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.
THURSDAYS: Communal Dinners at The Bentway (Strachan Gate)
Communal Dinners At A Glance
Communal Dinners are seated, family-style meals, served and shared at 10 tables of 6, where you bring your own plates and cutlery. Tickets must be purchased online in advance, up to 48 hours prior to the event, or until they sell out. Dinners will be held on Thursday nights at Strachan Gate, at the Western end of The Bentway (250 Fort York Blvd, near Strachan); seating begins at 6pm and dinner is served at 6:30pm.
Tickets are available for 2, 4 or 6 persons, but all guests will be seated together at the available tables and will be sharing platters of food at this communal dining experience.
- Communal Dinners will be held on Thursdays from June 16 to August 18
- Tickets must be purchased in advance online (see event listings below), up to 48 hrs prior to pick up, or until they sell out.
- 3-course dinners are $69 for 2, $129 for 4, and $189 for 6 (+HST); single tickets are not available.
- Meat and vegetarian options are available for each meal, but no substitutions or other customizations can be accommodated.
- Guests are asked to bring your own plates and cutlery. There will not be dishwashing facilities available on site, so please plan accordingly — you may wish to bring an extra bag to facilitate taking your dirty dishes home.
- Dinners are served at The Bentway (250 Fort York Blvd.) on Thursdays. The dining area is located at Strachan Gate, at the West end of the site, just East of Strachan Ave, and north of the Fort York Armoury.
- Seating begins at 6pm and dinner is served at 6:30pm; please do not be late!
- As not to waste food, we will have a ‘rush’ waiting list on site; seats not taken by 6:45 will be given away to this list.
- 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.
- Water will be served with the meal, along with one complementary can of Chrisoda per guest. You are welcome to bring other beverages.
- Bentway washrooms and are available for use until 8pm
- Please do not move tables or chairs, or seat more than 6 people per picnic table.
- Please help us keep the space clean and safe for everyone by using the garbage and recycling bins available on site.
- This outdoor event does not have a specific mask policy, but you are kindly requested to not attend if you are experiencing any flu/COVID symptoms.
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
Past Events › Bentway Dinners 2022
COMMUNAL DINNER: Taco Party | Erika Araujo
Ah, tacos… warm, savoury fillings topped with a variety of colourful garnishes, all wrapped up in fresh, tender corn tortillas. These little bundles of deliciousness have become the most iconic Mexican dish the world over, and for good reason. Join Chef Erika Araujo of Ixiim for this fun and interactive DIY taco party featuring a fabulous spread of 5 different fillings and toppings that showcase the delectable diversity of authentic Mexican flavours.Find out more »
COMMUNAL DINNER: Tibetan Momos | Tsewang & Lhundup
Momos — hearty dumplings of simple dough wrapped around delectable fillings, served steamed or fried with spicy sauce — are probably Tibet’s best known culinary export. In fact, momos are well-loved in many of the countries around the Himalayas, with countless variations in ingredients, appearance and names. But especially in Tibet, momos are not just food; they are also symbols of festivity and celebration. They are served during important social occasions like marriages, New Years and other special family gatherings. Join Tsewang & Lhundup of TC’s Tibetan Momo, for a taste of traditional Tibetan fare, all made with local, organic ingredients sourced directly from the Ontario farmers they work alongside at several of Toronto’s farmers’ markets.Find out more »
COMMUNAL DINNER: Mama’s Cuisine | Newcomer Kitchen
Newcomer Kitchen started at The Depanneur in 2016 as a grass-roots initiative to create social and economic opportunities for newly-arrived Syrian refugees. After a wildly successful 3-year pilot at The Depanneur, Newcomer Kitchen expanded to become a entrepreneurial training program aimed at helping diverse groups of newcomer women gain experience in the food sector. Mama's Cuisine is one of Newcomer Kitchen’s newest cohorts, women from around the world who have come together to share their foods and cultures with Toronto. Hot on the heels of a successful pop-up at the Leslieville Farmers' Market, these ladies from Palestine, Pakistan, India, Lebanon and Egypt are excited to create a truly international meal just in time for Canada Day — a celebration of everything that makes this country home for so many.Find out more »
COMMUNAL DINNER: Turkish Manti | Tuba Tunç
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 »
COMMUNAL DINNER: Teta’s Palestinian Kitchen | Mary Freij
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 »
COMMUNAL DINNER: Filipino Kamayan | Maria Polotan
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 »
COMMUNAL DINNER: Creole vs Kreyól | Marc Kusitor + Daniel Holloway
There are many legacies of colonialism, many terrible, and yet still some wonderful things have emerged from this collision of cultures. In places where French and African cultures touched, a vibrant fusion cuisine emerged. Creole (Louisiana) and Kreyól (Haiti) foodways share common roots but represent diverse branches, informed by the idiosyncrasies of history and terroir. Chefs Marc Kusitor and Dan Holloway playfully explore the intersection of these two culinary worlds, where French techniques meet African traditions and New World ingredients.Find out more »
COMMUNAL DINNER: Casbah Flavours | Dali Chehimi
Long-time Dep favourite, Chef Dali Chehimi brings his traditional Tunisian favourites to the table for a delicious taste of the Casbah! Tunisian cuisine features all the hallmarks of delicious North African food: complex spices, lush combinations of fruit and meat, Mediterranean ingredients and a hint of French colonial influence. Tagines, the flavourful stews that range from Morocco to Egypt, get their name from the characteristic conical dishes of the same name that they are most often cooked in.Find out more »
COMMUNAL DINNER: Indonesian Rijsttafel | Elita Rocka
Dutch for “rice table,” rijsttafel is part of the Dutch-Indonesian colonial heritage, a meal for festive occasions to be enjoyed with family or friends. It consists of serving many small Indonesian dishes, revolving around rice, to be shared with the whole table. Tonight Chef Elita from Nai Nai Indonesian Food curates an exquisite selection of the diverse and delicious dishes from Indonesia’s many cultures and culinary traditions.Find out more »
COMMUNAL DINNER: Seoul Food BBQ | Greg Couillard
Chef Greg Couillard is best known for his unique and eclectic mix of Caribbean, Asian, Latin, and Indian flavours and ingredients. He has forged a reputation as a fearless culinary innovator, a kind of supercollider of food ideas, smashing them together with incredible force, producing novel and exotic new dishes for lucky diners to marvel at. Chef Greg’s 30+ year culinary legacy has left an indelible impression on fine dining in Toronto, opening eyes, minds & palates to the incredible culinary diversity of our city. For this dinner, Greg casts his net across Asia, reeling in flavours from China, Thailand and Korea, and bringing it all to the table with his inimitable panache.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
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. Visit The Bentway website for more information about this unique venue.
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?
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.
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.