Food For Thought: A Virtual Shared Meal and Conversation

Thursday, October 21st, 4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Join SWRC for a virtual cooking class, shared meal and conversation, as part of Waste Reduction Week. Focusing on local foods, the meal kits provided by ZestyKits contain ingredients from five different Saskatchewan producers.

Catherine from ZestyKits will walk everyone through how to prepare their meal, while sharing her perspective on local foods. Afterwards, we will virtually share a meal while listening to a conversation between local food experts, Noelle Chorney from Tall Order Communications and Evelyn Reisner of Fresh Dish Catering.

Registration fees include meal kit with ingredients for two, four, or six portions, delivery within Saskatchewan, and access to virtual event. Registration deadline for those in Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw is October 13th by noon. For anyone outside of those cities, the deadline to register is this Friday, October 8th.


Beef and Pinto Enchiladas

Vegetarian option:
Veggie ground replaces the beef

Gluten-free option:
Original recipe is naturally gluten-friendly.

Please note: vegetarian option is not gluten-free

Recipe features these Saskatchewan producers:
Splendor Garden
Prairie Meats
Golden Eden
Lajord Colony
Farmers Direct Organic


4:00pm — 5:00pm: Catherine from ZestyKits will walk everyone through cooking their meal, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions

5:00pm — 6:00pm: A fireside conversation about food waste and local food issues between Noelle Chorney of Tall Order Communications & Evelyn Reisner of Fresh Dish Catering


Catherine Beaudoin, CEO and owner of ZestyKits Inc. and its sister company, CookieKits.

She holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and is board member of the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA Saskatchewan).

After 10 years working in the corporate world, she decided to follow her passion and pursue a career as an entrepreneur.

Catherine's values are rooted in transforming industries through collaboration, supporting local economies, environmental consciousness and wholesome food experiences.

Evelyn Reisner, owner and executive chef of Fresh Dish Catering

My passion for food started as a child - both because my mother is a fantastic cook and because I have had the fortune of living in a number of different countries and enjoying a wide variety of cuisines. I have been working in the food industry for many years, and started up Fresh Dish Catering at the end of 2014. I am incredibly proud of our large number of repeat customers; that’s why I’m pouring my heart and soul into this venture!

In 2014, I had the opportunity to study in Italy at ICIF in the Master Course in Italian Cuisine and Oenology. It was wonderful and inspiring! I continue to feature authentic Italian dishes, full four-course meals, and handmade pasta kits as an homage to that wondrous cuisine.

To sum up my cooking philosophy: Good food is central to cultural and family traditions, and was integral in our family when I was growing up. All of our happiest moments happened around food. From the Italian tradition, food is best in its simplest and purest form; the taste is in the top quality ingredients and careful preparation which respects the integrity of the food.

Noelle Chorney, owner of Tall Order Communications

Noelle is a Saskatchewan farm kid, and a food writer, blogger and judge, and has been the leader of Slow Food Saskatoon, Saskatchewan's first (and currently only) Slow Food Convivium since 2015. Food is her favourite topic to think about, talk about, write about and she loves growing it, cooking it, eating it and sharing it. Considering her passion, she is a good fit with the Slow Food movement's existence in 'that magical place between joy and justice.

Registration for the Cooking Class portion is now closed. If you would like to take in just the Fireside Chat, contact Bobbie at [email protected] to get the link.