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TABLE TALK: Joshna Maharaj on Take Back The Tray

April 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join local food maverick Joshna Maharaj for a lively discussion about Take Back the Tray, a movement to reconnect food with health, wellness, education, and rehabilitation in public institutions around the globe. And it’s a story about how a chef took on the challenge of showing how we can create better food — and better food practices — for our public institutions.

“My big dream for institutional menus is that they’re seasonal, sustainable, diverse, AND inclusive. It’s a nice thought, but how do you actually pull this off? Join me for a conversation about the challenge of managing competing values while trying to serve the most wholesome, delicious food possible in hospitals and universities.”

Dinner by Len Senater
Tonight’s menu features dishes inspired by recipes developed by Joshna to show how decent, scratch-made food using fresh, local ingredients and diverse flavours can still meet the challenging and often competing priorities of a hospital environment.

Tunisian Brik Pastries • Moroccan Chicken & Lentils • Sauteed Greens • Minted Cucumber Salad • Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting
#vegan & #GF options available

#GF #vegan options available

Doors open at 6pm, talk starts at 7pm
Includes dinner and coffee or tea. Dessert is available a la carte.
$35 (includes HST)


Joshna Maharaj is a chef, a two-time TEDx speaker, & activist who wants to help everyone have a better relationship with their food. She believes strongly in the power of chefs & social gastronomy to bring values of hospitality, sustainability, & social justice to the table.

Joshna is a regular guest on CBC Radio, and a passionate public speaker. She was on the shortlist for the inaugural Basque Culinary World Prize in 2016, and received Restaurants Canada’s award of Culinary Excellence in 2018.

Recently, Joshna has been working with hospitals & universities in Toronto  to build new models for institutional food procurement, production and service. She is currently writing a book to capture the lessons and experience and create a shareable blueprint for changing institutional food systems around the globe.

www.joshnamaharaj.com  |  @joshnamaharaj, @takebackthetray, @hotplatepod

This Table Talk is presented in collaboration with Artery
Every space is a stage. Artery lets anyone bring creative experiences to life, in places you may not expect.

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.
Find out more on Table Talks at The Depanneur



April 2, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Depanneur


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