Vegetarian Lunch Volunteer Call-out!

Do you love to cook? Join our volunteer cooking team serving a community lunch on Wednesdays during the next six weeks at the Southwest Mission in Verdun!

We will be creating delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes primarily in a sunny community kitchen. It`s a great opportunity to learn new skills and recipes.

All levels of experience welcome.

For more info, email or just come by!

9am - 3pm Wednesdays (March 13 - April 17th)


Upcoming Themes:

March 13th - Indian 

March 20th - Sugar Shack

March 27th - Italian

Meet Our Guest Community Cook: Sheena Swirlz

At the last Wednesday community meal (an authentic Colombian menu), Chef Léonore introduced Sheena Swirlz, who will be filling in as community cook for the next seven weeks. Sheena will lead the team preparing community lunches while Léonore leaves on a well-deserved holiday. Everyone is encouraged to come out and support Sheena and try her vegan comfort food.

Sheena will also be leading some workshops at SouthWest:
Friday, March 8th: learn to make kimchi, 6-9pm
Saturday, March 16th: traditional salsa, 1-4pm. Find out more on our Facebook page under Events.


Sheena Swirlz is passionate about vegan cooking and sustainability. She has cooked with community projects such as Food Not Bombs and Katimavik. 

She currently runs a project called Urban Homestead Montreal, teaching sustainable lifestyle workshops in cooking, gardening, crafting and more.


Mini-market Feb. 27

Squash: it’s one of those foods that people are either very much for or adamantly against.
It is possible to become a convert, however. Particularly if the squash in question is butternut (available next week at our mini-market). These are smooth, beige-skinned, pear-shaped squashes with bright orange flesh. They became a favourite of mine a few years back when I tried this simple recipe. The secret, as I recall, is to sauté the onion on its own for a minute or two, at low heat, with the pot lid on, then add the squash and apple and keep it going for a few more minutes, still at fairly low temperature. You don’t want to scorch anything; you do want to trap all the flavour in as the ingredients start to break down.

Pick up a squash at the Mini-market, and let us know if you try the recipe! See what other produce we will have on offer by clicking the button below.


Delicious Butternut Squash Soup
|(Makes 4 - 6 servings)



1 butternut squash
2 cups peeled, chopped apples (about 2 apples)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 box chicken or vegetable broth (900 ml)
1-2 Tbsp butter
Salt & pepper to taste



-         Cut the squash lengthwise down the middle and scoop out the seeds. Place the halves cut side up on a lightly greased baking tray. Bake in a 350F oven for one hour. The squash will be soft and tender when it has cooked through, making it easier to cut. Let cool. Remove the skin and cut the flesh into large chunks.

-         After melting the butter in a large saucepan, sauté the onions, squash and apple for a few minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.

-         Add the chicken or vegetable broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

-         Purée the soup in a blender until smooth. Return to saucepan, adjust seasonings to taste, and reheat. Serve.

Got food?

To our Partners and community members:

Thank you for wanting to help SouthWest with food donations. Below is a list of some items we would be delighted to receive.

For our kitchen:

Olive oil
Unsalted butter
Maple syrup
Seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin)
Coconut oil
Canned tomatoes


For Breakfast Club:

Juice boxes (individual)
Cream cheese
Mild cheddar cheese
Packets of instant oatmeal
Fresh fruit
paper lunch bags


If you have items to offer that are not on this list, please contact our Kitchen Coordinator:

 Thank you!

Mini-marché 20 février/ Feb. 20 Mini-Market

This past Wednesday’s Mini-market had to be cancelled due to the snowstorm. The delivery truck was not going to make it through! This coming Wednesday, February 20th, we will be offering essentially the same list of produce, with most of the prices either staying the same or reduced. As always, come by the Mission between 10:30 and 3:30 on Wednesday to shop for fruit and veg. Come before 12:30 if you want to take advantage of the community lunch. All are welcome.

On a dû annuler le mini-marché ce dernier mercredi à cause de la tempête de neige. Le camion de livraison ne pouvait pas passer. La semaine prochaine, mercredi 20 février, nous offrirons à peu près les mêmes produits; pour la plupart les prix restent pareils que la semaine dernière ou même plus bas. Comme toujours, vous pouvez passer entre 10H30 et 15H30 pour faire vos achats. Pour profiter du repas communautaire, présentez-vous avant 12H30. Tous sont les bienvenus!

Mini-market February 13

Our Wednesday mini-market is for everyone. We could all use a break on the price of fresh produce and that is what the market tries to offer. Drop by and be inspired to cook! And for those nights when it’s just not gonna happen, check out our community dépanneur, where you can purchase prepared foods at really great prices.

The market is from 10:30 to 3:30 on Wednesdays. All are welcome!

Mini-Market January 30

UPDATE: Here is the price list for this Wednesday’s Mini-market. Voici la liste pour cette semaine.


Yes, there will be a Mini-market next Wednesday. Exceptionally, the price list is not available yet, but it will be uploaded to this space early next week. Our prices are more than competitive, so plan to come by the Mission between 10:30 and 3:30 on January 30th. Community lunch as always served at 12:30.

Mini-Market January 23, 2019

Here are the items that will be available from next week’s market at the Mission. Call ahead if you want to be sure to get your items. The market is from 10:30 to 3:30 on Wednesday. Consider joining us for community lunch at 12:30 the same day. Suggested donation of $5.

Voici les produits qui seront disponibles à notre marché la semaine prochaine. Pour être sur d’avoir les items que vous voulez, appelez à l’avance. Vous pouvez passer entre 10H30 et 15H30 pour faire vos achats. On vous invite également à partager notre repas communautaire à 12H30. Don suggéré de 5$.