Renowned Elora food guru Anita Stewart MC’d a Canadian food showcase for the media yesterday in Vancouver, featuring dishes cooked by some of Canada’s top chefs.  Menu items included wheat, beef, pork, eggs, canola oil, maple syrup, lentils, soybeans and ice wine. Introducing visiting media to Canadian food is important — we export about 45 per cent of what we produce, to 195 countries. Those exports account for nearly $43-billion worth of trade.

Federal agriculture and agri-food minister Gerry Ritz joined the culinary group for the photo below, supplied courtesy of his department. Anita is in the back row, second from the right.