Since 2015, The Dep’s Table Talks have showcased the myriad ideas that intersect with the world of food, with more than 65 speakers reflecting the incredible diversity of knowledge and expertise in Toronto’s culinary community.
Now The Dep leaps into the virtual with our first online Table Talk, featuring short presentations, a panel discussion, and Q &A exploring the culinary, cultural, musical, religious and philosophical facets of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish “New Year”.
The talk will be accompanied by a delicious Rosh Hashanah Pick-Up Dinner by The Dep’s resident vegan maven, Emily Zimmerman, available earlier in the evening, featuring a creative, plant-based seasonal menu inspired by Ashkenazi and Sephardic culinary traditions.
(NB: The Pick-Up Dinner & Table Talk are independent; you can participate in one, or the other, or both).
Then join us for a fascinating exploration of the incredibly rich, layered and diverse traditions that make up this important Jewish celebration. (Teaser: did you know that Rosh Hashanah is considered anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve?)
Tobaron Waxman: Motifs and Mysticism of Rosh Hashanah
Tobaron will outline some of the fundamental ideas of Rosh Hashanah, as well as a few poetic, musical and mystical theme associated with this holiday, including a blowing of the shofar (an ancient instrument made from a ram’s horn).
Tobaron is a critically acclaimed interdisciplinary artist and curator, working between Brooklyn and Toronto. Traditionally trained in cantorial music and ultra-orthodox Judaism, Tobaron also leads the Trans Collections at The Arquives, and is the founder/artistic director of the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency.
Emily Zimmerman: Communal Meals as Healing Rituals
Emily looks at defeating collective trauma through good food and community care. (‘Cause, damn, couldn’t we all really use a sweet year?).
Emily is a chef, community worker, and food justice activist. She comes from a large family of loudmouthed, pinko-commie, Brooklyn Jews, who relocated to Toronto 50 years ago, but still root for the Mets.
Sharoni Sibony: The Rise of the Rosh Hashanah Seder
Sharoni explores the role that symbolic foods play in the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, in particular the influence of Sephardi culture and Moroccan customs.
Sharoni is a Jewish studies educator/lecturer who has worked with numerous Jewish cultural organizations & festivals in TO.
Ruth Bretholz: Roots & Recipes, Food & Family
Ruth, who is working on a cookbook of Jewish family recipes, will look at some of the origins and legacies of dishes that have been passed down through generations.
Ruth is passionate about cooking and her Jewish heritage; as an educator and an artist she is interested in communal cooking, learning new recipes and connecting to her roots.
Note: This will be a ‘virtual’ event using the Zoom video conferencing platform.