How better to decide what tastes good than to have a Food Fight?

We wanted to ‘change the channel’ on discussing the impacts of food on climate change… so we had a fight. A Food Fight that is.

Rather than discuss CO2 emissions, the impacts on soil erosion, animal agriculture or health; we chose to fight about who’s dish tastes better. And those dishes fight climate change

Our food fighters were in fight’n form! And it was a helluva lot of fun. According to the poll results, crowds voted for Sydney’s dish from the CornerStone restaurant to be the most tastiest climate friendly dish: her Dish Tastes Way Better than the other fighters. Thanks to our politicians for being our Celebrity Taste Testers for this fight: MP Lloyd Longfield, MPP Mike Schreiner and Guelph City Councillor Mike Salisbury.

eMERGE was delighted to host our food fighters:

  1. Kim England – 10C Shared Space and Nourish Kitchen |Dessert from “Surplus Food”
  2. Dewey – The Sip Club (519) 265.1964 |Hot & Sour Soup
  3.  Nevada Jennesonne – Cadence (519) 265-8225 | Mac & Cheese w/ Broccoli
  4. Sydney Coles – The CornerStone (519) 827-0145| Tempeh Reuben

And every fight needs a referee. Marty Williams, Executive Director of Downtown Guelph,  kept ours in check while they battled over who’s dish tasted better.

Check out the fight in the video below!

A recording of the webinar can be found on our YouTube Channel here!

The slide deck for this webinar is now available here.



Talking about food and climate change in the same conversation has the distinct possibility of getting you into … well… uhm…ah… shall we say in a little bit of controversy.

What we eat is always loaded with a lot of familial warmth, emotion and of course tension. The conversation can quickly evolve into a debate about health, cost, agriculture, economics, science, personal opinion, maybe even the US election and (insert a deep breath here) of course taste.

Guess we didn’t mention climate change eh.

Without getting too preachy here at all (maybe just a tiny bit, but hear us out because we promise this will be fun!) we all know that eating a more local, plant based diet that wastes less food will be better to fight climate change. But it BETTER TASTE REALLY GOOD!

How better to decide what tastes good than to have a Food Fight?


About Our Speakers

Sydney Coles| The Cornerstone

You should always use the right tools for the job, right? Sydney does it handily with these kitchen thingees in her hands that she’s using to try to intimidate her opponents. Apparently her art school degree, yoga and her cat are supposed to show us how badass she can be – and that she will stop at nothing to win this Food Fight. Oh ya, her extensive background as a vegan cook is supposed to help too.


Nevada Jeansonne| Cadence

Wow, that look really makes us scared. The others should be shaking in their boots! Nevada has been all plant based, all the time, for a very long time. From Nova Scotia to Guelph, she’s been sharing that passion as a chef and serious baker. We’re expecting her to bring a guitar, bike and drawing materials to the food fight. But we’re not quite sure why. Regardless, we know that ‘look’ already gives her a head start on the others! (and in case you’re wondering, yes Nevada wears a mask appropriately, at appropriate places and appropriate times )


Dewey| Sip Club

We have it on good authority that Dewey’s grade four teacher told him to“wipe that smirk off your face” … many times. It didn’t work then and it probably won’t work now. As the only man in the fight he has his work cutout for himself. Dewey seems to think that his post secondary education, experience at dozens of restaurants, hotels (including the Fairmont chain – well la-dee-da for him), a career as a broadcaster and owning restaurants means he’s gonna win this Food Fight. Sorry Dewey, we’ll be the judge of that!


Marty Williams| Downtown Guelph

Every fight needs a referee and ours includes none other than the very trendy Marty Williams, Esquire, Executive Director of Downtown Guelph. Here he can be seen outside his office, tastefully showing off grey shorts (in November – can you believe it)with a partially buttoned brown jacket framing a classy look at his red white and black lumberjack shirt. Not only does he ‘dress for success’, but he can also keep our Food Fighters in check. He will have prime authority to punish anyone who attempts to go too far. He’ll hit the mute button on them, or even worse, turn off their video!


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