Doing it Right: Welcome to the Food Court

I had the good fortune of being in Toronto over the Labour Day weekend, which meant more than my fair share of late-night shawarma on the Danforth and Blue Jays baseball. It also allowed me the chance to catch up with my friend and colleague Glenford Jameson – and be a guest on his new podcast.

Glenford is a food lawyer at G. S. Jameson & Company, a business law firm in Toronto, Ontario, that provides corporate, not-for-profit, commercial, and regulatory services to clients in the food sector. He’s also an incredibly interesting and all-round nice guy.

Recently Glenford’s passion for the food and beverage industry led him to develop and host the podcast Welcome to the Food Court, a monthly show focused on exploring and tracking issues in food and law. In WTTFC Glenford speaks with professionals from across the food sector about their jobs, how regulation and policy affect their work, and how food law can be used as a transformative tool for consumers, producers, distributors, and regulators.

Welcome to the Food Court

We picked a sunny afternoon to meet at his office to record the next episode of WTTFC.  Before we sat down to talk liquor law and policy Glenford took me into the “field” to visit one of Ontario’s infamous Beer Stores, as well as two of Leslieville’s finest establishments: Left Field Brewing and Pilot Coffee Roasters. Grumble as we may in British Columbia about how our provincial government regulates the sale of liquor – let’s all be thankful we aren’t stuck with Beer Stores.

Plied with Left Field’s “baseball-inspired” suds, and a Pilot Coffee cold brew, I felt sufficiently prepared to sit down with Glenford to talk food and beverage law. We covered a lot of ground that afternoon, from British Columbia’s experience with prohibition to the John Yap Report.

Welcome to the Food Court is available on iTunes, and my conversation with Glenford can be found here. I encourage readers of A&A to have a listen and subscribe.

Dan Coles
Retired bartender. Young lawyer. From the East, living in the West. Interested in British Columbia's producers and purveyors of wine, beer and spirits.