North Toronto Historical Society Monthly Meeting
May  2023

**** Note the time change! ****    Meetings are from 7 - 8 p.m. in Rm. 224 at Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No refreshments will be served - you may wish to bring your own. Co-sponsored by The Toronto Public Library.

. Wednesday, May 31   7 p.m.

                Two Chinese Home Cooks

Join chef Leo Chan as he presents the stories of two Chinese men who worked for Canadian families in Toronto in the first half of the twentieth century.  The men were employed as home cooks outside of Chinatown and interacted with households in an environment unfamiliar with Chinese immigrants.   Mr. Wong Dong Wong worked in Forest HIll for two generations of an Irish-Canadian family. He is the subject of the book Finding Mr. Wong by Susan Crean who was a child in the household. Copies of the book will be available at the meeting. 

Mr. Lee Sew left behind a handwritten book of recipes. Professor Leo Chan, who was involved in identifying the recipes, is a member of the 8 Precious Pearls Research Group of Chinese food history in Toronto. He has taught at George Brown and Humber colleges. He has also made many media appearances and has received numerous achievement awards from the Canadian hospitality industry. Leo and his wife Arlene have previously given fascinating talks to our Society and we are looking forward to the upcoming presentation as a fitting end to Asian Heritage Month.