An “open mic night” for culinary talent
Every WED & FRI, The Depanneur invites guest cooks, amateur or professional, are invited to make their favourite food.
Pick-Up Dinners are prepared by a ever-changing lineup of guest cooks, with a unique menu every week.
Meals are typically a minimum of 3 courses – appetizer, main & dessert – and are available for 2 ($48) or 4 ($90).
Meal are pre-ordered online up to 10pm the night before the scheduled event, and are picked up at the front window between 6-7:30pm.
Wherever possible, we provide vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free options. Check event listings for menu details.
NOTE: Pick-Up Dinners occasionally sell out early
We’re always looking for enterprising foodies who’d like to cook for a crowd and make a bit of extra cash. If you’d like to do a Pick-Up Dinner at The Depanneur, click here to learn more.
Upcoming Pick Up Dinners at The Dep
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Past Events › Drop-In Dinner
Pre-order online until TUE Nov 16, 10pm Pick up on WED Nov 17, 6-7:30pm It’s hardly surprising the Tibet’s cold, windy plateau has evolved a hearty, warming cuisine perfect for winter weather. Join Tsewang & Lhundup of TC’s Tibetan Momo, for a taste of traditional Tibetan fare, made with local ingredients sourced from the Ontario farmers they work alongside at several of Toronto’s farmers’ markets. Tibetan Lentil Soup (vegan) Piping hot, hearty lentil broth with subtle curry spices Kotey Momos 6pc per person…
Pre-order online until THU Nov 18, 10pm Pick up on FRI Nov 19, 6-7:30pm Elements of Chinese cuisine can be found in nearly every country in the world, the product of hundreds, and in some places thousands, of years of Chinese emigration and trade. The Caribbean is no exception as the waves of labourers and indentured servants poured in to fill the colonial labour gaps left by the abolition of the slave trade. Today there is nary a Caribbean nation…
Like many middle-class families growing up in the Philippines, Maria Polotan’s family’s Sunday lunch centred around pochero — a hearty all-in-one meal based around a rich soup-stew of mixed meats and vegetables flavoured by chorizo or ham bones. The flavours speak to a strong colonial influence, a cousin of Spanish dishes like cocido Madrileno or Portuguese cozido, but the addition of saba (a cooking banana similar to plantain) as well as the accompanying berenjena (eggplant-garlic sauce) makes the dish uniquely Filipino. Bowls of the rich broth are served to start, followed by a big platter of the meats and vegetables neatly arranged, accompanied by a bowl of berenjena and, of course, rice.
Long-time Dep favourite, Chef Dali Chehimi brings a mix of traditional Tunisian and Moroccan favourites to the table for a delicious tour of North African cuisine. Complex spices, lush combinations of sweet, savoury and spicy, Mediterranean ingredients and a hint of French colonial influence make for an exquisite culinary adventure.
Greek and Jewish cuisine is not an especially common fusion, which is actually kind of odd, given the thousand-plus years of coexistence that they shared in antiquity, stretching back to at least 400 BCE. The ebb and flow of empires and diasporas severed ties and diverged paths, but some common threads remain — e.g. the tradition of leaning to the left during the Passover seder it considered by some to derive from the preferred leaning posture of reclining Greek & Roman nobles at their banquets… an emulation of the table manners of the ancient ruling class, emphasizing the luxury of eating like a free man vs. slave. Tonight’s dinner is a Greek-Jewish fusion, prepared by Alissa Kondogiannis, a Greek-Jewish mash-up herself, equally inspired by classic Hanukkah treats and the Mediterranean flavours of Greece.
In early 2016, shortly after hundreds of Syrian refugee families arrived in Toronto, The Depanneur reached out with an invitation to share our kitchen. From that small gesture of hospitality emerged Newcomer Kitchen, which evolved into a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating social and economic opportunities for newcomer women while enriching the culinary landscape of our city. Now, 5 years and thousands of meals later, a small group of the original participants have teamed up to form their own catering business, Syrian Sisters. Tonight’s menu features a selection of traditional Syrian dishes that were among my favourites from the Newcomer Kitchen project.
Iván Wadgymar has some unfamiliar job titles for a Torontonian: Tortillero, Molinero, and Sembrador, each one taking him deeper into the heart of a culinary tradition. As a Tortillero, he runs Maizal Tortilleria making artisanal Mexican tortillas and totopos (aka tortilla chips) using locally grown organic corn. As a Molinero he processes raw corn using the traditional nixtamal method that transforms it into the raw masa dough that is the foundation of much of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking, making it more digestible and nutritious in the process. As a Sembrador (sower), he grows his own heirloom varietals of corn and other vegetables, herbs and spices in the sustainable permaculture tradition of the small milpa farms of Mexico. Together, he connects land, seed, process and product in a way that is a celebration of both our local terroir and his hispanic heritage, putting the culture back into agriculture. Along the way he both protects and reveals the unique flavours of a culinary tradition that is both ancient and very much alive.
Bosanska kuhinja (Bosnian cuisine) is a balance between Western and Eastern influences; like much of the food of the Balkans, it is closely related to Turkish/Ottoman and Mediterranean cuisines, with some Central European influences. It is a place that is deeply rooted in its foodways, with traditional dishes that have been made from the same recipes for hundreds of years.
Pre-order online until TUE Dec 14, 10pm Pick up on WED Dec 15, 6-7:30pm Tourtière – the iconic French Canadian meat pie – is a classic part of the Christmas Eve réveillon and New Year’s Eve meal in Québec. Chef Sonya Gammal is a true tourtière aficionado whose time-tested recipe has become a much-anticipated annual holiday tradition, but is comforting and delicious any time of year. “This is the best Tourtière I’ve ever had! And the crust is absolute perfection!…
Well, this is it — The Last Supper — and I could not ask for a more perfect person to cook it than Chef Greg Couillard. In the 80s and 90s Greg blazed a trail through Toronto’s restaurant scene, equally famous for his spectacular talent and his enfant terrible reputation. He was one of a handful of revolutionary chefs that transformed fine dining in Toronto from a provincial enclave of old French fare and stuffy steakhouses into an explosion of colours, flavours and spices that reflected the energy and diversity of a rapidly changing city. He did to food what glam and punk did to music; similarly his rapacious addictions and wild child personality left as much chaos in its wake.