One of life’s great joys is to sit down at a big table at the height of the harvest season and enjoy a fabulous spread of delicious food. For this celebration of the season, join veteran Chef Michael Kirkwood for the ultimate fall feast and indulge in all the bounty that our amazing local farms have to offer. This promises to be a big, raucous, family-style dinner with everything served in platters and bowls for sharing — like dinner at Grandma’s, if Grandma had been professional chef in Toronto’s top fine dining kitchens for more than 25 years
Artisanal greens with goat’s cheese, strawberries, walnuts
Beef short ribs, slow-braised for 24 hours in red wine, with a hint of dark chocolate
Roasted brussel sprouts with double smoked bacon
Spaghetti squash with maple and arugula
Potato and Granny Smith apple pavé
Vanilla Pavlova with whipped mascarpone, lemon curd, burnt marshmallow
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.
Micheal is currently the Executive Chef of Holt Renfrew at Yorkdale where he continues to educate and inspire through his signature Luxury Canadian style, emphasizing local, seasonal ingredients with modern preparation and elegant presentation.
Chef Michael also 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.