Movember Toronto Food Week (MOTOFO): 5 nights, 5 food events, one cause

Movember Toronto Food Week

The 1st ever Movember Toronto Food Week (MOTOFO) will cook up 5 unique food events in the final week of November, guaranteeing fun, food, and full moustaches for everyone in attendance.

Organized by Uniiverse and Death Row Meals, MOTOFO will include one food event each evening, from Monday, November 26 to Friday, November 30, hosted by some of Toronto’s top food talent. Event prices range from $5 to $40 with proceeds donated to Movember.

Movember MOTOFO Events:

Monday, November 26, 7pm – 8:30 pm: Amanda Ford’s Fall Cooking Demo. City Girl Chef wants to teach us all a little bit about cooking for fall. Venison, cocktails, snacks, and a gorgeous woman – we can’t think of a better way to spend a chilly evening in Movember! There will also be an appearance from bee keeper Fred Davis of Fred D’s Bees.

Tuesday, November 27, 6pm – 8pm: Burgers ‘n’ Beer at Burger Bar with Brock Shepherd. Taste a flight of all local craft beers, paired along side some great and inventive sliders from the crew at Burger Bar.

Wednesday, November 28, 7pm – 8:30 pm: Fermentation Workshop with blogger David Ort of David will give a hands-on demonstration of the process that converts raw ingredients into some of the world’s most delicious foods.

Thursday, November 29, 7:30pm – 1:30 am: Matt Basille celebrates the elevation of street food and Fidel Gastro’s one-year anniversary with a Movember fuelled party.

Friday, November 30, 7pm – 8:30pm: Uncorked Wine Tasting: Come and discover the world of local VQA wines with Allison Slute, the official sommelier at Death Row Meals and Pillitteri Estates Winery. Allison will present some great fall choices for buying local, and talk about these wines informally, but in depth.

To attend any of the events and donate to the cause, book your tickets here:

Do you tweet? Use hashtag #MOTOFO or follow along.

About Movember:

Movember is a charity event and awareness campaign held during November each year. It raises funds and awareness for men’s health. On November 1, men registered as “Mo Bros” begin with clean-shaved faces (except those who cheat – ahem) and spend November growing out their facial hair while collecting donations for their favourite men’s health charity such as Prostate Cancer Canada.

For the month of November participating men are essentially walking, talking advertisements for Movember. If you know what Movember is, you begin to become more aware of moustaches, and you can’t not think about the campaign or men’s health when you see a man with a moustache- especially a man with one that doesn’t suit him. By mid-month you might find yourself playing a guessing game of “year-round or Movember?”, relieved to find that their facial fur is all for charity. Maybe you see moustaches reminiscent of 70s porn, or Mr. Kotter.

I think that it’s those who don’t have faces for facial hair that have more effect because it’s more distinct. It’s like seeing someone wearing unexpected bright colours rather than earth tones.

And women? They’re encouraged to donate, and also wear their own removable fake moustaches (or real, permanent ones).

Of the other 21 countries participating in Movember, Canada is in the fundraising lead – interestingly, with more money raised than the U.K. even though the U.K. has more registered participants. We’re way ahead of the U.S. in both. In past years I’ve heard that it’s a bigger thing in Canada and that there’s less awareness of the campaign in the U.S.

Who are you supporting for Movember?

[Update: Read Meghan’s blog post called “So you grew a moustache. What else?”. It raises points that I nearly raised here.]

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