Canada Day means many things to many people — a long weekend, fireworks, waving flags — but this feels like a narrow way to celebrate the place where we live. This day affords us an opportunity to reflect upon our intimate relationship to the land that sustains us and the people who first inhabited it; to delve into a truly Canadian concept of terroir – the unique flavour of this place – we need to embrace and celebrate our First Nations culinary patrimony.
To this end, I have invited Chefs Taylor Parker and Adam Ward for our third annual Canada 1500 — a Canada Day dinner that explores the possibilities of a fine dining rooted in indigenous tradition. Their elegant 6-course tasting menu celebrates local and foraged ingredients, their deep connection to First Nations foodways, to our land and our shared heritage.
3 Sisters Soup
Lyed Flint Corn/Kidney Bean/Butternut Squash
Wild Plum/Sweet Onion/Fingerling Potatoes
Wild Foraged Mushroom/ Puffed Wild Rice/ Acorn Squash
Taylor Parker is from Six Nations Native Reserve in Ontario where he inherited an extensive knowledge of native plants and foraged foodstuffs from his parents. Taylor has spent much of his professional life working in a diverse range of professional kitchens. Taylor currently runs MT Hospitality Ltd. where he enjoys bringing like-minded Chefs together to feed our neighbours.
Affectionately known as “Cookie”, Adam Ward’s career started in his home town of Cambridge, Ontario. After seventeen years he now freelances, providing services to various catering companies. With a focus on respect and ethical sustainability of local ingredients, Adam continues to grow as a Chef.
The Depanneur is located directly above Garrison Creek, part of the historical territory of the Huron-Wendat, Petun, Seneca and, most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit Indigenous peoples. This territory is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the lands and resources around the Great Lakes.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites a guest chef to host a fun, family-style dinner party.
Learn more about the Rusholme Park Supper Club