Originally hailing from northern British Columbia and southern Ontario respectively, Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller first met around an Okanagan campfire in 2011. Two years later, they launched FEAST: An Edible Road Trip, a journey across the entire country, in order to experience and write about Canada's food, culture, and wealth of compelling characters. 37,000 kilometres later, and toting a Best Culinary Travel Blog award from Saveur Magazine, Lindsay and Dana share these tales in their debut cookbook, FEAST: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip .
Lindsay "Iron Stomach" Anderson grew up in the wilds of Northern BC (a.k.a. the suburbs of Prince George). She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Victoria, and a Masters of Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. Lindsay has a long and diverse history of work in food that includes personal blogging, herding goats, cheese-mongering, and cooking for hundreds of hungry tree planters. In 2012, she launched her innovative and wide reaching #lindseatsrichmond campaign and beat out 1,507 applicants to become Tourism Richmond’s 365 Days of Dining Food Blogger. This job saw her eating at and writing about a different Richmond restaurant every day for an entire year. Next, she launched the blog FEAST: An Edible Road Trip, a project which eventually became a cookbook entitled FEAST: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip. While working on the blog and book, Lindsay freelanced as a food writer and worked at a sea plane company in Vancouver's Coal Harbour.
Dana, a firm believer in dark chocolate as a vegetable, hails from Sarnia, Ontario (yes, it's kind of like Narnia) and moved to British Columbia in 2009 as the result of a previous cross-Canada road trip. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from St. Stephen's University, has spent time studying in South East Asia and Europe, and is currently working towards a Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University. Prior to the launch of the blog FEAST: An Edible Road Trip, she was a program administrator at an English school for immigrants and refugees and authored the recipe blog, Spoon! While working on the book, FEAST: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip, she worked as a server and communications manager of vegetarian Mexican brunch place on Vancouver's Commercial Drive.
The book is a gathering of recipes from all the extraordinary people they met along the way, a collection that could speak to the diversity of not only Canada’s food, but also its people and its landscape. An exciting read from two very talented story tellers, and when we asked them to share with us what they like best in their own kitchens here is what they said.
"My small rubber spatula is most useful when it comes to baking --- it manages to scoop every last bit of batter, frosting, dough etc. out of the bowl, so none is wasted!"
"I love using my rasp because it usually means that some kind of citrus zest will be added to what I'm making--zest enhances almost any type of food, but I love using it in baking or in pasta dishes."
These compelling Authors bring their diverse stories and discovered recipes to the Appetite for Words Festival in Stratford.
LITERARY LUNCH WITH LINDSAY ANDERSON AND DANA VANVELLER
Sunday October 29th, 2017
Stratford Chef School – Dining Room | 136 Ontario St Stratford, On
Doors Open at 10:30am, show starts at 11:00am
The menu will be created by Mercer Hall Kitchen and Beer Hall served family style and will be comprised of:
• Salad of maple molasses braised pork belly, beluga lentils, pickled butternut squash, Soiled Reputation fall greens, wild blueberry and Black Swan barbecue sauce
• Pickled garlic scape bannock with smoked butter
• Grandma O’Donnell’s warm butter tarts, apple butter sorbet
Make sure to follow Lindsay and Dana on Instagram! We'll see you at the event...
Read our other Appetite for Words Author Spotlights on our blog...
FEAST - Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Roadtrip- Lindsay Anderson and Dana Vanveller
EATEN BACK TO LIFE - Jonah Campbell
FIVE ROSES - Alice Zorn
NEIL FLAMBÉ SERIES - Kevin Sylvester