Campus IT & Library Updates

By: The Cio  09-12-2011

Date: Wednesday, November 16th
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Academic Town Square

The University of Guelph Library is hosting a unique tasting opportunity as the Chef from Borealis – a local restaurant with an emphasis on preparing locally grown produce – serves dishes prepared from recipe books found within the Library’s Archival and Special Collections. The event will be held on November 16th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in the Academic Town Square area located on the Main Floor of the Library.

The Library has partnered with the University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the Student Nutrition Awareness Program (SNAP), Hospitality Services and Borealis to create dishes that emphasize the importance of locally grown foods and draw attention to the wealth of recipes found in the University’s Canadian Cookbook Collection. Comprised of domestic management manuals and cookbooks used by Canadians over three centuries, the Canadian Cookbook Collection currently consists of more than 13,000 volumes. Many of these books have been generously donated by individuals interested in the preservation of Canada's culinary past. Because cookery and dining are fundamental human activities, cookbooks record important traditions and document cultural changes.

This tasting opportunity is open to everyone and is designed to increase awareness of the Culinary Collection and highlight its social, cultural and historical significance. Recipe items available to sample include grilled fresh Ontario zucchini, home-made butter tarts with buttery pastry shells, a creamy spinach dip and, of course, meatballs made from local grass-fed Ontario beef.