COVID Update Mar 16

#DoingWhatWeCan #StillDoing

We recognize the importance of diligence, caution, and collective participation in helping minimize the spread of COVID-19. We are monitoring municipal, provincial and federal guidelines, and adhering to best practices for small gatherings.

The CDC and Provincial health officials have recommended avoiding/rescheduling gatherings of more than 50 people. The Dep classes are capped at 12 people, and 24 guests for Drop In Dinners and Supper Clubs. We’re also expanding our pickup/takeout options. We’ll continue to closely follow the situation and recommendations, and adjust accordingly.

COVID-19 is definitely turning things upside down for a lot people. To try and make things a bit easier, The Dep is doing what we can to help:

Drop-In Dinners now have online pre-ordering for pickup

You can now pre-order your Wed-night Drop-In Dinner online and it will be ready for you to pick up at your specified time.

Mama Linda’s Filipino Brunch now offers call-ahead for pickup

Maria Polotan is taking advance orders for brunch dishes packed up to go! Give her a call or text at 416-573-3108 and she’ll have your order ready for you when you arrive

Increased Social Distancing at Cooking Classes

We’ve re-organized our space for classes to have 3 separate tables of 4 people.

Supper Clubs now have a takeout option

If you have purchased a ticket to one of our upcoming Supper Clubs, we are happy to pack up your meal for pickup; just let us know us by email.

Revised Cancellation Policy

We have updated our cancellation policy to give people more options, make it easier for people who need to change plans on short notice.

Clean Hands & Open Hearts — A Dep COVID-19 Update

Dear friends, guests, and supporters,

While it is encouraging to see people continue to sign up for our upcoming events, it is also understandable that public health concerns may impact some people’s decisions in the coming weeks. In light of the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in, I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on what precautions and policies we are putting in place for the foreseeable future.

The Dep will continue to operate as usual, hosting our classes and events. We will double down on the cleaning and sanitizing protocols for our space, and will be switching to antimicrobial soap for our washrooms and hand wash stations. For Supper Club events, we will consider individual vs. family-style plating options where possible.

We are also going to make some temporary changes to our cancellation/refund policies. Anyone feeling unwell or under advisement to minimize non-essential public interactions, please contact us ASAP if you think you will not be able to attend an event to which you have purchased tickets.

As per our regular policy, we will do our best to find other takers for your tickets. Any released tickets that are picked up will be fully credited automatically.

As a temporary measure, if you are able to let us know >48 hrs prior to your event, we can offer a full credit or refund, regardless of whether the tickets are picked up or not.

For situations where we are notified with less than 48hrs notice, and where tickets go unused, we can offer a 50% credit or refund, as the chefs are likely to have already purchased/prepared ingredients based on the tickets sold.

Should it become necessary for us to cancel any event, we will, as per usual, issue full refunds to all ticket holders.

While we will be issuing refunds and credits as per this policy by default, should you like to consider your ticket purchase as a donation to help support The Dep through what is certain to be a challenging stretch, please let us know.

It is my hope that we can navigate the challenges and uncertainty of the current situation together, and continue to create and share interesting food things with our amazing community of supporters.

We will be following any Toronto Public Health advisories, and will do our best to keep everyone updated should the circumstances change.

Thanks
LEN

Redeeming Depanneur Gift Certificates or Discount Coupons

Looking to buy Gift Certificates for The Depanneur? Click Here

Using Your Gift Certificate or Discount Coupon

You (or the Gift Certificate recipient, if you requested it be emailed directly to them) will receive an email with a coupon that looks like this:

Simply click on it, and the Gift Certificate should automatically be applied to your shopping cart when you head to the checkout.

Whoever placed the order will also receive an order confirmation with a link to a downloadable/printable Gift Certificate

The printable Gift Certificate looks like this; it’s not required, it’s just in case you want a physical certificate to give as a gift. You’ll need to write in the coupon code you received

You can also download one here if you need it.

Alternatively, you can apply the code by copying & pasting (or typing) it into the Coupon Code field of the shopping cart screen

Holiday Hours & 2018 Schedule Changes

First Up: HOLIDAY HOURS

The Dep will be CLOSED from December 17 – January 18
BRUNCH will be OPEN every SAT & SUN throughout the holidays,
except for Sunday, Dec 24.
Stay tuned for an exciting New Year’s Day Brunch announcement!

Up Next: 2018 Schedule

Some changes to our scheduled activities

It’ll take a while before the whole website is updated with the new information – I’ll be working on that over the break.

SUNDAYS  |  Workshops 6:30–9pm
MONDAYS  |  Workshops 6:30–9pm

Our Workshops have become very popular, selling out quite often; as a result, we have been offering additional classes on subsequent dates. We’ve put some of these on Sunday nights, and that has proven to be a convenient time for many people. To make it as easy as possible for our instructors, it’s best if we can run classes on back-to-back dates, so I’m going to start scheduling workshop for Sunday nights, and if there is overflow, we can carry over the classes on to Monday nights as well.

We’re also going to be increasing the prices of our Workshops from $50 to $60. I’ve done a bit of research and many of our workshops we offer are less than half the price of equivalent classes in other locations around the city! Ironically, I believe The Dep also pays our instructors more than anywhere else: 60% of the ticket price! But like everyone else, we need to keep up with rising food costs, rent, etc. The increase will be split between instructors and The Dep, so that they will all take home a bit more from each class, and still be a great value for participants.

Note: I will send out a special discount coupon to anyone purchasing a Gift Certificate in December 2017 for $10 off any workshop in 2018 so that their Certificates can still be redeemed for a full workshop ticket.

1st TUESDAYs  |  Table Talks 6–9pm

Our popular speaker series with dinners by Dep founder Len Senater will continue on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

WEDNESDAYS  |  Newcomer Kitchen 6–7pm

Newcomer Kitchen will resume — hopefully, pending successful fundraising in December — in late Jan, but will be now be on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays.

THURSDAYS  |  Drop-In Dinners 6-9pm

The Dep’s popular Drop-In Dinner series will move to Thursday nights. Come check out a different guest chef each week.

FRIDAYS  |  Private Events  6-11pm

Many people host their own private parties at The Dep, so we’re dedicating Friday nights specifically for this.

SATURDAYS  |  Supper Club  7:30-10:30pm

Our fabulous family-style dinner parties will continue on Saturday nights

SATURDAY & SUNDAYS  |  Brunch — 10am–2:30pm

We’re stoked to have Mazeh, a great new Middle Eastern-inspired brunch, on the go every Sat & Sun.

 

NEWCOMER KITCHEN — December 8

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Kibbeh Summaqiyah كبة سماقية

[beef ] Kibbeh summaqiyah  كبة سماقية
Kibbeh in sumac sauce are a specialty of Aleppo, considered by many to be the culinary capital of Syria. Kibbeh – egg-sized elongated balls of finely ground spiced halal beef and bulgur stuffed with a ground beef and nut mixture, are fried and then cooked a tangy, dark red sumac-infused sauce with lots of onion and sometimes eggplant and/or lamb as well. Served with Rez bel Shairieh (rice with vermicelli)

[vegetarian] Kibbeh summaqiyah  كبة سماقية
Vegetarian kibbeh, with a bulgur and potato dough and a mushroom and walnut filling, also cooked in a tangy sumac sauce

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 of parsley and mint, tomato and onion, with a scattering of bulgur, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon, and salt.

Mahalabia  مهلبية
A delicate milk and semolina pudding scented with rose water and garnished with pistachio and a touch of coconut.

$20 +HST


FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY!

Holiday Cookie Box by Newcomer Kitchen!

nk-cookie-box20 delicious homemade Syrian cookies — a perfect gift!
(If you can resist eating them yourself!)
Add one to your Thursday order for $20.


Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur,
1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm
foodora sponsors FREE Delivery within 3km radius
Delivery outside 3km can be arranged with Liam Woolacoot of Saoirse Couriers
647-676-6486  |  liamgordonwoolacoot@gmail.com

Meals go on sale on Tuesday at 7am.
Please indicate “PICKUP” or “DELIVERY” in the Order Notes at the Checkout.

>> PURCHASE HERE <<


Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee women to use our kitchen 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.

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!
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Help us take this idea into any restaurant kitchen, in any city in the world!
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Learn more about the Newcomer Kitchen project.
http://newcomerkitchen.ca/

Newcomer Kitchen Brunch at Butler’s Pantry

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We invite you to join Newcomer Kitchen at Butler’s Pantry for Toronto’s first authentic Syrian brunch!

brought to you with the generous support of Westbank

This is the first official public Newcomer Kitchen spin-off project, in a trial-run, limited seating engagement. Come enjoy a lavish spread of traditional Syrian home cooking prepared by the talented cooks of Newcomer Kitchen.

Every Sunday until December 18 — SOLD OUT

NEW SATURDAY SEATINGS AVAILABLE!

Prix fixe menu — sold in pairs of 2 — $30 per person

11am, 12, 1 & 2 pm — Tickets must be purchased in advance
(note: each seating is for nearly 2 hours; no one wants to rush Sunday Brunch!)

LOCATION

Butler’s Pantry, 591 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7 View Map


Shay
Bottomless tea!

MEZE (all included, for sharing for 2 people)

Khabaz Saj
Warm flatbread prepared on the domed sag oven
With za’atar and olive oil for dipping

Labneh
Homemade yogurt cheese balls cured in olive oil and seasoned nigella and sesame seed

Kebbeh Bel Sayniyeh
Baked bulgur dough stuffed with walnuts, potatoes, onions, tomato and pomegranate

Baba Ganouj
Smoky eggplant dip with tahini, pomegranate molasses, walnuts and pomegranate seeds

Salatet Na’ameh
Fresh salad of finely chopped tomato, cucumber & onion with lemon, olive oil and mint.

Mukhallat & Atun
Pickled turnips and wild cucumbers; sun-dried black olives spiced with herbs, lemon and Aleppo pepper

Khdarawat
Selection of fresh vegetables to accompany the meal

MAINS (choice of one)

Jazmaz
The Syrian version of the classic Middle Eastern shakshouka; sunny eggs cooked in a rich, chunky tomato sauce with garlic and olive oil.

Fattet Maqdoos
Crispy pita bread, topped with baked eggplant, yogurt- tahini sauce, caramelized onions, pine nuts & parsley. Vegetarian -or- with awarma (confit halal beef)

Beid bel Toum
Syrian hash! Eggs scrambled with potato and whole confit garlic cloves, garnished with pine nuts and herbs.
Vegetarian -or- with awarma (confit halal beef)

Salatet Sabaneh
Wilted spinach tossed with a warm sautée of chickpeas, mushrooms and onions, garnished with lemon & olive oil
Vegan -or- topped with an olive-oil fried egg.

SWEETS, FRUIT & NUTS

Helawiyaat
Figs stuffed with walnuts & dates stuffed with almonds, with grape molasses and tahini for dipping.

Namoura
Semolina and yogurt cake, topped with an almond and infused with orange blossom syrup

Barazek
Buttery pistachio and sesame cookie

Beverages available a la carte | Gratuity not included

 

>> PURCHASE HERE <<

 


Butler’s Pantry + Newcomer Kitchen + Westbank

Newcomer Kitchen invites Syrian newcomer women to share their remarkable cooking skills through collaborations with local restaurants. newcomerkitchen.ca

Butler’s Pantry has become a Toronto institution, serving international comfort foods since 1985. butlerspantry.ca

Westbank is Canada’s leading residential and mixed-use real estate development company, committed to including affordable and social housing, non-profit community partnerships, and accessible public space in all of its projects. westbankcorp.com

Newcomer Kitchen Brunch at Butler’s Pantry — SUN Nov. 20

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We invite you to join Newcomer Kitchen at Butler’s Pantry for Toronto’s first authentic Syrian brunch!

This is the first official public NK spin-off project, in a trial-run, limited seating engagement. Come enjoy a lavish spread of traditional Syrian home cooking prepared by the talented cooks of Newcomer Kitchen.

Prix fixe menu — sold in pairs of 2 — $30 per person
3 seatings — 11am, 12 & 1 pm — Tickets must be purchased in advance

>> PURCHASE HERE <<

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Shay
Bottomless tea!

MEZE (all included, for sharing for 2 people)

Khabaz Saj
Warm flatbread prepared on the domed sag oven
With za’atar and olive oil for dipping

Labneh
Homemade yogurt cheese balls cured in olive oil and seasoned nigella and sesame seed

Kebbeh Bel Sayniyeh
Baked bulgur dough stuffed with walnuts, potatoes, onions, tomato and pomegranate

Baba Ganouj
Smoky eggplant dip with tahini, pomegranate molasses, walnuts and pomegranate seeds

Salatet Na’ameh
Fresh salad of finely chopped tomato, cucumber & onion with lemon, olive oil and mint.

Mukhallat & Atun
Pickled turnips and wild cucumbers; sun-dried black olives spiced with herbs, lemon and Aleppo pepper

Khdarawat
Selection of fresh vegetables to accompany the meal

MAINS (choice of one)

Jazmaz
The Syrian version of the classic Middle Eastern shakshouka; sunny eggs cooked in a rich, chunky tomato sauce with garlic and olive oil.

Fattet Maqdoos
Crispy pita bread, topped with baked eggplant, yogurt- tahini sauce, caramelized onions, pine nuts & parsley. Vegetarian -or- with awarma (confit halal beef)

Beid bel Toum
Syrian hash! Eggs scrambled with potato and whole confit garlic cloves, garnished with pine nuts and herbs.
Vegetarian -or- with awarma (confit halal beef)

Salatet Sabaneh
Wilted spinach tossed with a warm sautée of chickpeas, mushrooms and onions, garnished with lemon & olive oil
Vegan -or- topped with an olive-oil fried egg.

SWEETS, FRUIT & NUTS

Helawiyaat
Figs stuffed with walnuts & dates stuffed with almonds, with grape molasses and tahini for dipping.

Namoura
Semolina and yogurt cake, topped with an almond and infused with orange blossom syrup

Barazek
Buttery pistachio and sesame cookie

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Beverages available a la carte | Gratuity not included

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Newcomer Kitchen invites Syrian newcomer women to share their remarkable cooking skills through collaborations with local restaurants. newcomerkitchen.ca

Butler’s Pantry has become a Toronto institution, serving international comfort foods since 1985. butlerspantry.ca

WORKSHOP: Syrian Home Cooking with Newcomer Kitchen

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MONDAY, Oct. 10  |  10am-5pm
An all-day cooking workshop on Thanksgiving Monday!

Back in the spring, The Depanneur reached out to the Syrian newcomer community and has been delighting in the delicious results ever since. Our Newcomer Kitchen project has become something of a local sensation, serving up 50 meals of traditional Syrian home cooking every week.

In that time, many people have expressed tremendous interest in learning some of these fabulous recipes, so for this Thanksgiving Monday, The Dep and Newcomer Kitchen are teaming up to offer a full-day, hands-on workshop delving into a some of our most popular Syrian dishes. The class will be led by Rahaf Al Akbani, one of Newcomer Kitchen’s coordinators, along with 2 of our talented Syrian cooks, and facilitated by The Dep’s Emily Zimmerman.

The class will cover a number of delicious and traditional Syrian recipes, and will include a meze lunch and food to take home.

— Morning —
Mutabal kousa  متبل كوسا 
Syrian home cooking is notable for its economy and minimal waste. The pulp scooped out of the middle of the zucchinis when they are cored to make Kousa Mahshi is not thrown out, but rather cooked up and combined with tahini and lemon to transform it into a subtle and delicious meze dip akin to baba ganoush.

Kibbeh bel Senia  كبة بالصينية
Kibbeh is one of the most quintessential Syrian dishes, made from a thick dough of bulgur (steamed, dried and cracked whole wheat). Many types of kibbeh are individually stuffed, shaped and fried, which can be very labour intensive, but this delicious vegetarian kibbeh is stuffed with a combination of walnuts, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and pomegranate seeds, garnished with pine nuts, baked in a tray like brownies!

Salateh Naameh  سلطة ناعمة
This essential Mediterranean 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.

Khabaz Saj (خبز الصاج)
A simple fresh flatbread, handmade on the traditional domed oven of the same name.

LUNCH

— Afternoon —
Kousa Mahshi  كوسا محشي
Stuffed zucchinis were cherished by the former Ottoman Empire, and they made them popular from the Balkans to the Levant. Most popular are the beautiful, pale green young marrow or summer squash, but regular zucchinis work just fine. They are hollowed out with a special implement called a manakra (an apple corer works well in a pinch), and stuffed with a mix of ground halal beef and rice, or a spiced rice mixture for a vegetarian option.

Namoura  نمُّورة 
An classic Syrian dessert, a rich buttery semolina and yogurt cake, garnished with almonds and drizzled with a orange-blossom infused syrup.
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$125 +HST

>> PURCHASE HERE <<

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Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian refugee women to use our kitchen 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. The project now supports over 55 women and has paid out over $16,000 directly into the community in only a few months.

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.

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Every Monday, The Depanneur invites TO’s best culinary talents to lead fun, hands-on workshops.

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.

TABLE TALK: Lehee Lev

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