Every once and a while, The Depanneur breaks from our more casual, family-style dinner parties and offers a truly exceptional fine dining experience showcasing the talents of a veteran chef; this is one of those times. Chef Michael Kirkwood earned his chops over two decades working many of Toronto’s top kitchens. Tonight he presents an exquisite late fall tasting menu that celebrates the finest local, seasonal ingredients brought to life by talented and expert hand.
Roast butternut squash and apple bisque
with chestnuts, porcini, smoked apple chips
Braised pork belly
with barley risotto, black kale, roasted quince
Cognac cured halibut
with shaved fennel salad, lavender soubise
Leek ash ravioli
with braised lamb neck, chevre and sage, celeriac froth, spruce tips
Pheasant breast “Forestiere”
with escargot, wild mushroom, black walnuts, smoked kinome
with whipped mascarpone and gooseberry chutney
Chef Michael Kirkwood grew up in Ajax, Ontario where his appreciation for food and local ingredients flourished at a young age. Inspired by his parents’ gourmet interests, he began working in local restaurants as a teenager where his passion for cooking grew. He then went on to study culinary arts in Toronto at George Brown College, and has since established his reputation in several of Toronto’s top kitchens, including Avalon, Toro, Opus, and Turf Lounge.
Chef Michael now runs the Birchwood Kitchen, a mobile culinary studio providing cooking classes for both children and adults, as well as private seasonal tastings and small event catering.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites an amateur or professional guest chef to host a fun, informal BYOB dinner party.