The Dep is a place where people can share their passion for food with an enthusiastic audience.
We offer cooks the opportunity to explore creative culinary ideas while having fun and making a bit of extra cash. We use our website, newsletter (2000+), on-site posters, as well as Facebook (4200+) and Twitter (1800+) to co-promote the events we host, in collaboration with the participating cooks.
Do you make a special dish?
On Friday evenings we invite guest cooks to come and prepare a dish that they love to make. At 6pm we open to the public and chefs serve 20-30 covers of their dinner, typically around $10-$14.
We go until we’re sold out, or about 2-3 hours. Chefs buy their own ingredients, have kitchen access that day from 3pm to prep & cook, and take home 60% of the selling price of their dishes. We also split the tips with the chef, and they are expected to help with the clean up afterwards.
Want to cook a Drop-In Dinner? Drop me a line.
Do you like to talk about food or food-related issues?
On Tuesday evenings at 7pm we invite a local food personality for a free dinner in exchange for talking about something that interests them, in exchange for a free dinner. Table Talks take place around the dinner table; speakers share a table for 8 with anyone interested in participating in the conversation, which usually go for +/- 1 hour. It’s an informal chat, so speaker support is not expected, but a laptop is available if you want to share pictures or videos. Dep founder Len Senater cooks the Tuesday-night Drop-In Dinner*, and will try and use your topic as inspiration for that night’s menu.
*(vegetarian/vegan and/or gluten-free options usually available)
Want be a Table Talk speaker? Drop me a line.
Rusholme Park Supper Club
Do you love to cook meals?
Several times a month, on Saturday or Sunday nights, we push our tables together and host a series of dinner parties by a rotating cast of guest chefs. Patrons & the chef eat together in an informal, BYOB, family-style format.
The space accommodates seating for 22 (20 guests + the chef & a Dep staff member). Doors open at 7:30, dinner starts at 8 and winds down by 11.
Tickets are $40 (+HST) per person, and we split the money (and any tips) 50/50 with the guest chef. That means chefs get up to $400 to divide between their ingredients costs and labour however they like.
Chefs have kitchen access from 3pm the day of their event. The Dep provides the tables, linens, service, kitchen, equipment, etc. and a staff member to help facilitate the event. The chef/host is expected to assist the staff with the clean up of the kitchen.
Want to cook for the Rusholme Park Supper Club? Drop me a line.
Workshops & Classes
Do you love sharing your food knowledge?
Our open kitchen & seating space makes room for a variety of workshops & classes, typically on Monday evenings. Workshops are usually for small groups of 6-12 and have covered a range of topics, from canning to baking to fermenting. We’ve also done after-school workshops for kids. Workshop tickets are usually around $40, depending on the ingredients or take-away; The Dep takes $15 per person, with a minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 participants. Our kitchen is available from 3 p.m. and classes begin typically around 6:30 p.m. for 2-3 hours.
Want to give a class or workshop? Drop me a line.
Do you need a unique place to host a private dinner event? We’ve got a charming venue designed for dinner parties.
On Saturday or Sunday evenings, The Dep is available as a venue for private dinner parties, fundraisers and food events up to 24 guests. It’s unique in that you can use the kitchen to make food an integral part of your event. The Dep provides the fully equipped kitchen, tables, linens, tableware and an assistant for $20 per person (+HST), with a 16 person minimum. This is for the venue rental only – this does not include food.
For food, you have a couple choices: you can cook it yourself or with friends at The Dep, host a potluck, use any caterer you like, or we would be happy to connect you to one the many talented chefs that have cooked successful Supper Clubs at the Dep in the past, and you can make catering arrangements with them.
We’ll help with the setup, serving and clean up, but hosts are expected to help us tidy up. (Full-service cleaning can be arranged for an additional fee). Let us know the date you’re interested in, and if it’s free, we’ll hold it for you; a $200 deposit is required, which is non-refundable if the event is cancelled less with than 4 weeks notice. Private events serving drinks require a Special Occasion Permit from the LCBO ($25).
Please Note: we’re not a bar or a club – our space is designed for dinner parties, and our events wrap up by around 11pm. We share the building with long-time residents, so our venue is not suited for loud music, bands or DJs.
Want to host a private dinner party? Drop me a line.
Commercial Kitchen Rental
Do you need a commercial kitchen to prepare your food? We’re looking for people who want to use our kitchen when we’re not in it.
The Dep’s sunny, inspected/commercial open kitchen is available for rent weekday mornings for recipe development, event catering, product demos, and small-scale food production for $30 per hour. We also run a small commercial kitchen co-op for long-term rentals, with several independent food entrepreneurs, but it’s full for the time being.
Want to rent our kitchen? Drop me a line.