In a city of immigrants, one of the most significant communities who moved here is a nestled into another community, and often hidden from view. It is the Montreal Jewish diaspora in exile, who began moving west down the 401 in the mid 1970’s, and continue to this day.
Numbering tens of thousands of individuals, and their descendants, the Montreal Jewish diaspora’s tastes have shaped the flavour of Jewish Toronto and beyond, with their bagels and smoked meat, first and foremost. But like so many diasporas hungry for a taste of home, there is a longing for the real geshmacht feel of the homeland so near, and yet so far.
Join David Sax, journalist and author of books on Jewish delis, food trends, and chronicler of immigrant foodways (and the Toronto born child of that first wave of Montreal Jews) as well as The Depanneur’s owner Len Senater as they discuss this community’s desire to recreate the taste of a home so close, and yet so far.
Table Talks include a seasonal meal prepared by The Depanneur founder Len Senater.
A selection of Jewish Deli classics – beet borscht with a hot potato, sour cream & dill; the holy trinity of bar mitzvah catering: egg salad, tuna salad & chopped liver (or amazing vegan versions of these dishes. really.), a kosher pickle, and your choice of fresh light rye, challah, bagel or GF matzoh. Montreal-style sweet cheese bageleh for dessert.
#vegetarian, #vegan and/or #glutenfree options will be available.
Doors open at 6pm, dinner/talk/activities starts at 7pm promptly, so please try and arrive by 6:30.
$25 (+HST) — includes dinner, and coffee or tea
Every month The Depanneur invites a local food personality to talk about something that interests them while Dep founder Len Senater cooks dinner for everyone.
This Table Talk is presented in collaboration with Artery
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