Compiled by Lisa Day
Milk for food banks
The Ontario Dairy Farmers (DFO) and its members are donating an additional 160,000 litres of milk to the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) throughout December and January.
That is on top of ongoing monthly contributions of 65,000 litres.
“We recognize the real need in the community to help those who struggle to provide their families with nutritious food, especially at this time of year,” said Bill Emmott, DFO chair in a release. “...This is our way of giving back to Ontario and the people of our province during the holiday season.”
Ontario’s dairy farmers are the single largest donor to the OAFB – donating close to one million litres of milk every year. Throughout the year, about 500 dairy farmers in Ontario donate a portion of their own milk; in coordination with industry partners the Ontario Milk Transportation Association and the fluid milk processors in the Ontario Dairy Council, the milk is then delivered to food banks throughout the year.
“Hunger and access to fresh, nutritious food continues to be a problem in Canada,” said Amanda King, associate manager, fundraising, membership and communications at the OAFB. “DFO has always been one of the biggest supporters of the food bank program, and with this additional donation we will be able to serve thousands more families in need during this busy season.”
The OAFB, which released its annual Hunger Report recently, found in a single month more than 412,998 families in Ontario accessed food banks, with as many as 17,190 households doing so for the first time.
Visit www.milk.org for details.
Celebrate winter with good food during Winterlicious, Toronto’s culinary celebration and the prix fixe promotion, Jan. 25 to Feb. 7.
For 2013, 191 restaurants citywide are participating in the Winterlicious Prix Fixe Promotion, which offers a three-course prix fixe lunch menus for $15, $20 and $25 and dinner for $25, $35 and $45.
Restaurants start taking reservations for the prix fixe promotion Thursday, Jan. 10. American Express Card members can make reservations Jan. 8 and 9.
Visit www.toronto.ca/winterlicious for details.
Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams
After spending months maturing with the dreams of Canadians inscribed on its barrels, Canada’s own Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams Single Malt Scotch has arrived just in time for the holidays.
Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch has officially released the limited edition Cask of Dreams vintage in Canada. It is the culmination of the cross-Canada Cask of Dreams tour that set out to capture the hopes and aspirations of Canadians.
On Robbie Burns Day in January, whisky barrels from the Glenfiddich Distillery began to literally roll across the country.
Canadians were asked to finish the statement “One day I will,” inscribing their dreams on barrels eventually used to finish the Cask of Dreams vintage.
After travelling from coast to coast, the virgin American oak whisky barrels returned to the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland, where they were filled with a selection of Glenfiddich whiskies no younger than 14 years old.
Now, after finishing in the signed casks for three months, the whisky has returned and is now available in Ontario for Christmas.
“Throughout our cross-Canada tour, thousands of Canadians shared their aspirations and dreams on these barrels and each inscription was truly inspiring,” said Beth-Anne Perry, Glenfiddich brand manager in a release. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the finished result back to Canada. It’s a single malt that Canadians can truly call their own and is full of holiday spirit.”
The end result is a whisky that has notes of dried fruit and vanilla, which can be enjoyed on the nose and palate along with an added layer of spice. The finish is long, smooth and mellow.
Only four countries worldwide were selected to share in the Cask of Dreams special vintage, each rolling out their own barrels to capture local dreams. In Canada, a total of 20 whisky barrels rolled out across 11 cities, returning just in time for the holiday season.
Only 13,000 bottles will be released.
The Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams Single Malt Scotch retails for about $99.99.
Bacon in your shaving cream
The makers of the bacon coffin suggests you also try some bacon shaving cream.
J&D’s Food Bacon Shaving Cream is made in the States and offers high end, luxurious bacon-scented shaving cream for all skin types, according to a release.
The release said it's best used “after a hot shower or before an important date with someone you may want to spend the rest of your life with. Our rich creamy moisturizers and hearty essential oils ensure a high-performance, velvety smooth shaving experience. Our advanced heat-activated aromatic technology lasts for hours and delivers maximum bacon scent when you need it most.”
The shaving cream was launched in late November and there is a limited supply.
And there is more. J&D’s also offers Bacon Roses that smell like bacon, Smell the Bacon Stickers and Sriracha Lip Balm with a SPF 15.
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