Dominion Chalmers Church355 Cooper Street

à la carte:
You Are What You Eat
with Brent Preston
and Nick Saul

à la carte: Free food literacy events presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library with support from the government of Ontario.
"Brent Preston uses brilliant storytelling and brutal honesty to describe what it takes to create both a viable organic farm and a more meaningful life for himself and his family. The New Farm is the kind of book that will inspire people to make positive change.
— Arianna Huffington
Brent Preston - Photo courtesy of Jason van Bruggen
Nick Saul - Photo courtesy of Karri North

Join us for a conversation on our relationship with the food on our plate. From access and affordability to family farming, we examine the food chain and the barriers we can overcome in ensuring that our food is nutritious and sustainable.


Told with humour and heart in Brent Preston’s unflinchingly honest voice,  The New Farm  is the story of one family’s transition from die-hard urbanites to bona fide farmers and passionate advocates for a more just and sustainable food system. It’s the story of how a couple of young professionals learned not just how to grow food, but how to succeed at the business of farming. And it’s the story of how a small, sustainable, organic farm ended up providing not just a livelihood, but a happy, meaningful and fulfilling way of life. 

Nick Saul  is co-founder and President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, a national organization that builds and supports vibrant, food-focused community centres in low-income neighbourhoods. These centres are based on the idea that good food is a powerful force for greater health, equity and social change. His bestselling book,  The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement , written with his wife, Andrea Curtis, was nominated for the Toronto Book Award and won several other awards.

Free savoury snacks will be provided by Operation Come Home

  • Glengarry blue cheese, thyme and caramelized shallot tartlets
  • Platter of local charcuterie and artisanal cheeses with mustard, fruits and flatbreads
  • Asian spiced meatballs with sticky chili glaze (warm)
  • Moroccan spiced sweetcorn, silken tofu, and fall vegetable fritters with hummus
  • Les Bergeries des Sables feta, kale and leek crostini


This free event is presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy project, à la carte. For more information on “à la carte”, please visit the OPL’s food literacy webpage.

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