All posts in "Food"

The best coffee your heart can try

By Cathryn Wellner / November 30, 2015

That first, welcome cup of coffee in the morning will taste even better if you know your purchase is improving the lives of women coffee producers in countries like Peru and Indonesia. Cafe Femenino was started by 464 Peruvian women who formed a non-profit in 2004. Their vision was to improve the lives of women […]


Would you share a table with the enemy?

By Cathryn Wellner / November 23, 2015

The Humus Bar* does not consider Jews and Arabs enemies, but it cannot ignore the growing intolerance of extremists on both sides of that equation. So they decided to offer a 50% discount to Jews and Arabs willing to sit down together over a delicious dish of hummus. On October 12th, they posted a notice […]


Cooking can kill, but these Rotarians are changing that

By Cathryn Wellner / November 18, 2015

  For millions of people around the world, cooking is a deadly activity. Fire gets away and kills eight times more children than malaria. Fumes cause respiratory, eye and skin problems. Even finding the fuel to burn is a huge problem, and burning that fuel contributes a billion tons of greenhouses gases. Enter Stove Team […]


Sometimes the most generous people are next door

By Cathryn Wellner / November 16, 2015

Last week I took a friend for her birthday lunch at a small restaurant with a big reputation. Jason Leizert’s Salted Brick has made a commitment to fresh, local fare from the Okanagan Valley’s farms and artisans. I had heard the food was first rate. But a few days before that lunch, I learned Salted […]


Would you buy a $100 donut?

By Cathryn Wellner / October 28, 2015

Unless your finances are a lot more secure than mine, you would likely laugh at the thought. But what if you knew that $100 was making someone else’s life a whole lot better? I’m not kidding about the $100 donut (or doughnut or however you want to spell that tempting treat). Dolicious Donuts recently changed […]


A most compassionate child

By Cathryn Wellner / September 28, 2015

This three-year-old child does not want to eat the deep-fried octopus on his plate. Each question he asks moves him and his mother deeper into his ethical dilemma: He does not want animals killed so he can eat them. The octopus is an animal. So are chickens and cows and pigs. He insists humans must […]


This angel makes thousands of sandwiches for the homeless

By Cathryn Wellner / August 31, 2015

When streets in Minneapolis’s Twin Cities fall quiet for the night, Allan Law begins his rounds. The retired teacher stops his vehicle wherever homeless people gather. From inside a van labeled “Love One Another”, he grabs socks, hats, gloves, coats, blankets and other essential supplies. Everyone who approaches receives a sandwich. The sandwiches are prepared […]


Homeless customers are welcome at Rosa’s Fresh Pizza

By Cathryn Wellner / July 24, 2015

Mason Wartman did well on Wall Street. By the time he stopped doing equity research to start a pizza joint, he had saved a quarter of a million dollars. He used that money to launch Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, in honour of his mother, Rose. One day a customer asked to buy a slice of the […]


#1198 From food waste to generous meals

By Cathryn Wellner / February 4, 2015

  Food waste is a problem worldwide. Statistics give varying pictures of what that means, but generally number crunchers agree around 40 percent of all food ends up being tossed away in one form or another, from field to plate. Behind the percentages is a staggering waste of land, seed, water, storage, fuel, transportation, and […]


#1189 The Potluck Cafe, where job barriers come tumbling down

By Cathryn Wellner / January 14, 2015

Soup’s on at the Potluck Café, and it feeds both body and soul. The social enterprise, based in an area dubbed the poorest postal code in Canada, is bringing hope to some of British Columbia’s most marginalized residents. The organization describes its work this way: “As an award winning Social Enterprise, the mission of Potluck […]

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