My nieces, Lucy & Grace, enjoying an ice cream out front
Lesley & Sara embracing the classic diner waitress vibe
Ginger Dean hosted brunch and many, many Drop-In Dinners in the early days of The Dep; occasionally her twin sister Yvonne would pop in to help, and it was always a bit trippy to watch them cook in sync.
Jonna Pederson was not only our ace brunchatrix for a while, but was also a Korean food wiz, having lived there for many years. Here she is going full Dexter on a batch of kimchi
Dougie Kerr painting The Dep window. Dougie was one of the sign painters for Honest Ed’s, whose iconic signage was a cherished bit of Toronto heritage.
Quinn Cruise, with her mom. Quinn went on to represent Canada at the International Deaf Culinary Olympics.
Cook, musician and activist Kalmplex preparing an Ital (a Rastifarian version of veganism) meal
Sidney Littleton hitching a ride in Celine, The Dep’s late Montrealaise Depanneur delivery bike.
My sister, Stephanie, pretending to cook at her birthday
My dear friends Abel & Nicky cooking up a Cuban feast
Margret Hefner, an expert in Mexican fruits & vegetables, goofing around.
Danielle Mitrovic was one of the loveliest people to ever work FOH at The Dep, and not to shabby in the kitchen either, especially when preparing
Maria Rozynska was a school teacher with a love of food. Here’s she’s making sausage from scratch for a night of Berlin-style curry wurst with her chum Agata. Maria eventual left teaching to start her own cooking school, Just Be Cooking.
Gervais Nash bringing in a haul of organic tomatoes from Grant McPhereson’s Pairie Boy Farm
Celebrity Chef Eddie Huang of Huang’s World visited The Dep for his episode on Toronto’s food scene.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with Esmaeel Aboufakher and Rahaf Alakbani of Newcomer Kitchen
A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony
Sara Lapell of Nice Buns was a tremendously talented baker, and neighbour
Lisa Kates (left) was a mentor and inspiration from the very outset of The Dep. She went on to co-found an amazing food charity, Building Roots, which aims to address food insecurity in some of Toronto’s most underserved neighbourhoods. Her whole family is into food; here her two daughters joined her in the kitchen.