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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 online resources for those who want to stay up-to-date on this project, or who may want to support it further once we figure out our next steps.

There is now a Facebook Group you can join:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewcomerKitchen/

A mailing list where you can add your email:
http://eepurl.com/bYqCnj

Or you can follow it on Twitter or Instagram @newcomerkitchen

Direct inquires can be sent to newcomerkitchen@thedepanneur.ca

We will continue posting to the website, you can check in on updates here:
http://thedepanneur.ca/category/newcomerkitchen/

NEWCOMER KITCHEN – June 30

Kibbeh Labaniyeh  كبة لبنية

Kibbeh Labaniyeh كبة لبنية

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 to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

We also offer 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This is available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.
NOTE: during Ramadan (until July 7) there will be no family meal as the cooks are fasting, but our guest cook will get a meal to take home.

NEW! Support the Newcomer Kitchen’s FundRazr campaign.
Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!

 

Menu — June 30

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[beef]  Kibbeh Labaniyeh  كبة لبنية
Kibbeh is one of the most quintessential Levantine dishes; versions are found from North Africa to Central Asia, and Syria alone boasts over 20 variations. Bulgur wheat is soaked, combined with spices and formed into small patties, balls or torpedos, featuring a variety of different fillings; the results can be fried, baked, barbequed or cooked in many different sauces. This version features a classic filling of ground lamb, beef, spices and pine nuts, and the finished kibbehs are cooked in a rich yogurt sauce. Our cook even made the yogurt from scratch last week! This dish is served alongside plain white rice.

[vegetarian]  Kibbeh Labaniyeh  كبة لبنية
Same as the beef kibbeh, but stuffed with onions, mushrooms and pinenuts..

Tabbouleh  تبولة‎‎
Originally from the mountains of Syria and Lebanon, tabbouleh has become one of the most popular salads in the Middle East. A fragrant herb salad, with parsley and mint, tomato and onion, with a scattering of bulgur, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon, and salt.

Lazakiat  لزاقيات
A spectacular dessert composed of many layers of paper-thin crepes, seasoned with turmeric, ginger, anise and black sesame – traditionally cooked on the large domed saj oven – which are layered with rich sauce made from sesame halva, and garnished with fried walnut pieces.

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$20 +HST

Meals will go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Meals will be available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, June 9.

foodora has sponsored FREE Delivery within 3km radius

Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

>>PURCHASE HERE<<

Tonight’s meal is available in limited quantities. Proceeds from the sales of these dishes help pay for all the ingredients prepared by the moms to take home to their families, with any remaining proceeds shared amongst the cooks. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.

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

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)

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

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 to add an egg to the pot on the stove. Never in her life has she made sauce with eggs and she’s not about to start now. The other women are tense, not willing to argue with a 67-year-old woman who has seen more and done more than any of them.

“Mom, just add the egg. It doesn’t matter,” mutters 27-year-old Muhammed Aboura, laughing.

Ms. Fakhereddin arrived in Toronto just a week ago to join her son, who has been here a year. The two are Syrian refugees sponsored by members of the United Church of Canada, and they are keenly aware that they haven’t gone through the hardships that many others in the kitchen have, most of whom are on government assistance.

Mr. Aboura is just relieved to have his mother here, safe and protected from the Syrian regime. “I got to eat my mother’s cooking for the first time in three years last week. I couldn’t stop crying,” he says.

He watches her carefully, ready to jump in and help communicate if necessary. He spent time researching how to help newly arrived women adjust to life in Canada, and it led him to the Newcomer Kitchen.

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — June 23

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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 to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

We also offer 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This is available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.
NOTE: during Ramadan (until July 7) there will be no family meal as the cooks are fasting, but our guest cook will get a meal to take home.

NEW! Support the Newcomer Kitchen’s FundRazr campaign.
Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!

Menu — June 23

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[beef]   Auzy with Beef  أوزي
A decadent and luxurious meat pie from Damascus, auzy combines a filling of spiced ground beef (halal), rice and peas with rich almonds and pines nuts that have been fried to golden in butter, all wrapped in a buttery phyllo pastry shell and baked to until crispy.

[vegetarian]     Auzy with Mushrooms  أوزي
Same as the beef auzy, but made with cremini mushrooms instead of beef.

Khyar belaban  خيار بلبن
Much like tzatziki, it’s well-known Greek cousin, this combines cool yogurt with garlic and cucumbers, but the addition of mint makes for an especially delightful, cool and refreshing summer salad.

Sfouf  صفوف
A light, delicate semolina cake, made golden with turmeric and fragrant with anise, vanilla, and coconut, studded with black sesame seeds and topped with pistachio.

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$20 +HST

We also have a few extra Fatayer Harra (فطاير المحمره) that we made for the Luminato Festival, frozen in bags of 5. Made with spicy Aleppo pepper paste, tomato, walnuts and olive oil, they reheat beautifully, and I just cut mine in half and pop them in the toaster! Amazing with eggs, salad or soup. [vegan]
$10
Note: bags of fatayer can be picked up, but cannot be delivered separately, only together with a meal order.

Meals will go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Meals will be available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, June 9.

foodora has sponsored FREE Delivery within 3km radius

Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

>> ORDER HERE <<

Tonight’s meal is available in limited quantities. Proceeds from the sales of these dishes help pay for all the ingredients prepared by the moms to take home to their families, with any remaining proceeds shared amongst the cooks. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.

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

LuminatoLast week, Joshna Maharaj, a local food superhero and this year’s Food Programmer of the Luminato Festival reached out to us and invited the Newcomer Kitchen to participate in the Neighbourhood Food Festival — a free, two-day street party set up across from Union Station. To make this possible, we have partnered with Vanessa Yu of CaterToronto, and Syrian chef/entrepreneur Hiyam Samara of the beloved Akram’s Shoppe in Kensington Market. It’s amazing to think that our cooks — in just a few short weeks — will be part of one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious cultural festivals, serving over 1000 (!) people alongside some of Toronto’s top chefs and restaurants.

The Neighbourhood Food Festival is on Saturday, June 18 (12pm-8pm) and Sunday, June 19 (12pm-6pm), on Front Street, across from Union Station.

fatayer sfeehaOur Newcomer cooks will be making 2 types of fatayer — the likely ancestor of all modern “pizzas” — following traditional recipes from the As-Suwayda region in southwestern Syria. Soft, hand-rolled dough is topped with either spiced ground beef, tomatoes, parsley and pine nuts (Sfeeha  صفيحة), or with a uniquely Syrian combination of spicy pepper paste, walnuts, mint and olive oil (Harra  حارة ), and served with some fresh vegetables on the side. We will also include a small square of Sfouf صفوف, a delicious golden semolina cake with turmeric, anise and pistachio. Access to the event is free and open to the public, with each food dish priced at $6. Come down and support these amazing ladies and their incredible achievement!

For all the updates, follow Newcomer Kitchen online on our webpageFacebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email, and stay tuned for more developments…

We will be back at The Dep next week with more amazing Syrian meals for sale.

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 or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

We also offer 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This is available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Menu — June 9

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[beef]   Shishbarak  شيش برك
Almost every cuisine in the world has their comfort food dumplings, and Syria is no exception. A soft dough is handmade from flour, salt and water and then filled with cooked onions, olive oil, halal ground beef, salt and pepper and then baked. A thick, tangy yogurt sauce is prepared by cooking strained yogurt with starch, which is then spiced with aromatic fried garlic and coriander. The dumplings are added to the sauce and the dish is served alongside Rez bel Shairieh (rice with vermicelli).

[vegetarian] Fasolia bel Zait with Rez bel Shairieh  فاصوليا بالزيت و رز بالشعرية
Green beans and garlic slow-cooked in olive oil with tomatoes and garnished with tart pomegranate molasses; served with a side of Rez bel Shairieh (rice with vermicelli).

Salatet Batata سلطة بطاطا
Cubes of tender potato combined with tomatoes and finely cut fresh mint leaves and drizzled with olive oil.

Nammoura نموره
One of the most popular traditional Syrian desserts, this simple cake of semolina, butter, sugar and yogurt is garnished with slivered almonds before being baked. The warm cake is drizzled with simple syrup scented with lemon. Today’s cake will (hopefully) be baked in the wood ovens at Dufferin Grove Park.

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$20 +HST

Meals will go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Meals will be available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, June 9.

foodora has sponsored FREE Delivery within 3km radius

Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

Tonight’s meal is available in limited quantities. Proceeds from the sales of these dishes help pay for all the ingredients prepared by the moms to take home to their families, with any remaining proceeds shared amongst the cooks. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.

Newcomer Kitchen — June 2

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Burgul Behommos برغل بحمص [chicken]

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 or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide an honorarium for the cooks.

NEW! – As a fundraising experiment, we are offering up 1 spot to help/hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal on Thursday afternoon. We are asking for a $50 donation for this, which will go to topping up the $ we have to share with the cooks. This will be available for purchase online, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Menu — June 2
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Burgul Behommos برغل بحمص [chicken]
Burgul (aka bulgur wheat), is a dried cracked wheat that is an ancient staple of the Middle and Near East. It is typically made from whole grain durum wheat that has been coarsely ground, soaked, steamed and dried, a process that enhances its shelf life and nutritional profile. Compared to white rice, bulgur has more fiber and protein, a lower glycemic index, and higher levels of most vitamins and minerals.
Burgul Behommos is a festive dish which many Syrians take pride in cooking for family gatherings and celebrations. Chicken and chickpeas are boiled with spices and set aside. Then the burgul is cooked in the rich chicken broth, before being re-combined with the chickpeas and topped with the deboned chicken.

Majaddarat Bulgur مجدرة برغل [vegetarian]
Well known in many Syrian villages, this staple dish of bulgur, lentils and onions is highly regarded for its nutritional value and health benefits. Brown lentils are boiled then bulgur is added to the broth. Sliced onions slowly caramelized in olive oil, until crispy and then the flavoured oil is added to the lentil bulgur mix. The finished dish is topped with fried onions, and served with fresh yogurt, some fresh vegetables and a selection of pickled turnips, small cucumbers and hot peppers.

Salateh Naameh سلطة ناعمة
This “fine salad” can be found throughout the middle east, with tomatoes, cucumber, and white onion are finely diced and seasoned with olive oil, mint and lemon juice. The perfect, fresh compliment to hearty burgul dishes.

Halaweh bel Jebn حلاوة بالجبن
Syria is home to a wide variety of cheeses, some of which make appearances in their delicious desserts. For this dish, an outer layer is prepared with semolina, sugar, and a stretchy, chewy cheeze like mozzarella, and then rolled around a cool milky cheese like ricotta. The soft cheese rolls are then drizzled with sugar syrup and decorated with crushed pistachios.

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$20 +HST
Purchase here:
http://thedepanneur.ca/event/newcomer-kitchen-june-2/

Meals will go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Meals will be available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, June 2.

foodora has sponsored FREE Delivery within 3km radius

Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

Tonight’s meal is available in limited quantities. Proceeds from the sales of these dishes help pay for all the ingredients prepared by the moms to take home to their families, with any remaining proceeds shared amongst the cooks. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.

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

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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, going, ‘We’re supposed to do the cooking?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah. Just come cook,'” said Len Senater, owner of The Depanneur, an eclectic food kitchen in Toronto.

“All of the sudden, the timber of the whole thing changed and they were talking and laughing and cooking and chopping and, it became … just the whole place was just full of life, and I think that’s really when we said okay, this is an amazing thing that we really should do.

“I’m Len Senater. I run The Depanneur here in Toronto. The Depanneur is a place where interesting food things happen. It’s a venue I established about five years ago to showcase the amazing diversity of culinary talent we have in the city.

“You know, as the news stories started coming out that there were families that were in the hotels for extended periods of time that didn’t have access to kitchens, couldn’t cook for their family or themselves, and I mean, I have this big kitchen; it’s not being used necessarily during the day. … Could I just invite them to use the kitchen so that they could use it to make food for themselves and their family?

“It seemed like a pretty simple idea and kind of a natural extension of the way we open our kitchen to people anyways. If you combine newcomers with kitchens, all of these incredible opportunities start to emerge. So, they have an incredible skill set, and how do we recognize the skills they already have, and how can we create a path where they can take the skills they have and turn them into ways they can support their families? We win, too, because it makes the city a more delicious place to be, and we’re getting these amazing foods that a lot of people have never tried before.

“There’s also this idea that although this issue was born in a specific crisis of this particular group not having kitchens for a short period of time, what became clear is that the essential idea is much bigger than that. This can be done with any newcomer community, or any marginalized community, in any kitchen willing to open its doors, in any city in the world.

“So part of this project is also trying to figure out how to unpack that idea and realize the full potential. Can we open-source this idea and get it out into the world where its impact can amplify and magnify wherever it lands?”

This video includes a video from CTV News. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

«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

Quelques participantes à l'initiative Newcomer Kitchen. Photo : Jonathan Bouchard

Quelques participantes à l’initiative Newcomer Kitchen. Photo : Jonathan Bouchard

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 projet Newcomer Kitchen. Ainsi, une fois par semaine, des réfugiés syriens se rassemblent dans la cuisine du Dépanneur, un espace culinaire de l’Ouest de Toronto où tous et toutes s’affairent à préparer des mets typiques de leur pays.

Initialement, le projet permettait aux réfugiés qui étaient encore logés à l’hôtel de se nourrir sainement. La mission s’est transformée au fil des mois. Maintenant, les participant vendent également des repas à la communauté.

Selon l’un des instigateurs du projet, le propriétaire du Dépanneur, Leonard Senater, ce projet permet d’assurer la survie de traditions culinaires de la Syrie. Ces rencontres hebdomadaires permettent également aux réfugiés de tisser des liens avec la communauté.

VIDEO: Newcomer Kitchen, une cuisine communautaire pour les réfugiés

AUDIO FIL: «Newcomer Kitchen» : le partage des traditions culinaires syriennes à Toronto