Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 28th festival on September 24, 2017  

Cooking with the Wolfman

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Cooking with the Wolfman

In Cooking with the Wolfman David Wolfman, a classically trained chef, and Marlene Finn blend together all the necessary ingredients to craft a special treat – Indigenous Fusion. Combining  storytelling, Indigenous recipes, classical cooking techniques, traditional ingredients, culture and history they have created both a highly useable cookbook and a revelatory story of personal experiences. Woven between the unique recipes are reflections on their relationship with food as individuals and as a family, as well as stories and practices from diverse indigenous nations across the Americas.

Covering everything from the origin of bannock to the finer points of filleting a fish, Cooking with the Wolfman is accessible and engaging for cooks of all levels –  from foodies looking to try locally foraged ingredients to Indigenous cooks interested in new ways to enjoy traditional foods.

  • Cooking | Cuisine

David Wolfman

Born in Toronto, David Wolfman had an early start in the kitchen, helping his mom at home by the age of nine, and working at a take-out counter by the age of 14. He studied cooking at George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology, where he would later create the first college-level Aboriginal Cuisine program in Canada. After establishing his name in the culinary industry, the indigenous community of Toronto discovered Wolfman, a member of Xaxli’p First Nation, where he was immediately identified as a unique First Nations role model with professional culinary skills and natural leadership qualities. David responded to the call of entrepreneurship, specializing in menus that showcased the traditional foods of the indigenous peoples of Canada, but with a modern twist.

In 1999 Wolfman started hosting his own cooking program on APTN; ‘Cooking with the Wolfman’ aired in Canada for 18 years and is now airing on FNX and NativeFlix in the US.

David continues to teach and consult as a restaurant consultant, hospitality career educator, special events menu designer, indigenous tourism consultant, cooking demonstrator, and producer of culinary knives. David works closely with his wife and business partner, Marlene Finn. Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion, is their first cookbook.

Cooking with the Wolfman

In Cooking with the Wolfman David Wolfman, a classically trained chef, and Marlene Finn blend together all the necessary ingredients to craft a special treat – Indigenous Fusion. Combining  storytelling, Indigenous recipes, classical cooking techniques, traditional ingredients, culture and history they have created both a highly useable cookbook and a revelatory story of personal experiences. Woven between the unique recipes are reflections on their relationship with food as individuals and as a family, as well as stories and practices from diverse indigenous nations across the Americas.

Covering everything from the origin of bannock to the finer points of filleting a fish, Cooking with the Wolfman is accessible and engaging for cooks of all levels –  from foodies looking to try locally foraged ingredients to Indigenous cooks interested in new ways to enjoy traditional foods.

  • Cooking | Cuisine

Marlene Finn

Marlene Finn, M.Ed., is a consultant in Indigenous education and business. A member of the Metis Nation of Ontario, Marlene was born in Toronto. She studied business at Ryerson University and education at the University of Toronto before starting a career as a high school teacher in 1987—leaving the classroom 13 years later for the boardroom, becoming the Director of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and, later, the Vice-President of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

She opened her own consulting business and works with First Nations communities and educational institutes and social service agencies that deliver services to indigenous populations, specializing in program design, development and evaluation; employment training; and communications. Marlene taught Native Studies and conducted Aboriginal Relations training and is a co-author of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: Teacher Resource (Pearson) and Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion (Douglas and McIntyre). As agent to Chef David Wolfman, her husband and business partner, Marlene lends her project management skills to support his restaurant makeovers and her curriculum development skills to his training projects in indigenous tourism and family health. She is his videographer at cooking demonstrations and his number one fan.