The seed for one of my most popular blog posts, The High Cost of Cooking for Love, was planted at Terroir. The idea came to me with force while I was listening to a speaker. It’s a delicious feeling to have a story take root like that. I could hardly keep up with my pen as I scribbled in my notebook. That post is still shared widely by chefs and apprentices from all corners of the globe. It was a brilliant return on the cost of my ticket.
This year, I’m looking forward to the indigenous stories that start the day—Wikwemikong activist John Croutch’s talk Bitter Tastes and Sarain Carson-Fox’s talk, Renewal, Resilience and Reconciliation. I’ll take in the Breaking Bread panel and the Big Picture discussion on Canadian cookbook publishing. In the early afternoon, I’ll have to make a hard choice between French Flavour and Room to Grow.
Terroir is a feast serving generous portions of inspiration. It delivers a kind of essential nourishment I crave.