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COMMUNAL PICNIC: Mexican Picnic | Erika Araujo

August 21, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Depanneur + The Bentway Communal Picnics 2022
Pick-up picnics in the heart of the city.

SUN Aug 21 • The Bentway Studio at Canoe Landing • 6-7pm

Pre-order online until FRI Aug 19, 10pm

Mexican culture has a profoundly long history, with settlements reaching back to 10,000 BCE, and a pre-Hispanic agricultural legacy contemporaneous with ancient Egyptians. This rich and ancient tradition, combined with centuries of Spanish colonial influence, has evolved into the full glory of contemporary Mexican cuisine. Tonight Chef Erika Araujo of Ixiim prepares a selection of classic Mexican dishes from, a colourful and flavourful picnic perfect for a warm summer night.

This creamy Mexican corn salad is the easy-to-eat version of elotes, the BBQ’d corn on the cob that’s a popular street-side snack throughout Mexico, garnished with mayo, lime and tajin, the classic tangy-spicy seasoning.

Tinga Tostadas
Tostadas are the crunchy, open-face cousins of tacos; crispy fried corn tortillas layered with flavourful spreads, savoury protein and colourful garnishes for a perfect bocadillo (little snack/mouthful). Tonight’s DIY kits come with Tinga de Pollo, a classic recipe from Puebla; shredded chicken in a spicy sauce of tomatoes, onions and smoky chipotle en adobo, ready to be topped with all the fixings: crunchy corn tostadas, refried beans, crumbled cotija cheese, crema, lime, and salsa. Served with a side of Mexican rice.

Also available vegetarian: with jamaica (hibiscus flower) tinga

Torta de Tres Leches
A popular dessert in Mexico City: rich golden sponge cake soaked with evaporated and sweetened condensed milk, topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.


Chicken, Vegetarian, or 1/2+1/2
Mexican Picnic for 2 $59 • for 4 $109 • for 6 $159


Erika Araujo is a trained nurse in Mexico who found her passion for Gastronomy once she emigrated to Canada. She completed the Culinary program at Humber College, and since then she has been tirelessly promoting Mexican culture and cuisine through her brand Ixiim. Recently she joined forces with Chocosol to showcase their artisanal Mexican corn products. @ixiimcanada

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 Picnic FAQs


August 21, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


The Depanneur


The Bentway Studio
55 Fort York Blvd
Toronto, Ontario M5V 4B3 Canada
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