead Meals, during an exclusive meet and greet and

Monday, August 17, 2015

Media Release: The Hamilton Farmers’ Market welcomes new vendors


 The Hamilton Farmers’ Market welcomes new vendors

HAMILTON, ON – August 17, 2015 – The Hamilton Farmers’ Market is pleased to announce three new vendors. Henry Brown’s Small Batch Ice Cream, Eat Industries Inc. and Fenwick Flowers are the latest vendors to enhance the rich and diverse Market community.

Henry Brown’s Small Batch Ice Cream offers Market customers a tasty assortment of handmade ice cream and sorbets plus an assortment of Hewitt’s ice cream. Owned by Ed Wong and local foodie Karen Burson, Henry Brown’s provides local dessert items. They feature an all-star lineup of unique flavours including very London fog latte, Vietnamese coffee, black sesame and the popular salted caramel. The raspberry and lavender homemade sodas are also a local favourite. In addition, they also offer organic dairy and dairy free options.

Eat Industries Inc. is a new artisan grab and go restaurant founded by Brandon Jackson and Matthew Pigeon delivering exceptional service and food. This Baja peninsula influenced restaurant enhances the variety of lunch options offering locally made, hand crafted food using local ingredients where possible, including tacos, sandwiches, salsas, pickles, sauces and desserts. For more menu options, please visit

Fenwick Flowers, a family owned business managed by John and Jane Snieder, have been providing the region with local flower options and have now established their first retail operation inside of the Market. Fenwick offers cut flowers, potted plants, floral supplies and giftware.

“We are pleased with the addition of these new vendors. Market customers are looking to support local products and small businesses. In line with the trend of making enjoyable food an experience, the products at Henry Brown’s and Eat Industries provide a broad range of flavours for customers to choose from. In addition, the new florist, Fenwick Flowers offers local flowers at affordable prices” says John Hertel, Director of Finance, Administration and Revenue Generation.

All three new vendors are located on the west side of the lower level. The Market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with one hour no charge parking at the York Blvd Parkade. 

For more information, please visit

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sad News

Independent journalist Joey Coleman has announced that he could no longer continue his site, The Public Record. In an article, (click here to read it), he refers to the site's operations being suspended and cites his reasons.

The Hamiltonian sees this as a sad day for news reporting in Hamilton. Mr. Coleman's passion and commitment stood as an example for others and bettered Hamilton's landscape in terms of news, and contemporary ways to report the news.

We wish Joey well and hope to see him back in the future.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Motions in Motion

Moved by Councillor Sam Merulla ;

Whereas the Bank of Canada is looking at Canada’s economic well-being; and

Whereas there are indications that the Canadian economy is precariously positioned and could face an economic downturn; and

Whereas in 2008, the global economic recession affected cities and left local governments without policies to offset any impacts outside of the Federal economic stimulus program; and

Whereas the Federal Government is looking at its economic policies in an effort to address the economic challenges facing the country;

Therefore be it resolved:

a) That if during the 2016 City budget preparation, there exists a national structural deficit, that staff report back on potential actions to mitigate risks and;

b) That furthermore, if there is a national structural deficit, that staff also look at national and provincial policies and work with senior levels of government to ensure that the City of Hamilton provides its input as a key stakeholder in any economic policies intended to ‎assist cities.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Media Release: Councillor Arlene VanderBeek- Filming Clarification

Filming in Dundas is not dead

Sometimes decisions are made for the right reason, but play out in an unintended way. Media attention; a few phone calls and emails; most importantly, discussions with a couple of folks who are directly affected by fall-out from this decision; and additional information about the film industry's database -- all come together to bear out the need for re-examination.

This is Dundas... the home of concerned and engaged residents -- most of whom, like me, value a quality of life and community spirit where we work together to find good solutions to difficult issues. We'll do that with this issue too.

I am always willing to re-examine new information, as it comes forward, and to work with the decision-makers to reach the best resolution for us as a community.

In light of the recent media attention and what appears to be an issue requiring context and clarification, I want to make clear, filming in Dundas is not dead. In fact, this couldn’t be farther from