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Deane House to host unique dining and learning experience

Eat and learn about sustainable produce from Michael Ableman

April 18, 2017 by Centaine Tyler on Deane House

The best way to start a conversation around food is at the table, as Deane House owner Sal Howell believes.

On April 23, Deane House will host a three-course dinner with Michael Ableman, renowned urban agriculturalist, author, and juggernaut of social good as the guest of honour. His urban farming operation, Sole Food Street Farms, has created jobs and educational opportunities for the underprivileged residents of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.

The evening’s menu will prominently feature sustainable produce from Alberta and B.C. – such as salted spring radish with sumac, charred Belgian endives, and Applewood-grilled asparagus -- to coincide with Michael's line of work. “We need to support farmers and growers like Michael everywhere we can,” says Sal. “The stand against homogenized food that travels far, this is local food with a flavour and uniqueness that’s unbelievable.”

Sal first met Michael 12 years ago on Salt Spring Island. Michael was selling his produce at the Ganges Farmer’s Market, and they have since become great friends. “Michael can demonstrate how good food can taste. It’s a benchmark that I measure other things to. I get excited when I come out [to Salt Spring Island] and I go home knowing that we can grow food this good. I’ve seen it. I’ve tasted it”

Sal often wonders if it’s possible to recreate the Sole Food model in Calgary. “There has to be more high-level food production happening in cities and urban centres. It’s where people need food, it’s where the labour to grow the food is, there has to be an innovative way.”

 “I am in awe of what he does. We are so lucky to have his leadership.”

All proceeds from the dinner will go towards Sole Food Street Farms. “I want more people to know about this extraordinary work that Michael is doing, and to directly support the Sole Food initiative,” says Sal.


  1. Tickets for An Evening with Michael Ableman are going fast. Click here to reserve your seat! Includes a 5-course dinner, beverages and a signed copy of Street Farm, Michael Ableman’s latest book.
  2. Click here to read our review of Street Farm and learn more about Michael’s work.
  3. Have another chance to meet Michael at the kick-off event for REAP’s 9th annual Down to Earth Week: Growing Food, Jobs & Hope on April 23 at Fort Calgary. Just $25. Click here to reserve your spot now.
  4. Interested in learning more about the financial opportunities associated with urban food production, or want to invest in solutions that increase food security? Join Michael Ableman and other panelists at Capital for Cause: Back to Basics on April 24 from 8 AM-3 PM at Eighth Avenue Place. $80 includes breakfast, lunch, and all of the learning and discussion you need to get connected.
  5. Click here to see what other events will connect you with Calgary change-makers and social innovators during Down to Earth Week 2017, presented in partnership with SAGE Investment Advisors.