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From the December 2007 Newsletter:

FOOD AT THE RINK

The Zamboni café is open seven days a week, serving park cookies, hot chocolate, mini-pizzas, organic hot dogs, Mary Sylwester’s vegan burgers and warming farmers’ market soup and muffins, park oven bread and butter, Sosnicki’s perogies, and other surprises. On Fridays, and often on Saturdays, the food is a little more elaborate for those rink users who’d like to have supper and skate or visit there with friends.

How the money works: all the food is also a fund-raiser for other park activities. The (very cheap) prices suggested on the menu board are to cover the cost of materials and to add a bit of money to the park fund. If you can’t pay that much, don’t! If you can pay more, do! (It all goes to a good cause – for instance – a cord of wood for the rink woodstove.) If you can’t pay at all, even to cover materials, swap some work for food – the park staff are often swamped, and a bit of help with tidying the rink house or snow shoveling is much appreciated. Or swap something the park can use – a load of scrap-wood from home, for instance, to burn in the bread ovens. If you forgot your money at home, just tell the staff you’ll bring it later. It all works out.

posted October 04, 2007

Pizza Days over until late spring 2008

 
 

From the August 2007 Newsletter:

FOOD IN THE PARK:

Friday Night Suppers are at the picnic tables by the oven (6 to 7.30 p.m., $6 for the main plate, between $2-$3 each for soup, salad, dessert, no reservations necessary). Also, seven days a week, the playground snack bar serves good snack foods, much of it prepared from farmers’ market food. The price list reflects how much money is needed to pay for the materials that went into the food, plus a bit of fundraising for other park uses. But if your grocery money is tight, and you and your kids are hungry, even the cheap snack bar food prices may add up too fast.

If you’re hungry, but you can’t pay as much for the food, pay less. Park staff also like to do trades – if you can do something for the park (help shovel sand back into the sand play area, wash dishes, sort tools in the tool cupboard, break up wooden skids for the bread ovens) the park staff will tell you that your money won’t work at the snack bar, and you have to eat for free. That goes for kids too.

On the other hand, if you find the food very cheap and good and think it should cost more, pay more. Every penny goes to the park. (This “cookie money” is currently administered by the CEntre for LOcal research into public Space, CELOS for short. To find out how those funds are spent, go to the web site: www.dufferinpark.ca and click on “about us.”)


Friday Night Supper

DUFFERIN GROVE FARMERS’ MARKET, EVERY THURSDAY 3 TO 7 PM

To get market manager’s Anne Freeman’s weekly market-news e-mail, send your request to market@dufferinpark.ca. In the August 1 market news, Jesse Sosnicki wrote:

"Ben and I will be loaded with tons of field fresh sweet Cantaloupes tomorrow! More fresh cucs; get them before they are gone. Lots of fresh dug Yukon and Red Norland Potatoes, Cherry tomatoes, Slicing tomatoes, lots of zucs, the first of our beets, the first of our green and yellow beans, bunched sweet onions, basil and parsley to round out our very, very hot sweaty day of harvest, but soo worth it!"

From the August 2007 Newsletter:

PIZZA DAYS:

The bake oven is available three times a week for people to make their own pizzas. The open times are

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 noon to 2 pm, and
  • Sundays from 1 to 3 pm.

For $2 you get a lump of dough made in the park kitchen, plus some tomato sauce and some grated cheese (both from No Frills across the street). As the herbs and the little tomatoes and peppers ripen in the park gardens, pizza makers can go into the gardens and pick additional toppings there – no charge.

For groups and birthday parties, people can book

  • Tuesdays from 2-3pm,
  • Wednesdays from 11-12pm, and
  • Sundays 12-1pm and 3-4pm.

The cost is $45 for additional staffing plus $2 per pizza.

From the July 2007 Newsletter:

PIZZA DAYS:

The bake oven is available three times a week for people to make their own pizzas. The open times are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 noon to 2 pm, and Sundays from 1 to 3 pm. For $2 you get a lump of dough made in the park kitchen, plus some tomato sauce and some grated cheese (both from No Frills across the street). As the herbs and the little tomatoes and peppers ripen in the park gardens, pizza makers can go into the gardens and pick additional toppings there – no charge.

For groups and birthday parties, people can book

  • Tuesdays from 2-3pm,
  • Wednesdays from 11-12pm, and
  • Sundays 12-1pm and 3-4pm.

The cost is $45 for additional staffing plus $2 per pizza.

Friday Night Suppers

Friday Night Suppers are at the picnic tables by the oven (6 to 7.30 p.m., $6 for the main plate, between $2-$3 each for soup, salad, dessert, no reservations necessary). Also, seven days a week, the playground snack bar serves good snack foods, much of it prepared from farmers’ market food. The price list reflects how much money is needed to pay for the materials that went into the food, plus a bit of fundraising for other park uses. But if your grocery money is tight, and you and your kids are hungry, even the cheap snack bar food prices may add up too fast.

If you’re hungry, but you can’t pay as much for the food, pay less. Park staff also like to do trades – if you can do something for the park (help shovel sand back into the sand play area, wash dishes, sort tools in the tool cupboard, break up wooden skids for the bread ovens) the park staff will tell you that your money won’t work at the snack bar, and you have to eat for free. That goes for kids too.

On the other hand, if you find the food very cheap and good and think it should cost more, pay more. Every penny goes to the park. (This “cookie money” is currently administered by the CEntre for LOcal research into public Space, CELOS for short. To find out how those funds are spent, go to the web site: www.dufferinpark.ca and click on “about us.”)

From the June 2007 Newsletter:

PIZZA DAYS

Tuesdays noon to 2 pm, Sundays 1 pm to 3 pm (weather permitting - call the park for updates on days of inclement weather - 416-392-0913).

You can make your own pizza in our wood fired bread ovens. The rules are the same as last year -- $2 per pizza (you get a lump of dough, some tomato sauce, and cheese, and you can pick toppings from the park gardens when they’re growing there). If you plan to bring a big group please call ahead to warn the staff 416-392-0913 or email staff@dufferinpark.ca. Birthday parties: you can book them on Sundays before or after the public pizza times (i.e. birthday parties are at noon or 3 pm). It costs $45 for staffing, plus the regular $2 per pizza. If you can’t afford that, park staff will work out a trade with you. Note: from time to time, a newcomer discovers the pizza ovens, and really wants to try it. If that happens during a birthday party, please include them so they have a chance. They’ll know the right time for public pizza time the next time.

FRIDAY NIGHT SUPPER

Fridays, 6-7:30pm

By the oven, made with fresh ingredients from the farmers´ market. This is also a weekly fundraiser for park programs. All the surplus from the $6 entrée cost goes to enriching programming at the playground in the summer. A win-win! Cooks this year (taking turns) are Mary Sylwester, Amy Withers, Anna Bekerman, and Yo Utano. Supper is served from 6 to 7.30 p.m, no reservations needed. There will be two lineups and a separate kids’ station like last year, so hopefully no frustration.

A blustery Friday night supper. Friday June 8 Toronto experienced a pretty intense storm and the park saw quite a few branches fall – there was a particularly large branch in the playground that recreation staff and park users dragged to one side to clear access to the sandpit. Despite the rain and dust-hurling winds, Friday night supper wasn’t cancelled, and quite a few people braved the storm to enjoy Chicken Divan and Chickpea Curry Pot Pie inside the rinkhouse, while they traded stories about surviving the adventurous trip to dinner.

Please note that Friday Night Supper usually does not get called off until about 5pm, so call around then - we update the phone message in inclement weather - 416-392-0913


Photo by Laura Berman

From the May 2007 Newsletter:

FRIDAY NIGHT SUPPER

resumes Friday May 18, 2007 (weather permitting), by the oven

This is also a weekly fundraiser for park programs. All the surplus from the $6 entrée cost goes to enriching programming at the playground in the summer. A win-win! Cooks this year (taking turns) are Mary Sylwester, Amy Withers, Anna Bekerman, and Yo Utano. Supper is served from 6 to 7.30 p.m, no reservations needed. There will be two lineups and a separate kids’ station like last year, so hopefully no frustration.

PIZZA DAYS STARTING MAY 13, 2007, 1-3pm

Pizza days will start up again on Sunday May 13th weather permitting. Between 1-3pm you can make your own pizza in our wood fired bread ovens. Tuesday pizza days will resume on May 15 from 12-2pm. The Wednesday pizza days won’t start again until the 27th of June.

The rules are the same as last year -- $2 per pizza (you get a lump of dough, some tomato sauce, and cheese, and you can pick toppings from the park gardens when they’re growing there). If you plan to bring a big group please call ahead to warn the staff 416-392-0913 or email staff@dufferinpark.ca. Birthday parties: you can book on Sundays before or after the public pizza times (i.e. birthday parties are at noon or 3 pm). It costs $45 for staffing, plus the regular $2 per pizza. If you can’t afford that, park staff will work out a trade with you.


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