Broken Pencil on Indie Food

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Broken Pencil

“Indie food can be expensive and exclusionary. And it often lacks the community infrastructure that is so crucial to subcultures. / Senater is working hard to change that. The Depanneur is unafraid to be ridiculous and ambitious and affordable and accessible.” Ryan Bigge

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Healthy Local Food and Alex Mazer

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“FoodShare and other Ward 18 food leaders such as Community Food Centres Canada, the Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market, and The Depanneur have shown the exciting potential of good, healthy food, urban agriculture, and food entrepreneurship. It is a way to improve the health and sustainability of our ward, to encourage new local jobs and economic activity and to bring our community together.” — Alex Mazer, Ward 18 Candidate for Toronto City Council 2014

Video: Alex outlines why Ward 18 Matters and mentions the Dep

Why The Dep?

Because:

Hosting a pop-up is too expensive
Having to set up all the infrastructure for a pop-up from scratch: venue, kitchen, dining room, promotion, tickets, staffing, etc. is incredibly time/resource intensive. This limits who gets to cook/host.

Attending a pop-up is too expensive
The high setup costs drive up the ticket price; this limits who gets to attend.

Pop up culture lacks diversity
As a result, there ends up being a strong bias toward the same kind of people (e.g. privileged white guys) doing the majority of the cooking/eating and defining the aesthetic/ethos of pop-up culture. Continue reading

Field Sparrow Farms Winter Vegetable Box Program

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Field Sparrow Farms has taken on the vegetable delivery service that was formerly provided by Kawartha CSA. They are offering a winter veggie box subscription that will run every other week from January 16  to May 22. The subscription will include 10 deliveries of 20 lb. boxes of healthy, naturally-raised vegetables sourced primarily from the Amish community in the Kawartha Lakes region. Continue reading

The Dep’s Co-Op Kitchen

NOTE: The co-op kitchen is presently full. Feel free to contact me if you would like to be notified when space becomes available. We do have some availability in our upstairs café kitchen, available by the hour on weekdays before 3pm.

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In addition to our regular public events like our Drop-In Dinners, Supper Clubs and Workshops, The Dep also runs a shared commercial kitchen space for independent food entrepreneurs. Presently we share the facilities with great local culinary talents like Cookie Martinez, Nice Buns BakeryRoots of Health Nutrition, and Santo Pecado Mexican Catering. The wonderful Alchemy Pickle Company ‎also got its start in our space before moving on to her own kitchen.

Situated below The Dep, the kitchen has a commercial convection oven, an electric stove, several refrigerators & freezers, a deep sink with spray hose, washroom, lots of prep space, etc. There are some appliances & smallwares (stand mixer, food processor, bowls, etc) which are shared, but most people use their own gear.

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Members of the kitchen co-op meet every 6-8 weeks to help with a deep clean of the space. Renters are expected to have their Food Handler’s Certificate, and I also strongly recommend people have their own insurance in addition to the basic package I have for the Dep.