Newcomer Kitchen

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What is Newcomer Kitchen?

Newcomer Kitchen is a project that invites newly-arrived Syrian refugee women to cook a weekly meal in our kitchen. The meals are sold online for pickup or delivery, and the proceeds shared among the cooks. We have launched a FundRazer campaign to support this project so that we can build it into an organization that can replicate this idea with any newcomer group, in any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world.

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This gallery is from one of our very first Newcomer Kitchen events back in April; photos by Michelle Krasny. For more amazing photos of life at NK, check out the beautiful albums by Ksenija Hotic (here, here, and here).

 

How to buy Newcomer Kitchen meals

The menus are announced on Monday in The Depanneur‘s email newsletter, website and Facebook page, as well as on the Newcomer Kitchen webpage and Facebook group.
Meals are $20 +HST, and are go on sale starting on Tues am.
Meals are available Thursday between 6-7pm, for pickup or free delivery (within 3km — courtesy of foodora).
Each week there is also 1 Guest Cook position available for sale for $50, where you can spend the day cooking and sharing the meal with the Newcomer Kitchen ladies.

Share and Follow Us Online

Follow us on Twitter or Instagram @newcomerkitchen
Add your email to the NK mailing list: http://eepurl.com/bYqCnj
Email us directly at info@newcomerkitchen.ca
Check for updates on our website: newcomerkitchen.ca

Recent Newcomer Kitchen Stories

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NEWCOMER KITCHEN — August 18

MENU — August 18 —— [chicken]  Freekeh  فريكة Freekeh is made from green durum wheat that processed in a special way to create a unique flavor. The wheat is harvested while the grains are yellow and the seeds still are soft; it then is piled … Continue reading


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NEWCOMER KITCHEN – August 11

MENU — August 11 —— [beef] Jazmaz  جز مز Eggs poached or baked in a richly flavoured tomato sauce can be found in one version or another all around the Mediterranean, across North Africa from Morocco to Israel, where is it known as … Continue reading


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NEWCOMER KITCHEN — August 4

MENU — August 4 —— [beef] Maldoum  ملضوم When researching this dish, I found a lovely description of it on the blog of Tony Tahhan, a Fulbright scholar who has spent time studying the food culture in Aleppo. “One thing I learned about Syrian cuisine … Continue reading


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NEWCOMER KITCHEN — July 28

MENU — July 28 —— [chicken]  Molokhia  ملوخية‎‎ Molokhia is dish that goes by many names; I’ve come across at least half a dozen English spellings alone. It’s based on the leaves of the jute plant (the same one that produces jute fibre … Continue reading


Young recent Syrian migrant Jury Musri eats watermelon during a break in the preparation of a typical Syrian meal at a community kitchen in Toronto on Thursday July 7, 2016. The Newcomer Kitchen Project is an initiative for recent Syrian migrant women, organized by Len Senater and Cara Benjamin-Pace at the Depanneur restaurant in Toronto.

Syrian refugee women cooking up a business in Toronto — Metro Toronto

By: Genna Buck Metro Published on Tue Jul 19 2016 Walk into the Depanneur, a restaurant and gathering-place in Toronto, on any Thursday, and you’ll be hit with savoury and distinctly Syrian smells like kibbeh (bulgur balls with spiced lamb), … Continue reading


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Syrian women in Canada cook up a taste of home — Middle East Eye

Jillian D’Amours Monday 18 July 2016 TORONTO, Canada – Chatting around a large wooden table, Syrian women methodically scoop a mixture of rice, tomatoes, onions, fresh parsley and mint onto grape leaves. Wearing plastic gloves and aprons, they delicately roll the … Continue reading


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NEWCOMER KITCHEN — July 21

MENU — July 21 —— [beef & lamb]  Kousa Mahshi  كوسا محشي Stuffed zucchinis (aka marrow or summer squash) is a dish cherished by the former Ottoman Empire, and popular from the Balkans to the Levant. WIth beautiful, local pale green young zucchini in … Continue reading


Syrian women prepare food at the Newcomer Kitchen Project, hosted by Len Senater and Cara Benjamin-Pace at the Depanneur restaurant inToronto on July 7, 2016. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press)

Syrian refugee women cook up fun and profit in Newcomer Kitchen project — CTV News

by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Walking into the Newcomer Kitchen, one’s senses are assailed. Chopped onions bring a tear to the eye, the scents of lemon and mint mingle in the air, and amid the clatter of utensils … Continue reading


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Syrian refugees gather to cook and sell traditional meals – Yahoo News

Canadian Press Videos July 13, 2016 Syrian refugee women in Toronto make traditional dishes and sell them online every Thursday as part of a program called Newcomer Kitchen. Rahaf Alakbani says living in a hotel prevented her from cooking when she … Continue reading


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مطعم كندي يعطي فرصة للسوريات لإظهار مواهبهن في الطبخ.. فماذا كانت النتيجة؟

هافينغتون بوست عربي |  ترجمة تم النشر: 18:16 12/07/2016 AST إنه لمن المثير جداً أن يُترك باب مطعم دبانيور مفتوحاً للهواء. فرائحة البصل المقلي والدجاج بالصلصة تفوح إلى الخارج، في وقت ما بعد الظهيرة المُشبع بالبخار بمدينة تورونتو الكندية. ومن الصعب … Continue reading


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NEWCOMER KITCHEN — July 14

MENU — July 14 —— [beef]  Fattet Maqdoos فتتة مكدوس Fatteh (فتّة‎‎ meaning crushed or crumbs) is a class of southern Levantine dishes made with pieces of fresh, toasted, or fried flatbread layered with yogurt and other ingredients. It is so closely associated with Syrian … Continue reading


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Newcomer Kitchen Cooks Up Business Venture For Syrian Refugee Women — The Huffington Post

by Andree Lau It’s so hot that the door to The Depanneur restaurant is propped open for air circulation. The smell of frying onions and then stewed chicken wafts outside into the steamy Toronto afternoon. It’s hard not to stop … Continue reading


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Newcomer Kitchen on the radio! The Pay Chen Show on Newstalk 1010

The Pay Chen Show is a weekly one-hour talk show on Newstalk 1010 that focuses on the interesting, the entertaining and sometimes the absurd. With guest experts and the occasional celebrity guest host, The Pay Chen Show explores a variety … Continue reading


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NEWCOMER KITCHEN — July 7

MENU — July 7 —— [beef & lamb]  Kebab Hindi كباب هندي  Levantine cuisine has no shortage of kebabs – the cooking of meat on a stick is probably one of the most ancient dishes in the world. As Islamic culture spread … Continue reading


Mayor John Tory meets the Newcomer Kitchen cooks.

Canada Day VIP Iftar with Mayor John Tory

Yesterday was an incredibly special night for the Newcomer Kitchen. Last week we were approached by Mohammad Al Zaibak with an invitation to prepare the meal for a VIP Canada Day Iftar hosted by Kirstine Stewart and Zaib Shaikh, with … Continue reading


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NEWCOMER KITCHEN – June 30

Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee moms to use restaurant kitchens to cook traditional Syrian dishes in a fun, social setting. Meals are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup or delivery … Continue reading


Four-year-old Jore Almasri poses outside the Depanneur, where her mom is inside taking cooking with other Syrian women. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

Newcomer Kitchen project gives Syrian refugees a taste of home in Toronto — The Globe and Mail

  Newcomer Kitchen project gives Syrian refugees a taste of home in Toronto by MAHNOOR YAWAR — The Globe and Mail Sinaa Fakhereddin does not like eggs. She makes that clear to a kitchen full of strangers when she is asked … Continue reading


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NEWCOMER KITCHEN — June 23

Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee moms to use restaurant kitchens to cook traditional Syrian dishes in a fun, social setting. Meals are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup or delivery … Continue reading


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Newcomer Kitchen FundRazr is live!

THIS IS IT! Our FundRazr campaign is live! If the Newcomer Kitchen project has touched you in any way, then this is your chance to be a part of creating an opportunity for joy, pride and dignity. Please support us … Continue reading


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Newcomer Kitchen at Luminato!

The Newcomer Kitchen will NOT be selling meals online this week! We need to use our week to gear up for a HUGE milestone: Newcomer Kitchen at Luminato Festival Last week, Joshna Maharaj, a local food superhero and this year’s Food … Continue reading


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Huffington Post videos garner over 140K views!

Huffington Post Canada‘s Facebook Live broadcast, and their touching 1-minute mini-video summary of the Newcomer Kitchen project have together reached over 140,000 views and 5,000 likes on Facebook alone!


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Newcomer Kitchen — June 9

Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee moms to use restaurant kitchens to cook food for themselves and their families in a fun, social setting. Additional meals are prepared, packaged and sold online for pickup … Continue reading


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Newcomer Kitchen — June 2

Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee moms to use restaurant kitchens to cook food for themselves and their families in a fun, social setting. Additional meals are prepared, packaged and sold online for pickup … Continue reading


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This Canadian Kitchen Is Opening Its Doors To Syrian Refugees — Newsy.com

WATCH THE VIDEO The Depanneur, a culinary lab in Toronto, invites Syrian refugees to cook their native cuisine and share a taste of home with others. By Jake Godin, Connor Hickox | May 27, 2016 “And they were, like, looking at each other, … Continue reading


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«Newcomer Kitchen» : le partage des traditions culinaires syriennes à Toronto — CBC Radio-Canada

«Newcomer Kitchen» : le partage des traditions culinaires syriennes à Toronto Le vendredi 27 mai 2016 Une initiative torontoise veut faciliter l’intégration des réfugiés syriens dans leur communauté d’accueil et ce par le biais de la nourriture. Il s’agit du … Continue reading


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NEWCOMER KITCHEN — May 26

Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee moms to use restaurant kitchens to cook food for themselves and their families in a fun, social setting. Additional meals are prepared, packaged and sold online for pickup … Continue reading


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NEWCOMER KITCHEN — May 19

Newcomer Kitchen is a project that invites groups of Syrian refugee moms to use restaurant kitchens to cook food for themselves and their families in a fun, social setting. Additional meals are prepared, packaged and sold online for pickup or … Continue reading


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Toronto Star — Toronto restaurant becomes Syrian home-cooking hub

By KARON LIU  |  Food Writer Thu., May 12, 2016 The Depanneur opens its doors to Syrian refugees itching to cook. Inside a tiny corner west-end restaurant on a sunny Thursday afternoon, the sounds of someone playing the bongos and … Continue reading


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Newcomer Kitchen on CBC

Big thanks to Mary Wien, Matt Galloway and Errol Morris for sharing the Newcomer Kitchen story with their Metro Morning listeners & readers. (just one note: I’m definitely not a professional chef, I just run The Dep) AUDIO  |  ARTICLE


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Newcomer Kitchen — May 11

Newcomer Kitchen keeps on rocking it! Last week we sold out all our pickup dinners at The Dep, earning enough money to pay for ingredients for 60+ meals and cash for the cooks — and had a ton of fun doing … Continue reading


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Amazing Newcomer Kitchen video by Suresh Doss

Recently #Toronto’s @thedepanneur hosted another popup #food event where a group of newly landed #Syrian moms cooked up a delicious dinner menu. There are many Syrian refugee families in Toronto, still in hotels awaiting relocation with no access to kitchens … Continue reading


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Syrian refugees find comfort at Toronto’s Depanneur – NOW Toronto Magazine

The west-end food haunt opens its kitchen to newly arrived Syrian refugees holed up in hotel rooms Thanks to Mary Luz Mejia and NOW Magazine for a lovely summary of The Depanneur’s fledgling Newcomer Kitchen project. Source: NOW Toronto Magazine


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Newcomer Kitchen

The last few weeks at The Dep has seen the realization of a project that an amazing group of volunteers have been working on for many weeks. The idea was simple: there were many Syrian refugee families stuck in hotels awaiting … Continue reading


Newcomer Kitchen – April 20

Another amazing day, this one including a full shopping trip, and making hundreds of delicious kibbeh from scratch! A huge thanks for all the hard work of our volunteers, and to Joe’s No Frills for their generous contribution towards our … Continue reading


Newcomer Kitchen – Communication Basics

The outpouring of support for this project has been incredible and overwhelming! Our team is working hard to be able to do this again ASAP, and to keep everyone in the loop. To start we have set up some basic … Continue reading


Newcomer Kitchen – Day 1

Wednesday was an exciting and important day for The Dep, the realization of a project that an amazing group of volunteers have been working on for many weeks. The idea was simple: there were many Syrian refugee families stuck in … Continue reading