2016: The times are a-changin’…

 Hey y’all… Can you believe The Dep has been putting out interesting food things for nearly 5 years?!? You can expect more great culinary adventures in 2016; I’m presently working on nailing down some moving parts, but here are some of the changes you can expect in the new year:
  • We’ll be keeping our great hands-on Monday Workshops and weekend Supper Clubs. We haven’t raised the prices in 5 years, so starting in 2016, these events will be $50 (+HST).
    NOTE: if you buy Gift Certificates before Dec. 31, you’ll pay the 2015 price ($40), but can apply it towards any 2016 event!
  • We’ll be keeping our Friday-night Drop-In Dinners, with a different guest cook every week; The Dep is still committed to being a showcase for all the amazing amateur & professional culinary talent we have in Toronto.
  • We will be winding down our Tues, Wed and Thurs-night Drop-In Dinners. It’s hard to let them go, as I love cooking for our community, and have really enjoyed working with the talented Emily Zimmerman who has run our great vegan nights in collaboration with Fresh City Farms. You can be sure that she will continue to be a regular fixture at our Workshops, Drop-In Dinners & Supper Clubs.
  • I will converting my own Tuesday Drop-In Dinner and the great Table Talks series into a ticketed monthly event so I can offer our guest speakers a honorarium in addition to dinner.
  • B.K., the Free Range Human, continues his fantastic Thick Cut Brunch every Sat & Sun, and we’re presently scheming on ways to get even more amazing breakfast & lunch into your mouths.
  • The Dep will still be available to rent for Private Events, both on weekends, and now we will be able to accommodate private workshops, team-building events and dinners on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights as well.
The Dep will be CLOSED Dec 21–Jan 15 for a bit of a holiday break and a chance to put some of these changes in place. Brunch will continue every weekend throughout the break, plus stay tuned for details on a special New Year’s Day Brunchtacular event.

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The Depanneur

Liora Ipsum | September 09, 2011 | blogto.com

The Depanneur is easily one of Toronto’s most intriguing eateries. It’s not so much a restaurant but a blank canvas owned by Len Senater and programmed much like a nightclub with an ever changing cast of cooks coming through.

It’s got a kitchen party kind of vibe thanks to its single room stature where the kitchen and dining area all inhabit one space. When it gets busy, the windows fog up and the room can get quite loud but it all just adds to the excitement.

Some events, like workshops and supper clubs (multi-course menus presented by guest chefs) are ticketed while other offerings like weekday dinners and table talks are drop-in only and generally feature just a single dish. It’s not licensed but BYOB (no corkage fee) is sometimes encouraged.

Brunch on weekends is the only thing offered with any real regularity and the cash-only affair is helmed by Brad Kurtenbach who has dubbed the current menu as Thick Cut Brunch. It’s named in tribute to some of the fattest slabs of bacon I’ve ever been so fortunate to encounter.



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TABLE TALK: Dawn and Ed Rek


Dawn and Ed Rek, a former bread baker and chef respectively, are in their 8th year as local artisanal cracker makers at Evelyn’s Crackers where they bake, package, label and deliver to vendors around Toronto as well as having a rooted presence at several local farmer’s markets since 2008. Read more

TABLE TALK: Ksenija Hotic

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TABLE TALK: Vanessa Yu


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TABLE TALK: Jose Arato

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TABLE TALK: Peter McClusky

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TABLE TALK: Carlos and Sandra Flores

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40 Homes for Dinner

40 Homes For Dinner fundraising event for Homes First — an organization actively addressing homelessness in Toronto.

Hosted by: MP Andrew Cash
Catering by: Rancho Relaxo