The Depanneur + The Bentway:
COMMUNAL DINNERS 2022
The Depanneur and The Bentway are back this summer for a 4th year of diverse and delicious food events. The 2022 Communal Table series is bigger and better than ever, with 20 events running June 16 to Aug 23.
THURSDAY nights sit-down Communal Dinners take place at Strachan Gate at The Bentway, and SUNDAY nights are take-away Communal Picnics at The Bentway Studio at Canoe Landing, both featuring some of your favourite Depanneur cooks showcasing flavours from all over the world.
2022 Communal Dinner Lineup
Events & tickets will be posted several weeks before each event.
June 16 | Erika Araujo | Mexican
June 23 | Lhundup & Tsewang | Tibetan
June 30 | Newcomer Kitchen | International
July 7 | Tuba Tunç | Turkish
July 14 | Mary Freij | Middle Eastern
July 21 | Maria Polotan | Filipino
July 28 | Marc Kusitor+Daniel Holloway | Haitian fusion
August 4 | Dali Chehimi | Tunisian
August 11 | Elita Rocka | Indonesian
August 18 | Greg Couillard | Asian fusion
Upcoming Communal Dinners
Upcoming Events › Bentway Dinners 2022
Turkey has an ancient culinary tradition stretching back to the very beginnings of Western civilization. From these deep roots the Ottomans developed a sophisticated and aristocratic cuisine based on ingredients and influences pulled from an empire that stretched from North Africa across the Middle East and into Greece and the Balkans. The flavours of contemporary Turkish food emerge from this mix of cultures and traditions, and shine in Chef Tuba Tunç’s selection of traditional Turkish dishes.Find out more »
In so many of the world's culinary tractions, delicious food and their warm memories are the domain of grandmothers. Chef Mary Freij's newest project, Teta's (Grandmother's) Kitchen is an homage to those recipes, connecting Mary to her Palestinian and Lebanese roots, and sharing the stories and flavours from her family's kitchen.Find out more »
Kamayan is a Tagalog word that translates to “by hand” and refers to a traditional Filipino style of eating—communally, and without plates or utensils. A typical kamayan meal features a table covered in banana leaves which is then artfully arranged with a variety of traditional Filipino dishes served rice, condiments and garnishes. Join Maria Polotan of Mama Linda’s for the unique culinary experience of kamayan, showcasing the flavours and traditions of Filipino cuisine.Find out more »
Pay It Forward
At check out, you will be given the opportunity to either contribute towards a supplemental Pay It Forward meal. For every Pay It Forward meal purchased, The Depanneur and The Bentway will work together to provide a second meal to double the impact of your generosity. All Pay it Forward funds will be used to create fresh meals for the The Fort York-Spadina Community Care Program; @spafycc
Communal Dinner FAQs
Where is The Bentway and how do I get there?
The Bentway is located under the Gardiner Expressway on the lands of Fort York National Historic Site, running just east of the Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd) to Bastion Street. > Google Map
Take the TTC:
- 511 Bathurst
- 509 Harbourfront (at at Fort York Blvd.)
- 121 Fort York-Esplanade at Gzowski Blvd (westbound) or Bastion St (eastbound)
Bike to The Bentway!
Use Bike Share Toronto’s System Map, or download CycleFinder or Transit app to locate stations and plan your route with real-time bike and station availability. The closest stations to The Bentway are Fort York Blvd/Garrison Rd, Strachan Ave/Princes’ Blvd, and Fort York Blvd/Bathurst St.
Paid parking is available at 800 Fleet Street, as well as in the Fort York Visitor Centre parking lot.
What if it rains?
Meals will be served rain or shine; there are no refunds for uncollected meals. In the event of an extreme weather event, the dinner will be rescheduled to our rain date of Thursday, Aug 25.
Can I take my food to-go?
No, for the Communal Dinners, the meal will be served, family-style, on platters for sharing, at 10 tables of 6 persons each.
Are there washrooms at The Bentway?
The Bentway provides accessible public washrooms, located in the middle of the site just west of the skate trail. Washrooms and site furniture are available for people to use until 8pm only.
Can you accommodate special dietary restrictions?
As meals are prepared and off site, and the menus being prepared are for this event only, we are not able to accommodate specific dietary restrictions beyond the meat and vegetarian options that are available. Meat and vegetarian items will be served at all tables, but will be kept on separate platters. The Depanneur will try and clarify any potential allergens in the event description. If you have specific questions about ingredients, please contact The Depanneur directly.
Can I BYOB?
There will be still water served with the meals, some non-alcoholic beverages may be available for purchase on site, and there are water fountains on The Bentway site. You are encouraged to bring a beverage of your choice, but be aware that City of Toronto by-laws technically prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public.
We let our chefs know how much food to buy/prepare 48 hours prior to each event, so we cannot offer any cancellations or refunds after this point.
Can I take my food to go?
Not really. This is a sit-down, family-style meal, where each course is brought out to the table to be shared. We do not have any packaging on hand, and the various courses are not all ready to go at the same time. That said, if a member of your party is not able to attend, you are more than welcome to bring your own take out containers and package up their meal for them to take home.