Ever wonder what a lifetime spent in pursuit of great food tastes like? Now there’s a chance to find out. Chefs John Bela and Coleman Baslaw are lifers; a combined 30+ years of nothing but dedication to food. Now they’ve joined forces to form Kitchen Kings to bring their lifelong obsession to the good people of the GTA.
One of their specialties is catering intimate, elegant dinner parties with an eye to seasonal and local ingredients, which is very fortuitous, since The Depanneur is a venue designed for exactly that.
Amuse: White Bean and Corn Cannoli with tomato and herb salad
First Course: Roasted Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Ravioli with Frangelico butter sauce and toasted hazelnuts
Second Course: White Wine Roasted Multi-Coloured Beets with blue cheese cream and pistachio vinaigrette
Main: Caribbean Stew; premium Ontario beef braised with a mix of local and tropical vegetables in a spiced coconut milk broth, served with bacon and chile cornbread muffins
Dessert: Your choice of White Chocolate Pecan Bread Pudding or Double Espresso Chocolate Torte
B.Y.O.B — no corkage fee
Chef Coleman Baslaw travelled the world in pursuit of food. From banana farming in Israel to being a personal chef in Switzerland to fishing and farming in Japan, Chef Coleman’s obsession with amazing food has been his compass. His extensive professional experience has ranged from server, prep cook, short order cook and line cook to BBQ Grill Master, personal Chef and high-end caterer.
Chef John Bela is a veteran professional caterer and food educator. Chef John apprenticed under Master Chef Manny Brasil at Old Valhalla Inn before establishing his own catering company, The Seasoned Gourmet, in 2002. He also enjoys leading cooking workshops around the city and cultivating his expertise in “Continental Fusion”-inspired cooking.
Coleman and John are partners in Kitchen Kings, a versatile new mobile Personal Chef Service that offers in-house catering, prepared meals, elegant dinner parties, and corporate culinary events.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites a guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.