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COMMUNAL DINNER: Mama’s Cuisine | Newcomer Kitchen

June 30, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Depanneur + The Bentway Communal Dinners 2022
Family-style communal dining in a unique urban setting

THU Jun 30 • Strachan Gate at The Bentway • 6pm

Pre-order online until TUE June 28, 10pm

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.

Green Pea Kachoris
In India these spiced fried spheres of delicate dough are stuffed with green peas, poho (a kind of flattened rice) and a myriad of spices, served with tamarind dip and cilantro chutney.

Kibbeh bil Sayniyeh (beef -or- veg)
This kibbeh ‘pie’ is a longstanding tradition in the Middle East. A firm dough made from cracked wheat bulgar is layered with ground beef fried with almonds and spices -or- a mix of sweet potato, grilled onions and walnuts. It is then set in large, round pans and cut into complex geometric patterns before baking.

Grilled Market Veggies with Spiced Lentils
Fresh, local summer vegetables garnished with spiced lentils.

Egyptian Rice Pilaf
An elegant dish of medium grain Calrose rice, cooked with vegetables stock and studded with almonds and raisins.

These homemade Indian-style flatbreads will prepared on a traditional saj cooker on site!

Salateh Malfouf
A cool, refreshing Egyptian shredded cabbage coleslaw, jewelled with pomegranate seeds, dressed with olive oil, garlic, and lemon.

A traditional Palestinian semolina cake made with shredded coconut and a delicately scented sugar syrup.

Meat, Vegetarian or 1/2+1/2
Mama’s Cuisine Communal Dinner
$69 for 2  • $129 for 4  • for 6 $189


Newcomer Kitchen is a Toronto-based nonprofit organization that seeks to create social and economic opportunity for newcomer women through food-based projects. Our ‘Willing to Work” food entrepreneurship training program is now in its fourth year and has launched multiple women into their own food businesses. A federally funded pilot project, the women in the program share 100% of the proceeds from the sales of their food to the public. newcomerkitchen.ca

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.

2022 Communal Dinner FAQs


June 30, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Depanneur


The Bentway
250 Fort York Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K9 Canada
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(416) 304-0222