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COMMUNAL PICNIC: Palestinian Picnic | Mary Freij

August 28, 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 28 • The Bentway Studio at Canoe Landing • 6-7pm

Pre-order online until FRI Aug 26, 10pm

In so many of the world’s culinary tractions, delicious food and their warm memories are the domain of grandmothers. Chef Mary Freij’s newest project, Teta’s Kitchen is an homage to those recipes, connecting Mary to her Palestinian and Lebanese roots, and sharing the stories and flavours from her family’s kitchen.

Mutabal Shawandar
A luscious, bright pink dip of roasted beets, garlic, tahini, lemon and olive oil, served with crispy pita chips.

Arayes (beef or vegetarian)
A Lebanese street-food favourite, these thin pita breads are stuffed with a filling of seasoned ground beef, onions and parsley -or- halloumi cheese, black olives & mint pesto, before being grilled, Served with some fresh vegetable crudités, pickles and a tahini dipping sauce.

Batata Harra
Literally “spicy potatoes” in Arabic, this popular potato dish is the perfect accompaniment for these tasty grilled sandwiches. Potatoes roasted in olive oil, tossed with garlic, chili and salt, along with some chili pepper, cilantro and splash of pomegranate molasses.

Strawberry Riz bi Haleeb
Rice is popular throughout the Middle East, and where you find rice, you usually find rice pudding. This cool, creamy combines rice, milk, sugar, a touch of rosewater and fresh strawberries for a real summer treat.

Meat, Vegetarian or 1/2+1/2 (1 meat + 1 veg)
Palestinian Picnic
$59 for 2  • $109 for 4  • for 6 $159


Mary Freij is a food entrepreneur who has traveled the world in search of amazing culinary experiences. She is the founder of tastecapade.com, a marketplace for culinary activities. She is also a passionate cook, she started her culinary career working full time as a cook and hosting pop-up food events, including the former Mazeh Brunch at The Depanneur and Mazeh take out kisok at the Gould St Global Market (now closed). She recently ventured into opening a new IndoLab concept called Teta’s Kitchen in North York.

@tastecapade | @tetaskitchen.ca | tetaskitchen.com

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 28, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Depanneur


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