The Depanneur + The Bentway Communal Table 2023
Family-style dining in a unique urban setting. Communal Tables are seated, family-style meals, served and shared at 10 tables of 6, where you bring your own plates and cutlery.
THU June 29 | O Canada | Newcomer Kitchen
Strachan Gate at The Bentway • 6pm • Pre-order online until TUE June 27
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.
Newcomer Kitchen’s cohorts are made up of women from around the world who have come together to share their foods and cultures with Toronto. These ladies are excited to create a truly international meal just in time for Canada Day — a celebration of what makes this country home for so many.
Newcomer Kitchen’s latest group of ladies hails from India, Morocco and Eritrea, so expect an eclectic and delicious culinary adventure. Menu details will be posted closer to the date
Eritrean Himbasha (ሕምባሻ) with Data’aa green hot sauce (ዳጣ) V
Himbasha is a traditional Eritrean flatbread served with a spicy blend of chilis, garlic, ginger, and cilantro.
Asmait says “I like himbasha because most of the time it is baked on special occasions. Spicy data’aa is a must have at a table in Eritrea.”
Moroccan Zaalouk (Eggplant dip) V | GF
Warm combination of eggplant, tomatoes, and classic North African spices.
Khadija says “My grandmother, she was the best cook and used to prepare this dish every week.”
Indian Onion Pakora (piaji) V | GF
Crispy, crunchy and tasty fritters made with onions, chickpeas, lentils, herbs and spices.
Sucharita says “These are the yummiest snacks; the smell is so good that it can make your mouth water.” Try this with spicy data’aa!
Punjabi Lemon Pepper Chicken (ਪੰਜਾ ਬੀ ਨਿੰ ਬੂ ਮਿ ਰਚ ਚਿ ਕਨ) GF
Melt-in-your-mouth halal chicken thigh pieces with a lemony and peppery kick.
Harpreet says “It’s my mom’s recipe; she used to make this dish on weekends especially during our summer breaks”.
Moroccan Mixed Vegetable Tagine V | GF
Steamed seasonal vegetables, chickpeas and olives slowly cooked in a spiced broth.
Khadija says “My mom used to cook it for me and my siblings when we were children.”
Indian Watermelon and Cucumber Salad with Black Salt V | GF
Refreshing and juicy, with a sprinkling of distinctive black salt.
Sayani says “A simple summer salad that is fresh and colourful.”
Indian Jeera Rice V I GF
Basmati rice is flavoured with spices, cumin seeds and bay leaves.
Madhuri says “”I like this dish. The aroma is truly tempting and delicious.”
Indian Kulfi Bites with Fresh Strawberries V | GF
Cool and creamy frozen treats made with coconut milk blended with fresh Ontario strawberry purée.
Sayani says “My mom used to make kulfi during summer holidays.”
Meat or Vegetarian
Newcomer Kitchen Dinner
Newcomer Kitchen is a Toronto-based nonprofit organization that seeks to create social and economic opportunity for newcomer women through food-based projects. Their ‘Willing to Work” food entrepreneurship training program is now in its fifth year and has help launch multiple food businesses led by newcomer women. A federally-funded pilot project, the women in the program share 100% of the proceeds from the sales of their food to the public.
Pay It Forward
At check out, you will be invited to optionally contribute towards our Pay It Forward initiative. Pay it Forward funds go to Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin (They Feed the People) to support the food security needs of vulnerable persons in Toronto’s Indigenous community.