Summer evenings were made for potluck picnics in beautiful gardens.
Amongst the busy Toronto streets, right on Queen Street East, is the perfectly picturesque, historic Ashbridge Estate. Though it’s beautiful gardens are enough of a reason to visit, we were there to attend a Potluck Picnic organized by our partners and friends at Canadian Women in Food. What made this event even more special, is that proceeds went to an incredible local organization called Building Roots. Their work focuses on supporting people in low-income communities affected by social isolation and food insecurity – a cause we deeply care about and support.
With Greek inspired Antipasto Salad, Buttermilk Biscuits with Homemade Serbian Cherry Preserves and Morning Glory Muffins in hand, we entered the Estate and were immediately transported back in time. A time (before our own), where communal gatherings and outdoor feasts were a way of life. Where genuine connections, conversations and homemade meals were shared with neighbours and friends. It was fantastic. It was intimate. Beautiful. It was everything one would hope a summer picnic would be, in a historic garden, in the middle of Toronto.
We conversed with incredible women in business: entrepreneurs, foodies, nutritionists, farmers, lawyers-turned-wine-importers, bakers and Earth Goddesses! We had a blast and made several wonderful connections that can only happen when you remove yourself from the digital world, step back in time just a little bit, and talk to people face to face, over incredible food, cupcakes and tea.
We left that picnic with more than what we came with. Full bellies, a happy heart, fresh mint from their garden, and loads of gratitude.
Very special thanks goes to Cheryl Appleton of Canadian Women in Food, Lisa Kates of Building Roots and Ontario Heritage Trust – please continue doing what you do!!
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