@RemedyFood Project Hosts #PlantBased Thought Leaders in #Toronto this June!

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REMEDY FOOD PROJECT Brings Whole Food, Plant-Based Thought Leaders to TORONTO JUN. 17-19

The Remedy Live Event is the largest of its kind in Canada

Remedy Food Project will host the Remedy Food Toronto Live Event in downtown Toronto, Ontario June 17-19 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The event brings together internationally recognized leaders from the whole food, plant-based movement including physicians, clinical researchers, celebrity chefs, and athletes, many of which were featured in the well-known documentary, “Forks Over Knives.” The reputable slate of presenters, together with more than 250 registered attendees, will mark the largest gathering of its kind in Canada.
The Atlanta-based nonprofit Alliance to Repair the American Diet (d.b.a Remedy Food project) was founded by Benji Kurtz. Obese his entire adult life, Kurtz watched “Forks Over Knives” in 2013, inspiring him to embark on a whole food, plant-based diet. The WFPB diet includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds and excludes all animal products. Kurtz lost more than 130 lbs. within eighteen months, a journey that has been featured on CNN, HLN, The Daily Mail and other news outlets worldwide. Today, Kurtz is leveraging his entrepreneurial background to raise awareness about the growing body of research linking poor food choices to chronic disease through the Remedy Food Live Events.

“Though few in number, there are studies out there that prove plant-based eating can halt and even reverse coronary artery disease,” says Kurtz. “This conference is the first event of its kind to bring these all-stars of plant-based eating to Canada, some of whom continue to develop research for this cause.”

Attendees will learn how a plant-based diet can positively alter the progression of lifestyle-related diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and autoimmune disease. Celebrity chefs and cookbook authors will demonstrate easy, economical plant-based food preparation techniques.

Attendees will enjoy sessions with more than 16 world-class speakers including Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD, author and director of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Reversal Program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute; Drs. T. Colin and Tom Campbell discussing the best-selling The China Study; local Toronto chef, author and entrepreneur Doug McNish; Matt Frazier the “No Meat Athlete”; Lindsay Nixon, “The Happy Herbivore”; Jason Wrobel; Dr. Michael Greger discussing How Not to Die, and many more.

Conference registration is open to the public, and continuing education credit is available to physicians and dietitians. Registration fees include healthy, plant-based meals and “Dinner and a Movie Night.” A complete roster of speakers, registration information and more can be found at www.remedyfood.org.

Vegan Oasis on Queen West in Toronto

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I recently traveled to Toronto on an overnight business trip and decided to ask around for vegan restaurant recommendations beforehand. Was surprised to find out that there aren’t that many 100% vegan restaurants in Toronto. Further investigation revealed Grasslands, on Queen West and now I’m the one who can make a recommendation.

My travel companion was a good sport and agreed to try a 100% vegan dinner. Since he was also paying, this was clearly a win-win for me. I searched Yelp and found Grasslands to be well-reviewed and worth a visit so it was the top choice to see if we could locate it immediately upon our arrival. Driving straight into the city, we parked a few blocks from the address and walked down Queen West until we located Grasslands (the name and interior was recently changed but the owner remains the same), in spite of the fact I’m not even sure if the name was over the door. It is a dimly lit, long restaurant and bar with plenty of seating and a cozy atmosphere. The man behind the bar quickly seated us and soon became our server. Also a vegan, who used to live in NY, we all ended up taking about the lack of vegan restaurants in Toronto and how lucky we are to have NYC within driving distance.

We ordered appetizers and entrees and the food came out quickly, was generously portioned and was … delicious. If all restaurants followed the lead of Grasslands in food quality and presentation, all restaurants would go vegan. There were no flavors or textures lacking in my polenta app with a bed of greens and sauteed mushrooms. My dinner of gluten-free rigatoni was alive with flavor and I wished it never ended. Meanwhile, my travel partner’s sobi noodle and greens appetizer was well-received and the main dish (mustard crusted tempeh with maple mash, Chinese broccoli and seasonal vegetables, shown here) was as robust and delicious as any dish in any restaurant. C’mon … it had gravy and potatoes.

Toronto is a five hour drive for us but the energy of the city and another chance to try something new at Grasslands makes me want to return soon. If there were five stars available, I’d give Grasslands five stars.

Go vegan.

PHOTO:  Caroline Aksich from PostCity.com