Where to Find Me: Harvest Noon Café

January 28, 2012

Have you ever seen food on this blog and thought, “Maaan, I’d really like to pay someone a minimal amount of money to eat that”? Well now here’s your chance.

For the last six months, I’ve been hard at work with an awesome group of dedicated students and volunteers helping to open a new campus café and restaurant we’re calling Harvest Noon and guess what—we’re opening Monday! Starting January 30th, you’ll be able to visit us on the second floor of 16 Bancroft Avenue (the Graduate Students’ Union building, in the southwestern quadrant of the UofT campus) from 10am to 2pm Monday through Friday and grab an affordable and delicious UWEA-approved lunch, along with some coffee, tea, and a muffin.

This café has been an exhilarating experience for me. I’ve been primarily involved with the menu planning side of things, and can personally attest to the awesomeness of all our food. In fact, frequent UWEA readers will recognize many of our opening week’s menu items as some of the all-star recipes from this blog, such as…

Sunchoke Soup

Hearty Apple Muffins

…and of course, my Foc Yeah! Focaccia Bread!

But Harvest Noon is more than just a super awesome restaurant which has given me the opportunity to share my food with the rest of the city. What really sets our café apart from the rest (and what got me involved in and excited about it in the first place) is our mission, mandate, and values: namely, our commitment to serving food that is locally, sustainably, and organically grown; maximally economically and dietarily accessible (that means cheap and vegan!); and of course, healthy and delicious!

Beyond all this, I just think Harvest Noon is an awesome space to be in—we’ve been slowly decorating, furnishing, and repainting for the last several months, and I love the current atmosphere and feel of the space. You’ll really have to stop by to experience it for yourself if you’re curious, but for now I’ll leave you with some more photos. Here’s one of our volunteers at our cash register:

And here are some of our other volunteers hard at work in our main space:

Oh and here’s me!

(I was kneading bread.)

So if you’re near the UofT campus next week, please stop by, say hi, and pick up some food! To repeat: 16 Bancroft Avenue, second floor, 10am to 2pm, Monday through Friday. And just in case you’re interested, let me remind you that Harvest Noon is currently opening 100% volunteer-run, and if you’re available and at all interested in helping us out, let us know by sending an email to volunteers@harvestnoon.com, and we’ll help find you a volunteer shift that works in your schedule!

(And to all my other readers: please bear with me as blog updates will be a little less frequent than usual for the next couple weeks.)

Until we eat again,



  1. this is amazing! congrats on this adventure willie!

    • Thanks Jess! It’s a dream come true finally seeing Harvest Noon open. Can’t wait till Monday!

  2. Congratulations Willie! What an awesome idea! Wish I could be there for opening day to enjoy what will be a delicious lunch, I’m sure. Best wishes!

  3. This looks amazing. Another reason to be sad I left Toronto.

    BTW, the first link to harvestnoon.com is currently broken. It needs a http:// putting in front of it.

  4. Congrats, Willie! I may have to travel up there and try the food sometime…

    • Yes DO THAT

  5. Willie! That is so exciting! Congratulations. 🙂
    Your Half Moon spectaculars at the Vegan Bake Off were amazing!

    • Wait you were at the Bake Off?? How did I miss the opportunity to say hi?!?! Brawghgh

      Next time. (Let me know if you’re ever stopping by Harvest Noon!)

      • I’m going to try and pay Harvest Noon a visit really soon!

  6. Hooray, hooray, hooray! What a cosy spot. I look forward to stopping by. I am especially hopeful that the Foc Yeah! Focaccia will be making an appearance… No pressure 😉

    Congratulations on all of your successes! May 2012 continue to bring you victories in all areas of your life.

  7. […] bits of the very delicious ‘noon-tine’ sample (an attempt at vegan poutine crafted by Willie, a heavy-hitter on the menu planning […]

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