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Guided Neighbourhood Tasting Tour

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Whippersnapper Gallery

594 Dundas Street West

Toronto, ON M5T 1H5

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Guided Neighborhood Tasting Tour

Sunday, September 24, 12:45 - 4 PM (registration required)

Join speakers Arlene Chan, John Smith and Vanessa Ling Yu for a guided tasting tour highlighting the histories behind the restaurants, markets, bakeries grocery stores and more in the Gallery’s surrounding neighbourhoods. Each speaker will be presenting a dish, snack or sample during the tour as a storytelling device.


  • 12:45 PM sharp (Tour attendees meet at Whippersnapper Gallery)
  • 1:00 PM (Arlene Chan)
  • 2:00 PM (John Smith)
  • 3:00 PM (Vanessa Ling Yu)
  • 4:00 PM (Tour concludes, closing reception at gallery at 4:30 PM)


If you have any specific dietary needs, please notify the gallery by September 15 and we will do our best to accommodate.

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Arlene Chan, author and Chinatown historian, has written seven books about the history, culture, and traditions of the Chinese in Canada. She devotes her time to researching, writing, lecturing, and relating her first-hand experiences and family stories as a Chinatown tour guide for Heritage Toronto and The Ward Museum.

Arlene, the daughter of the late Jean Lumb (first Chinese Canadian to receive the Order of Canada), is the president of the Jean Lumb Foundation that awards high school students of Chinese heritage for excellence in academics, athletics, community services, the arts, and innovation. She serves on the board of Little Pear Garden Dance Company and as an advisor for the Toronto Public Library’s Chinese Canadian Archive, Chinese Canadian Museum, and Heritage Interpretation Working Group for Ontario Infrastructure.

John Smith is a mixed race Filipino-Canadian raised in Hamilton, Ontario. His story with Filipino food culture moves from the fishy beaches of his maternal ancestral home in Ilo Ilo, Philippines to Jersey City, NJ and Queens NY. There his family started a Filipino family restaurant (Fiesta Grill) that blossomed into four locations, one of which belongs to a cousin of John's generation (House of Inasal). North of the boarder, John has had the pleasure of serving the intersection of food and community at Lamesa Filipino Kitchen and Lasa.

John now permanently resides in Toronto as the Co-Director of community arts space 187 Augusta, Co-Founder of Filipino multidisciplinary art squad TAYO Collective, is a student of Equity at University of Toronto, as well as a carpentry apprentice and amateur writer.

Vanessa Ling Yu is the Founder of caterToronto. The interdisciplinary role continually requires her to flex between minute and mundane to macro and meaningful aspects in the business of food. Vanessa straddles areas of culture and commerce with the aim to strengthen our community food systems. She’s especially passionate about equity when it comes to recognizing the contributions of people and places often missing in the dominate narratives of food.

Sometimes that equates to facilitating food literacy and justice trainings, consulting on commercial kitchens or business plans, or developing food security and workforce strategies. Other times, she’s researching for farms trying new (to them) vegetables or standardizing recipes with far away origins, remembered only by the female head of a family. Essentially, Vanessa creates solutions by starting with community assets and strengths to improve the food sector. This and more go towards optimizing the potential of people, places, and food; stirring the literal and figurative pot to make diverse, dignified, and delicious eats!"

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