Food is Me

City: Hamilton-Niagara
Director: Nathan Sizemore & Kris Osborne
Genre: Food
Host: Tara O’Brady

Starting a restaurant in Canada is a leap of faith. Food is Me goes behind the counter of five Hamilton establishments to uncover the stories behind the food they are known for.

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Episode 1 - Dear Grain

When the pandemic encouraged people to bake sourdough bread for the first time, one Hamilton bakery found themselves in the culinary spotlight. Tara O’Brady takes us to Dear Grain, where lead baker Adri Greenspan shows how to make exceptional sourdough.

Episode 2 - Tomah

Opening the first Syrian restaurant in Hamilton, refugee Mohamad Tomeh brought his love of cuisine and cheesemaking with him. It was quickly embraced by locals and was hailed as a hidden gem in the city. Mohamad shares the trials he has faced and his high hopes for the future.

Episode 3 - Grain & Grit

Joe and Lindsey Mrav were home brewers who took the plunge and started their own brewery in an old auto garage. They explain how their business has become a gathering place for many groups in Hamilton including young moms, dog-lovers and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Episode 4 - The Himalya Restaurant

When The Himalya Restaurant opened with a vegetarian-only menu in the mid-90’s, it was seen as a huge risk. While times have changed, the food the Pal family prepares at their establishment sticks to the same standards of quality that they had when they first opened.

Episode 5 - Maria’s Tortas Jalisco

When Maria la Tapatia came to Ontario from Guadalajara, Mexico, she discovered a passion for cooking. Her daughter, Helen, now runs Maria’s Tortas Jalisco in Hamilton.

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