On the Victoria Day weekend I was introduced to River Road Bakehouse products. River Road Bakehouse has created an artisan bread line-up coupled with a commitment to reducing Canada’s $31-billion-dollar food waste problem. I was shocked to learn that in Canada, over 400 pounds of food is wasted each year per person. This is the equivalent of wasting an 18-oz T-bone steak every single day.
This May long weekend was the perfect opportunity to try out some new artisan bread with family, friends, and neighbors. We originally had planned to head to the cottage, but with the uncertain weather, we decided to stay home and modify our plans.
With the warmer weather approaching, backyard entertaining is something that is on everyone’s mind. I made a quick call and suddenly there was a bouncy castle on our front yard.
If you can’t go to the cottage, this is the perfect addition to the front yard. The littles and the bigs all enjoyed taking turns bouncing out some energy and building up an appetite.
We started with simply peanut butter toast. This is Beckett’s go to breakfast every day of the weekend and twice on weekends. I usually have to cut the crusts, make sure the toast is just lightly toasted and no crunchy bits can be in the peanut butter.
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RiverRoad Bakehouse is dedicated to helping educate and empower everyone to make a difference in the fight against food waste. You can find some very easy to implement tips and tricks are available through River Road’s online Waste Warrior Quiz here. Best of all, the first time you take the quiz River Road Bakehouse will donate $0.25 towards a local food waste charity.
In addition to their partnership with the University of Guelph, River Road Bakehouse is partnering with 12 non-profit organizations across North America, each with a mandate to reduce food waste in the communities that they serve. These are the recipients of the River Road Bakehouse donations. What are you waiting for?
Supported charities include:
• Farm Folk City Folk – Vancouver
• LeftOvers Calgary – Calgary
• Second Harvest – Toronto
• Food Sharing Ottawa – Ottawa
• FOUND NS – Halifax
• Lovin’ Spoonful’s – Boston
• Food Recovery Network – Chicago Chapter
• Food Recovery Network – Buffalo Chapter
• Food Recovery Network – Grand Rapids Chapter
• Waste Not Want Not – Florida
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – South Carolina
• The Nashville Food Project – Nashville
River Road Bakehouse breads are made using simple ingredients, and traditional European baking methods. The brand’s Canadian family of breads include Demi-Baguette, White and Multigrain Ciabatta Buns, Sliced French Loaf, Sliced Light
Rye, and a delightful Sesame Focaccia. For an authentic bakery experience, products can be warmed in the oven for 5 minutes at 400°F.
The sliced French Loaf did not last long in our house. Roast beef sandwiches, with yellow mustard, mayo and Cesar salad with lightly toasted French Loaf was the perfect long weekend lunch.
We also indulged in the White & Whole Wheat Ciabatta buns during our Victoria Day weekend BBQ with friends and family, late Saturday evening.
Overall, we enjoyed all of the River Road Bakehouse products we tested, as did our guests. It was also an excellent teachable moment for our children, learning about the food waste epidemic that plagues North America.
You can find River Road Bakehouse on Facebook & Twitter and follow along with their Food Warriors movement using the #RoadToZeroFoodWaste hashtag.