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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 — July 28

Molokhia ملوخية‎‎

Molokhia ملوخية‎‎

MENU — July 28

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[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 for rope & fabric), but known by many other names as well, including West African sorrel, bush okra and Jew’s mallow. This plant has been under cultivation in the Levant for millennia, and was likely on the table of the ancient Egyptians.

While a popular dish throughout the Middle East, it is virtually unknown in North America. I have found only a single local farmer growing it, as an experiment, and she has only found a single customer for it so far. (Well, we can now make it two!). This week’s dish will use some fresh, organic molokhia grown and donated by Kathy Horne of Birdsong Gardens at Fresh CIty Farms in Downsview, as well as imported product sourced at Middle Eastern specialty markets in Mississauga.

For the Syrian version of this dish, this very healthy, dark leafy green is cooked with garlic, coriander and lemon, and combined with shredded chicken that has been cooked separately in a broth with onion and spices. The cooked vegetable is topped with chicken and fried pine nuts, and served alongside Rez bel Shairieh (rice with vermicelli), with some lemon wedges and pickles.

[vegetarian]  Molokhia  ملوخية‎‎ 
The same dish, but topped with whole mushrooms.

Fattoush  فتوش
This popular Levantine salad is made using toasted or fried pieces of pita bread combined with mixed greens, fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber and radish, but vary according to season and region. Mint and parsley lend a freshness and fragrance, and dried sumac (the same staghorn sumac that grows here in Ontario) gives the olive oil-based dressing a distinctive tangy flavour.

Joz Al-Hind  كاتو جوز الهند
A semolina-based cake with syrup, similar to namoura or basbousa, but the addition of lots of grated coconut gives it a rich, macaroon-like quality.
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$20 +HST

Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, July 28.
foodora has sponsored optional 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.


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.


Support the Newcomer Kitchen’s FundRazr campaign.

Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!

Proceeds from the sale of meals goes directly to the newcomer cooks. However this does not cover the costs of the enormous amount of behind-the-scenes coordination required to keep this project going. You can support the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods!

Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.

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

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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.

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), Khyar belaban (cucumber-mint dip), or Torab el Melook (a trifle-like concoction of pineapple, custard and crumbled cookies).

You’ll also see around 10 Syrian women — from 20-somethings with babes in arms to grandmothers — busily making and packaging gourmet meals.

They’re part of a project called the Newcomer Kitchen. It got its modest start in April after Len Senater, The Depanneur’s owner, learned government-sponsored Syrian refugees were cooped up in crowded hotels…

Read the article

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

The Newcomer Kitchen, a volunteer-run initiative that brings Syrian refugee women together in Toronto to cook meals from their native country and share them with Canadians (MEE/Jillian d'Amours)

The Newcomer Kitchen, a volunteer-run initiative that brings Syrian refugee women together in Toronto to cook meals from their native country and share them with Canadians (MEE/Jillian d’Amours)

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 leaves and place them in small mounds on plates in front of them. Then, without skipping a beat, they grab more and start the process over again.

All the while, the animated and jovial conversations around the table do not stop – nor does the cooking.

This is the Newcomer Kitchen, a volunteer-run initiative that brings Syrian refugee women together in Toronto to cook and share traditional meals from their native country with Canadians.

Read the article

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — July 21

Kousa Mahshi

Kousa Mahshi كوسا محشي

MENU — July 21

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[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 the midst of their brief season, there’s no better time to make this delicious dish. Stuffed with a mix of spiced ground halal beef, lamb and rice, and cooked with tomato and cinnamon, the meat version is served hot, as a main course, while the meatless version is considered an “olive-oil dish” and is often eaten at room temperature or warm. Served with fresh saj bread, handmade on the traditional domed oven of the same name.

[vegetarian]  Kousa Mahshi كوسا محشي
The same dish, but with a rice stuffing with garlic and mint.

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

Torab el Melook  طراب الملوك
A cool, creamy, layered trifle of sorts, perfect for a warm summer night. Vanilla custard and rich clotted cream with fresh pineapple and golden crumbled biscuits, from which the dish likely gets its name (Sand of Kings).
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$20 +HST

Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm on Thursday, July 21.

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.


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 guest cook 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.


Support the Newcomer Kitchen’s FundRazr campaign.

Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!

LAST CHANCE! We need your help to reach our goal — please DONATE!

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Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.

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

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 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)

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 and pots is the sound of happy chatter as Syrian women discuss combining the ingredients for yalanji — stuffed grape leaves — and gossip a little.

The women, who came from Syria as part of the federal government’s sponsorship program for refugees, were housed for months in hotels with no access to a kitchen to prepare food for their families.

The Newcomer Kitchen in Toronto is the brainchild of Len Senater, founder and owner of The Depanneur, which hosts pop-up food events and workshops. When he heard about the plight of the refugee families, he decided to open his kitchen to them to cook and enjoy communal meals.

>> Read the story

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

تم النشر:

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 ألا تتوقف وتُحدّق فيما يحدث في آخر ذلك المطعم المزدحم المفتوح، بحسب تقرير نشرته النسخة الكندية لـ”هافينغتون بوست”.

لسن عاملات

قرابة دستة من النساء، بعضهن يرتدين الحجاب، والبعض الآخر يرتدين الجينز، مشغولات بطبخ وجبة مكونة من 3 أطباق، لكن جميعهن لسن عاملات، فهم لاجئات سوريات جئن إلى وطنهم الجديد كندا منذ 3 أشهر فحسب.

“أحب رائحة الطبخ”، هكذا تقول ماجدة مافالاني التي أضافت: “إنه شعور عظيم أن أطبخ مجدداً، أشعر بأنني وُلِدت من جديد”.

Read the article

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — July 14

Fattet Maqdoos فتتة مكدوس

Fattet Maqdoos فتتة مكدوس

MENU — July 14

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[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 food that it is also known as shâmiyât (شاميات ) or ‘Damascene’. This version features Maqdoos, small eggplants that are fried until tender and then stuffed with a savoury spiced meat and nut filling. The dish is built up in layers of bread, yogurt & tahini sauce, tomato sauce, eggplants and topped with fresh yogurt, herbs and pine nuts as a garnish. (Note: if the very small eggplants prove to be too difficult or expensive to find, we’ll work with regular eggplants).

[vegetarian]  Fattet Maqdoos فتتة مكدوس
The same dish, but with a mushroom and nut stuffing in the eggplants.

Salttet Malfoof سلطة ملفوف
A crisp, refreshing cabbage salad with lemon, sumac and pomegranate seeds

Ka’ak el eid كعك العيد
Many kinds of cookies are baked to celebrate Eid, the festivities at the end of Ramadan, each family with a recipe of their own. These delicious cookies are made with semolina and sesame seeds, scented with anise and Mahlab, a spice derived from cherry kernels that adds a marzipan-like almond aroma.
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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, July 14.

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.


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.


Support the Newcomer Kitchen’s FundRazr campaign.

Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!

Only 10 Days Left! We need your help to reach our goal! Please Donate Today!

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Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.

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

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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 and peer at what’s going on inside the crowded open kitchen in the back.

About a dozen women — some wearing headscarves, others in jeans — are busy cooking a three-course meal. But none are staff; they’re Syrian refugees who have been in their new home of Canada for just three months.

“I like the smell of cooking,” said Majda Mafalani. “It feels great to be cooking again. I feel that I was born again.”

>> Read the article

>> Watch the video

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

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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 of lifestyle topics and timely issues.

“Have you heard of the Newcomer Kitchen? Did you know there are a group of Syrian moms making delicious Syrian meals that you can order to take hoe? Len Senater (The Depanneur) offered his kitchen space to a group of Syrian moms new to Toronto who were staying in hotels and didn’t have a kitchen to cook in. With the help of Rahaf and Esmaeel (recently arrived Syrians who assisted in coordinating), that one event snowballed into many opportunities for the Syrian women including cooking for 1000 people at the recent Laminato arts festival and catering a private VIP dinner for guests that included the Mayor. Learn about how you can get involved with Newcomer Kitchen to help them grow and expand.”

>> Listen to the episode
(starts at approx 20 minutes)