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Pick Up Dinner FAQ
What is a Pick-Up Dinner?
Every WED and FRI we invite different guest cooks to prepare prix-fixe dinners for 2 or 4. Dinners are pre-ordered online up to the night before, and picked up at The Dep on the following evening.
Who can cook a pick up dinner?
The Depanneur invites both amateur or professional cooks, to make their favourite food. There are no specific prerequisites or requirements, only the confidence and skills to prepare 30-60+ meals.
What should the menu look like?
Pick Up Dinners are a pre-fixe menu, usually three-courses; an appetizer, main, and dessert. It is preferred that you offer a meat and a vegetarian or vegan option.
How many portions will I sell?
We have been doing an average of 50-60 portions, but numbers can vary a LOT from night to night (from less than 20 to more than 90). We can provide updates as orders come in, and will provide the final count the night before, when we close online ordering at 10pm.
What am I responsible for?
You are responsible for supplying all the ingredients, and making sure the food is ready on time. You will also need to provide a description of your meal, a detailed menu, a short bio, and ideally a picture that gives some idea what your dish looks like.
What does the revenue look like?
Meals sell for $48 for 2p & $90 for 4p. 60% of sales goes to the chef + 1/2 of any tips.
When should the food be ready?
Orders are picked up at The Dep between 6PM and 7:30PM. You should aim to try and have all cooking done by 5pm so that the final hour can be spent focussing on packaging up all the food.
What does The Dep provide?
The Dep provides our kitchen on the day of your event, packaging for the meals, and a hand getting everything packed up in time for the 6pm pick up, as well as marketing and promotional support for your event.
When can I get into the kitchen?
The kitchen is available to you any time on the day of your event, and under exceptional circumstances, additional time can be negotiated.
How do I sign up for a date?
You can request dates by filling out THIS FORM, and selecting from listed available dates. Dates are offered on a first come, first served basis, and often fill up quickly. Once you have made a request, we will be in touch to confirm.
What if there are no dates available on the form?
If there are no dates listed on the form, it means that all slots are filled, and we are not yet scheduling for the set of dates. You can still submit the form with just your email address, and we will be in touch when new dates open up.
What information do you need from me?
Once you have a date confirmed, we will request the following information from you:
- Menu Title
- Menu description (a few sentences about your concept, you connection to, or your inspiration for the menu)
- Names of dishes and descriptions (describe the dish and include the main ingredients)
- A short bio
- A photo that represents one of the key dishes
Can I see examples of past pick up dinners?
Yes! You can look at any of the many previous Pick Up Dinners to get a sense of the kind of menus/detail we are looking for.
I submitted a recipe to be considered for the cookbook, is this related?
Maybe! We have not started reviewing submissions or selecting dishes for the cookbook yet. If you submitted a recipe and then schedule a pick up dinner, we will be in touch about possible options. If one of your recipes is selected for the book, we may want to use your pick up dinner as an opportunity to photograph the dish.
What if I still have questions?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org