Paella is the quintessential Spanish food of celebrations. Originating in Valencia, but with countless regional variations, this classic rice dish has five key ingredients: Spanish short-grain “Bomba” rice, saffron, pimentón (Spanish paprika), olive oil and the paellera, the wide, shallow, purpose-built pan from which the dish gets its name. Join José Arato, owner and Head Chef of Pimentón, for an elegant Spanish meal around this signature dish.
Tapas are the selection of small shared appetizers that are prologue to many Spanish meals, enjoyed with friends over drinks.
Pan Tumaca | a kind of Catalan bruschetta, Pan con Tomate is ubiquitous in Spain, with many local variations, but always featuring crusty bread, juicy tomatoes and good quality olive oil;
Pimientos de Padron | a very popular Spanish tapas of thin-skinned green Galician Padron peppers sauteed in olive oil and sprinkled with salt; fresh Asian Shishito peppers make a very close substitute and are more readily available in Toronto.
Spicy Marinated Olives | a selection of Spanish olives marinated with spices, lemon and garlic.
Chicken & Seafood Paella
This slightly non-traditional twist on paella features both fresh chicken and a mix of shrimp and mussels, with a sofrito base of red peppers, green beans, garlic, tomato, parsley, cooked with short-grain Spanish Bomba rice in a pimentón and saffron-infused chicken stock.
Artichoke & Mozzarella Salad
A crisp, refreshing romaine lettuce salad garnished with marinated artichokes and fresh mozzarella, with a lemon, thyme, pepper & olive oil dressing.
A popular Spanish dessert similar to crème caramel, it is an impressively rich cream & egg custard inverted to reveal the golden caramel that has formed at the bottom.
Chef José Arato is the owner and Head Chef at Pimenton, a Toronto catering and gourmet food project specializing in Spanish and Mediterranean fine food. Along with paella, tapas and moroccan cooking classes, Pimentón has a stand at the Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market where you can experience Jose’s Mediterranean flavours every weekend.
Every weekend The Depanneur invites an amateur or professional guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.