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COMMUNAL PICNIC: Pinoy Picnic | Maria Polotan

July 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

⚠️ NEW DATE: Sunday, July 3 ⚠️

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

SUN Jul 3 • The Bentway Studio at Canoe Landing • 6-7pm

Pre-order online until FRI June 31, 10pm

The Philippines is an archipelago of thousands of islands, with hundreds of unique and distinctive local cultures, along with a complex and multicultural history profoundly influenced by Chinese, Malay, Spanish and American cultures. Yet some dishes, like adobo, have become beloved classics and are likely to be found in Filipino homes across the country. Tonight Maria Polotan of Mama Linda’s shares some of these traditional Filippino favourites incorporating fresh, local ingredients.

Corn and Black Bean Empanaditas
These “little empanadas” are a favourite hand pie in the Philippines, one can find them everywhere from street food vendors to elite social gatherings. This version features a thin, baked wheat pastry filled with fresh Ontario corn and black beans stewed in fresh tomato sauce with garlic, onion, coriander, cumin and lime, and served with a cilantro dipping sauce.

Adobo sa Gata (meat)
A coconut milk-infused stew with chicken & pork slowly cooked with garlic, soy sauce, coconut and sugarcane vinegars, black pepper, and bay leaf.
Adobong Tokwa at Kabute (vegan)
Shiitake mushroom, tofu and Asian greens braised in classic adobo seasonings.

Served with steamed bok choy, white jasmine rice and achara, a tangy pickle of green papaya, carrot, onion, garlic, and ginger.

A sticky and sweet rice cake topped with latik, a gooey coconut-caramel glaze.

Meat, Vegetarian or 1/2+1/2
Pinoy Communal Picnic
$59 for 2  • $109 for 4  • for 6 $159


Maria Lourdes Polotan grew up in a family where food played a central part on how life was celebrated; the kitchen was where the family congregated and her mother presided. Maria has begun to share sharing her passion for food by cooking for others through her new catering project Mama Linda’s, offering traditional Filipino home cooking with quality local ingredients at pop-up events, catering and at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market in the summer. @mamalindasto

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


July 3, 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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