The Depanneur + The Bentway Communal Dinners 2022
Family-style dining in a unique urban setting, Communal Dinners are seated, family-style meals, served and shared at 10 tables of 6, where you bring your own plates and cutlery.
THU Jul 28 • Strachan Gate at The Bentway • 6pm
Pre-order online until TUE July 26, 10pm
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.
Cornbread with Sides
At the iconic Creole restaurant Dookie Chase in New Orleans, it’s traditional to begin a meal with cornbread and a selection of spreads. Tonight homemade Southern-style cornbread is paired with a smoked mango and yellow pepper jelly brightened with sour orange, tartinade d’avocats, a creamy, spicy blend of avocado and scotch bonnet, and epis butter, a classic French compound butter built around the traditional Haitian seasoning blend of peppers, garlic and herbs.
Poul Ak Kalalou
(Braised Chicken with Okra and Andouille Scented Rice)
A play on the flavours of Creole Gumbo and Haitian Poul ak Sos (stewed chicken). Citrus-marinated chicken legs braised in a spicy tomato based liquid and finished with whole okra to add body to the sauce. Served with rice cooked in the renderings of smoked Cajun andouille sausage.
(Smothered Cauliflower with Black Eyed Peas and Brown Rice)
Étouffée — French for ‘smothered’ —is a rich, often spicy stew that show its French roots through the use of a nutty, golden roux (a paste of flour cooked in oil or butter). Here cauliflower, originally from Europe, meets black-eyed peas, an ingredient brought to the New World by enslaved Africans, in a lush fresh tomato-based sauce, smothered over toothsome brown rice.
Corassol Ice Cream Sandwiches
Fragrant, tropical soursop is the star in this double-churned homemade ice cream, sandwiched between rich, spiced ‘Maria’ cookies
Meat, Vegetarian or 1/2+1/2
Creole vs Kreyól Dinner
$69 for 2 • $129 for 4 • for 6 $189
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Chef Daniel Holloway is a professional chef who, together with partner Marie Fitrion, founded Urban Acorn in 2012 to pursue innovative plant-forward connections between food and community. @urbanacornca @chefholloway @voodoohaggis
Chef Marc Kusitor, a George Brown culinary grad, is interested in exploring the possibilities in the space between tradition and innovation in Afro-Caribbean cuisine. @choptimecatering
Pay It Forward
At check out, you will be given the opportunity to contribute towards our Pay It Forward program to create fresh meals for the The Fort York-Spadina Community Care Program. For every Pay It Forward meal purchased, The Depanneur and The Bentway will match funds to provide a second meal to double the impact of your generosity.