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March 2021

PICK-UP DINNER: Ind-talian by Ketan Dongre

March 17 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Mar 16, 10pm Pick up on WED Mar 17, 6-7:30pm Both India and Italy are renowned for their diverse and refined cuisines, and the never-ending flow of culinary ideas around the globe have brought pastas to the subcontinent and curries to Europe. But intrepid chefs like Ketan Dongre are combining their background and professional expertise to bring these flavours and ingredients together in new and unexpected ways. For this dinner he fuses classic Italian comfort food…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Tunis by the Sea by Dali Chehimi

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Mar 18, 10pm Pick up on FRI Mar 19, 6-7:30pm Long-time Dep favourite, Chef Dali Chehimi brings his traditional Tunisian favourites to the table for a delicious taste of the Casbah! Tunisian cuisine features all the hallmarks of delicious North African food: complex spices, lush combinations of sweet, savoury and spicy, Mediterranean ingredients and a hint of French colonial influence. ----- Omek Houria This beloved Tunisian recipe — the name literally means your mother (omek), the…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Filippino Favourites by Maria Polotan

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Mar 23, 10pm Pick up on WED Mar 24, 6-7:30pm The food of the Philippines is complex: as diverse as the more than 100 ethnic groups that populate its 7600+ islands, and overlaid with centuries of Chinese, Southeast Asian, Spanish, and American influences. Tonight’s menu by Maria Polotan incorporates local ingredients into traditional Filippino recipes. ----- Corn & Black Bean Empanada (V) Empanadas are little pastry turnovers that can be found nearly anywhere Spanish culture has…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Ayam Goreng – Indonesian Fried Chicken by Elita

March 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Mar 30, 10pm Pick up on WED Mar 31, 6-7:30pm With more than 17,000 islands populated by more than 300 different ethnic groups, Indonesian cuisine has incredible breadth, depth and variety. Home of the original “Spice Islands”, Indonesia has been a culinary destination for centuries, sharing spices like nutmeg and clove with the rest of the world while absorbing and reimagining Indian, Chinese, Arabic, Thai and Dutch influences. Indonesian food boasts many unique flavours, textures and…

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April 2021

PICK-UP DINNER: Vegan Passover by Emily Zimmerman

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Apr 1, 10pm Pick up on FRI Apr 2, 6-7:30pm If you’ve never been to a Seder, or you’ve been to too many boring ones, then Emily Zimmerman’s fresh, dun and vegan spin on classic Jewish holiday dishes is for you. For over 3000 years, Jews have celebrated Pesach (Passover), a commemoration of the story of Exodus, the liberation of the Jewish people by Moses from centuries of slavery under the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. Over the…

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PICK-UP DINNER: A Taste of Afghanistan by Frishta Ghafoori

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Apr 6, 10pm Pick up on WED Apr 7, 6-7:30pm For two millennia, Afghanistan was the place where important trade routes between India, China, the Middle East and Europe converged. Marco Polo crossed the country en route to China; Arab travellers and the British passed through on their way to India. A rich culture took hold at this crossroads, and with it a varied cuisine that has survived centuries of war, invasion and internal upheaval. Afghan…

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PICK-UP DINNER: French Fusion Beer Bistro by Francoise Briet

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Apr 8, 10pm Pick up on FRI Apr 9, 6-7:30pm Over the past two decades, craft breweries have elevated beers from the world of keg parties & sporting events onto a level playing field with fine wines. Join French Chef Francoise Briet, for a unique menu showcasing a range of locally craft beer and apple cider through her modern and creative French bistro cuisine. ----- Lyonnaise Warm Cabbage Salad A gourmet, warm winter salad of finely…

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PICK-UP DINNER: ‘Ono Hawaii by Big E Hawaiian Grinds

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Apr 13, 10pm Pick up on WED Apr 14, 6-7:30pm Erwin Joaquin presents a night of traditional Hawaiian flavours with a bit of local Toronto flair. Elements of traditional Pacific Island cuisines mix with Asian and American influences for a real taste of Hawaii in the 6ix. —— Beet Poke Poke — the Hawaiian take on sashimi that became a global food fad — gets a creative, plant-based makeover. Beets marinated in shoyu soy sauce and sweet…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Sayadieh Iftar by Mary Freij

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Apr 15, 10pm Pick up on FRI Apr 16, 6-7:30pm All around the world, muslims are celebration the month of Ramadan with fasting, prayers and fabulous late-night meals known as the Ifthar (“break-fast”). Chef Mary Freij, drawing on her Palestinian and Lebanese heritage, has put together a delicious menu of Middle Eastern dishes that would be at home on many an Ifthar table. Join us for a taste of this delicious tradition. —— Mutabal A luscious,…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Jamaican Me Hungry by Chef Billy Bass

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Apr 20, 10pm Pick up on WED Apr 21, 6-7:30pm African traditions, Indian spices, and tropical ingredients all go into making Jamaican food a culinary treasure that is beloved around the world. Chef Billy Bass brings his Caribbean roots to the table with this hearty meal of Jamaican-inspired recipes, including his signature charcoal-grilled Jerk chicken. ----- Pumpkin Soup A hearty vegetable soup loaded with pumpkin and provisions — Caribbean staples like yam, potatoes, green banana & carrots…

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PICK UP DINNER: Khaleeji – Flavours of the Arab Peninsula by Abeda Oturkar

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Apr 22, 10pm Pick up on FRI Apr 23, 6-7:30pm Countries of the Eastern Arabian Peninsula — United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman — share a similar dialect of Arabic, have similar customs and dress, as well a distinctive style of cooking known as Khaleeji (“Gulf”) cuisine. As coastal dwellers with maritime trades like boat building, fishing and pearl diving, fish naturally figures prominently. But their participation in the lucrative global spice trade (and later, oil)…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Livin’ la Vida Taco by Paola Solorzano

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Apr 27, 10pm Pick up on WED Apr 28, 6-7:30pm It's been almost a decade since Paola Solorzano and Adriana Pelayo Rubio first started showcasing their amazing, authentic Mexican food in Toronto. Starting out modestly in the Dep’s rental kitchen, they did scores of food festivals, pop-ups and drop-ins before setting up Santo Pecado Mexican Catering in its new home on St. Clair Ave. Since then their spectacular signature taco bars have graced many Toronto weddings…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Almost Romanian by Raluca Cojocariu

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Apr 29, 10pm Pick up on FRI Apr 30, 6-7:30pm Romanian cuisine, like Romania itself, is a combination of influences: Balkan, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian all layered on top of a history stretching back to the Roman Empire from which it gets its name. Romanian emigre Raluca Cojocariu has pursued many diverse culinary interests, personally and professionally, but this menu is inspired by family and friends' recipes; a personal collection of edible memories. But, just like memories, they…

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May 2021

PICK-UP DINNER: Syrian Dinner by Rahaf Alakbani

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE May 4, 10pm Pick up on WED May 5, 6-7:30pm In early 2016, The Dep extended an invitation to Rahaf Alkabani, and her partner Esmaeel, to bring a group of newly-arrived Syrian women to our kitchen to make and share some familiar food. From this small gesture of hospitality would evolve Newcomer Kitchen and the beginning of a delicious, 3-year journey into the world of Syrian cuisine. Many things may have changed since then — Newcomer Kitchen…

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PICK UP DINNER: Crouching Tiger Mom, Hidden Drag Queen by Greg Couillard

May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU May 6, 10pm Pick up on FRI May 7, 6-7:30pm The opportunity to work with Chef Greg Couillard has been one of the tastiest rewards of The Depanneur; his distinctive, personal style of international fusion is somehow both immediately recognizable and completely unique. Greg’s deft hand with spices, colours and textures elevates every dish he touches, and the breadth and depth of his knowledge combines influences and ingredients in always surprising and innovative ways. Tonight he…

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POP-UP: Mother’s Day Brunch by Eats By Betty

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

An exquisite collection of Taiwanese-fusion inspired dishes curated for especially for Mother’s Day by friends and culinary collaborators Betty Chia (Eats by Betty), Neil Villasenor & Cindy Fung (Preserve Indulgence, Caviar Citizen). Combining night-market adventures with comfort food memories and a touch of fine dining flair, this exciting menu showcases the craft and creativity of these accomplished chefs. Pre-Order Online by 10pm, FRI May 7  •  Pickup SUN May 9, 10am-3pm Dumps For Ma'  |  $21 Gangs of 10 Dumplings + 1 oz…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Arroz con Pollo Panameño by Rossy Earle

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE May 11, 10pm Pick up on WED May 12, 6-7:30pm At the crossroads of Latin American and Caribbean culture, Panama’s cuisine is a both familiar yet distinctive. So too is this personal menu by Chef Rossy Earle, a reflection of her Panamanian roots planted in Canadian soil. Tonight she shares a few dishes inspired by her favourites growing up, presented with the skill and consideration of a contemporary professional chef and food stylist. “When I feel…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Taste of Yemen by Najib Nasr

May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU May 13, 10pm Pick up on FRI May 14, 6-7:30pm Yemen, tucked away at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, has been a trading state for thousands of years. With thousands of kilometres of coastline along the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden opening out in to the Arabian Sea and then the Indian Ocean, it has been at the crossroads of crucial trading routes between the East and West. Many empires — Sabaean, Arab, Ethiopian,…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch SOFT LAUNCH

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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SNEAK PREVIEW 'SOFT LAUNCH' MAY 15-16! Introducing Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana A new Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch SOFT LAUNCH

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until May 17, 2021

SNEAK PREVIEW 'SOFT LAUNCH' MAY 15-16! Introducing Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana A new Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Mushrooms by Hajar Jamaleddine

May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE May 18, 10pm Pick up on WED May 19, 6-7:30pm Moroccan food is complex and layered, influenced by centuries of interactions and exchanges with other cultures and nations; a mix of Berber, Arabic, Andalusian, and Mediterranean cuisines melded with European and sub-Saharan influences. One of the quintessential Moroccan dishes is the tagine, a family of fragrant spiced stews traditionally prepared in the unique earthenware cooking vessel of the same name. For Hajar Jamaleddine, the spices and…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Guyanese Oxtail Pepperpot by Eshwar Sarwan

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until WED May 20, 10pm Pick up on FRI May 21, 6-7:30pm Guyana is a country of many identities. As the only country in South America where English is the first language, a legacy of British colonial rule, it often identifies mores closely to its Caribbean neighbours to the north. Like many ex-British colonies in the region, the culture — and the cuisine — is a mix of many influences: indigenous peoples, African slavery, Indian & Chinese indentured labourers,…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until May 24, 2021

Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist.

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until May 24, 2021

Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist.

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VICTORIA DAY: Don Chingon Birria Pop Up

May 24 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

1 DAY ONLY! Victoria Day — MON May 24 — 11am - 4pm Birria is the fast-rising star of the taco world here in North America, but it’s been a long time favourite in Mexico. Due to the long, slow cooking it is traditionally reserved for special occasions, but is rapidly becoming a brunch staple all over the country. Birria de res is slow-cooked beef with chilis, tomato, garlic, onion, and a mix of spices unique to whoever is making it. It’s…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Throwback by Cindy Fung & Neil Villasenor

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE May 25, 10pm Pick up on WED May 26, 6-7:30pm The Dep has been a stop for many people on the long & winding road of being an independent food entrepreneur in Toronto. Some are dabblers or just passionate amateurs, others are hardcore, dedicated lifers that eat, live and dream food. Long-time collaborators Cindy Fung, and Neil Villasenor fall into this latter category. With a sophisticated pan-Asian fusion sensibility and half a dozen culinary projects on the go, they…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Dan Dan Mian by Leo Moncel

May 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU May 27, 10pm Pick up on FRI May 28, 6-7:30pm Dan Dan mian (noodles) – the name is an onomatopoeia for the clacking of bamboo shoulder poles once worn by street vendors in Sichuan province. Food writer and tour guide Leo Moncel recreates this robust, intriguing dish that he fell in love with visiting Sichuan a decade ago. ----- Cucumber Salad One of the most popular Chinese raw vegetable dishes, this refreshing salad has a subtle…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on May 30, 2021 at 10:00 am

Introducing Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana A new Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with over 35 flavours of tamales!) to…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on May 30, 2021 at 10:00 am

Introducing Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana A new Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with over 35 flavours of tamales!) to…

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June 2021

PICK-UP DINNER: It’s All Greek To Me by Peter Minaki

June 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Jun 1, 10pm Pick up on WED Jun 2, 6-7:30pm I don’t think I’ve every met anyone as deeply passionate and evangelical about Greek food as Peter Minaki, whether it is as a chef, instructor, tour guide, or cookbook author. We’re happy to welcome him back to the Dep after a long absence to share some delicious dishes from Greece that also have a personal connection. “For as long as I can remember putting food in…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Saigon Seoul by An Nguyen

June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Pre-order online until THU Jun 3, 10pm Pick up on FRI Jun 4, 6-7:30pm In the West it might be uncommon to think of Vietnam and Korea as sharing a common coastline, but the millennias-long history of diverse Asian cultures and cuisines are connected in many ways, carried to every corner of the world on the winds of diaspora. The longing for the flavours of her homeland led An Nguyen to dive into the pursuit of the perfect Banh Mi…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until July 29, 2021

Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with over 35 flavours of tamales!) to create Don Chingon,…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until July 18, 2021

PRE-ORDERING FOR THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED; YOU CAN STILL POP-BY THE WALK UP WINDOW SAT OR SUN FRIST COME, FIRST SERVED To pre-order Brunch Boxes for another weekend, please select the SUNDAY you wish to pick up. Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Kintsugi by Stuart Sakai

June 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Jun 8, 10pm Pick up on WED Jun 9, 6-7:30pm Kintsugi is a Japanese tradition of repairing broken pottery using lacquer mixed with powdered gold; as a philosophy, it treats damage and repair as part of the integral history of an object, its imperfections something to be celebrated rather than hidden. Creating familiar food in a foreign land can be similar, filling the gaps and memories with a mix of creativity and available ingredients, creating something…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Pancit Malabon by Hannah Grace Medalla

June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Jun 10, 10pm Pick up on FRI Jun 11, 6-7:30pm Attend a big family gathering or fiesta in Malabon district of Manilla, and you’ll very likely find a big bilao, a round woven rattan platter, piled high with pancit malabon, a delicious noodle and seafood dish that is one of the specialities of the region. Considering that the Philippines is more than 13,000 kms away, it is probably a lot easier to get a taste of…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until July 29, 2021

Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with over 35 flavours of tamales!) to create Don Chingon,…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

June 13 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until July 18, 2021

PRE-ORDERING FOR THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED; YOU CAN STILL POP-BY THE WALK UP WINDOW SAT OR SUN FRIST COME, FIRST SERVED To pre-order Brunch Boxes for another weekend, please select the SUNDAY you wish to pick up. Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years…

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PICK UP DINNER: From Volta With Love by Marc Kusitor

June 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Jun 15, 10pm Pick up on WED Jun 16, 6-7:30pm In the heart of Ghana, the White Volta and Black Volta rivers meet to form Lake Volta — where the construction of the Akosombo Dam in 1965 created the largest reservoir in the world — and the intersection of many overlapping ancient and modern West Africa cultures. Culinary exchange has been going on for centuries; okra, cowpeas, and rice migrating to North America with the enslaved,…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Beer-Infused BBQ Ribs by Francoise Briet

June 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Jun 17, 10pm Pick up on FRI Jun 18, 6-7:30pm A huge hit last year, Chef Francoise Briet is back with another gourmet, beer-infused Father’s Day-inspired menu! Francoise’s love for diverse and delicious local craft beers led her to create Malty and Hoppy Delicacy, a company that uses Ontario craft beer to create small-batch jellies, jams, mustards and other beer-based artisanal products. Her passion for local beer can be found infused throughout all the delicious recipes in…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

June 19 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until July 29, 2021

Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with over 35 flavours of tamales!) to create Don Chingon,…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until July 18, 2021

PRE-ORDERING FOR THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED; YOU CAN STILL POP-BY THE WALK UP WINDOW SAT OR SUN FRIST COME, FIRST SERVED To pre-order Brunch Boxes for another weekend, please select the SUNDAY you wish to pick up. Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Sucuk Kofte by Tuba Tunç

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The true origin of the hamburger/meatball remains a mystery. The most likely candidate seems to be kofta, a dish of minced meat, typically fashioned into small cylinders, balls or patties. It is believed to have originated with the Persians, who passed it to the Arabs where it traveled along trade routes and then spread throughout the Ottoman Empire. Nearly every culture from India to Morocco has a myriad versions of kofta, and these classic Turkish ones by Tuba Tunç, are a testament to the enduring and universal appeal of a scrumptious little nuggets of grilled meat and spices.

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PICK-UP DINNER: Eritrean Highland Fare by Selam Teclu

June 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Eritrea is an ancient, complex and diverse society. Nine ethnic groups, each with their own language, inhabit ecosystems ranging from coastal Red Sea lowlands, to fertile mountainous highlands, arid desserts to sub-tropical rainforests, each home to distinct ingredients and cuisines. These dishes are inspired by those typical of the rural, agrarian highland villages: predominantly plant-based and complexly spiced. Chef, urban farmer and nutritionist Selam Teclu gives these traditional recipes a contemporary twist, combining regional herbs and spices with local ingredients for a unique dining experience.

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

June 26 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until July 29, 2021

Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with over 35 flavours of tamales!) to create Don Chingon,…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

June 27 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until July 18, 2021

PRE-ORDERING FOR THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED; YOU CAN STILL POP-BY THE WALK UP WINDOW SAT OR SUN FRIST COME, FIRST SERVED To pre-order Brunch Boxes for another weekend, please select the SUNDAY you wish to pick up. Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Nigerian Small Chops by Afrobeat Kitchen

June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Jun 29, 10pm Pick up on WED Jun 30, 6-7:30pm In Nigeria, finger foods are referred to as small chops, and all different kinds can be found in the profusion of street stalls and market vendors. Chef Victor from Afrobeat Kitchen has put together a selection of delicious African-inspired snacks perfect for a Canada Day picnic. ----- Meat Picnic Basket for 2 Sticky Suya wings (1lb) Chicken wings tossed in suya, a spicy Nigerian peanut-based seasoning.…

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July 2021

PICK-UP DINNER: Asiatique by Greg Couillard

July 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Jul 1, 10pm Pick up on FRI Jul 2, 6-7:30pm Chef Greg Couillard’s distinctive, personal style of international fusion is somehow both immediately recognizable and completely unique. His deft hand with spices, colours and textures elevates every dish he touches, and the breadth and depth of his knowledge combines influences and ingredients in always surprising and innovative ways. Tonight’s menu mixes Japanese and Chinese flavours with French bistro classics for a delightful early summer dinner. -----…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

July 3 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until July 29, 2021

Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with over 35 flavours of tamales!) to create Don Chingon,…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

July 4 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until July 18, 2021

PRE-ORDERING FOR THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED; YOU CAN STILL POP-BY THE WALK UP WINDOW SAT OR SUN FRIST COME, FIRST SERVED To pre-order Brunch Boxes for another weekend, please select the SUNDAY you wish to pick up. Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Hambaagu by Quinn Cruise

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Jul 6, 10pm Pick up on WED Jul 7, 6-7:30pm Have you noticed that the Japanese have a particular knack for taking American ideas and giving them an Asian spin, often improving them in the process? It worked for cars and electronics, so why not hamburgers? Enter hambaagu; a Japanese take on the Salsbury/Hamburg steak. It’s the a perfect blend of two comfort food traditions, and has since even managed to make its way back to…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Flavours of Pakistan by Nasir Zuberi

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Jul 8, 10pm Pick up on FRI Jul 9, 6-7:30pm Join Chef Nasir Zuberi on a culinary journey that stretches across Pakistan's culinary landscape from Karachi to Khyber. Inspired by his mother’s kitchen, Nasir uses only fresh ingredients and homemade spice blends to bring you this unique menu of authentic Pakistani dishes rarely seen in Toronto. ----- Chana Papri Chaat Chaats are a very popular street food in Pakistan and Northern India, prepared in countless different…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

July 10 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with over 35 flavours of tamales!) to create Don Chingon,…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

July 11 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until July 18, 2021

PRE-ORDERING FOR THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED; YOU CAN STILL POP-BY THE WALK UP WINDOW SAT OR SUN FRIST COME, FIRST SERVED To pre-order Brunch Boxes for another weekend, please select the SUNDAY you wish to pick up. Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years…

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Taking a Day Off

July 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Invited to a cottage, can't say no. #YOLO Will be back for the Communal Picnic on THU & our fab Pick Up Dinner on FRI

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PICK UP DINNER: Washoku by Yasukazu Nakajima

July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Jul 15, 10pm Pick up on FRI Jul 16, 6-7:30pm In 2013, Japanese cuisine — washoku — was added to the Unesco intangible heritage list. A dynamic thing, rooted in centuries-long traditions, it is constantly evolving and incorporating new ideas in an ongoing exchange with the world. Diverse influences flow in: French, Chinese, American — Japan now host the world’s highest concentration of 3-star Michelin restaurants — and flow outwards, with dishes like sushi and ramen becoming hugely…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

July 17 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with over 35 flavours of tamales!) to create Don Chingon,…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

July 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday, repeating until July 18, 2021

PRE-ORDERING FOR THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED; YOU CAN STILL POP-BY THE WALK UP WINDOW SAT OR SUN FRIST COME, FIRST SERVED To pre-order Brunch Boxes for another weekend, please select the SUNDAY you wish to pick up. Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Indo-Nigerian by Zobo

July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Jul 20, 10pm Pick up on WED Jul 21, 6-7:30pm Chefs Romina Arya and Joy Aigbukor have come together to create Zobo, a new Nigerian-Indian street food concept. Zobo combines Romina’s 10 years specializing in Middle Eastern and Indian food with Joy’s decade of experience in Nigerian and West African cuisines, to offer a menu of authentic Nigerian and Indian dishes, with a dash of Middle Eastern flavours. @zobotoronto ----- Aloo Meithi Puffs Buttery baked puff…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Anishinaabe Dinner by Chef Candace

July 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Jul 22, 10pm Pick up on FRI Jul 23, 6-7:30pm Chef Candace — whose name is Nawatiin Kwe, meaning Calm Water Woman — is an Anishinaabe entrepreneur from Aundeck-Omni-Kaning on Mantoulin Island. Her passion for food started as a child, and continued to grow over the years as she helped prepare foods for lunches, events, and ceremonies in her community. An interest in wellness and nutrition, emerging from more than 10 years as a frontline worker, also…

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Don Chingón Mexican Brunch

July 24 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until July 29, 2021

Don Chingón Cocina Mexicana Mexican brunch residency at The Depanneur Two veteran professional chefs bring you the magic trinity of Mexican comfort food — Tacos, Tortas, & Tamales — with a TO brunch twist. Aaron Okada, a talented local chef with nearly 15 years in some of Toronto’s top kitchens, has joined forces with Oskar Diaz from Tampico, Mexico (where he ran several restaurants, and his mom ran a tamale business with over 35 flavours of tamales!) to create Don Chingon,…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Rock the Casbah by Joel Solish

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Jul 27, 10pm Pick up on WED Jul 28, 6-7:30pm Taking inspiration from the flavours of the shuks of the Middle East, Joel Solish — local food industry insider and man behind the popular Never Not Eating line of spice blends — presents a meal to evoke the sights and sounds of the bazaar. It is easy to imagine the hustle and bustle of narrow cobblestone streets and the scent of ancient spice vendors with this…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Nou Deyó by Marc Kusitor

July 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Jul 29, 10pm Pick up on FRI Jul 30, 6-7:30pm Nou Deyó translates to ”we’re outside“ in Haitian Kreyole — a nod to the spirit of Caribana, warm summer weather and slowly emerging after being in lockdown for so long. And what better way to celebrate than with this fabulous meal of traditional and not-so-traditional Haitian dishes prepared by Chef Marc Kusitor of ChopTime Catering. —— Pâté Kodé The Haitian cousin of the empanada is filled…

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September 2021

PICK-UP DINNER: Bajan Comfort by Shem Barker

September 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Sep 7, 10pm Pick up on WED Sep 8, 6-7:30pm Bajan cuisine naturally reflects it diverse history, a mixture of African, Portuguese, Indian, Irish, Creole and British influences. While some dishes are tied closely to the island, like flying fish, others are more transportable, giving Chef Shem Barker an opportunity to share some of delicious flavours of Barbadian home cooking with us here in Toronto. ----- Carrot Broccoli Soup Smooth and healthy, this creamy soup is…

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COOKING CLASS: Polish Pierogies with Maria Rozynska

September 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Every culture has their comfort-food dumplings, and warm, hearty Polish pierogies are right up there with the best of them. In this fun, hands-on workshop, Maria Rozynska of Just Be Cooking leads you through the process of kneading & rolling, filling & shaping, and boiling & frying homemade pierogies from scratch. You’ll start the class with a warm borscht broth, then dive into learning how to make several fillings including: classic dry cottage cheese & potato, savoury sauerkraut, mushroom and…

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PICK UP DINNER: Lebanese Rosto by Mary Freij

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Sep 9, 10pm Pick up on FRI Sep 10, 6-7:30pm Sahtein — the ‘bon appetit’ of Lebanese/Syrian Arabic dialects — is an invitation to come and share this lovely meal of Middle Easter comfort foods, prepared with love by Palestinian/Lebanese Chef Mary Freij, formerly of The Dep’s popular Mazeh brunch. ----- Shorbat Adas A classic way to start a meal across the entire Levant (Southeastern Mediterranean region), this lemony puree of yellow lentils cooked with onions…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Mexican Independence Day by Erika Araujo

September 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

By 1821, military commander Agustin de Iturbide (who had switched sides from the Spanish Army) had signed the Treaty of Cordoba granting Mexico its independence. En route to Mexico City he stopped in the town of Puebla where a celebratory feast was held, and the nuns of the Santa Monica convent sought to prepare a special dish using what local ingredients were in season, like pomegranate and walnuts. The result was Chiles en Nogada (stuffed poblano peppers in walnut sauce), and it has remained a popular dish for 200 years. Since it incorporates the colors of the Mexican flag—red, white, and green—this labour-intensive dish is considered a very patriotic and festive recipe. Join Chef Erika Araujo of Ixiim as she shares this delicious piece of Mexican history and culture with you.

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COOKING CLASS: Mastering the Instant Pot by Carole Nelson Brown

September 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Pressure cooking is an exceptionally fast and healthy way to prepare food. Nutrients are preserved, flavours are intensified and cooking times reduced by up to 70%. Throw in the fact that you use less energy and waste less water, how can you go wrong? Popular food blogger, photographer and stylist Carole Nelson Browne shows you how to take full advantage of this amazing kitchen time-saver. 

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PICK-UP DINNER: Tour de France by Dali Chehimi

September 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Sep 16, 10pm Pick up on FRI Sep 17, 6-7:30pm From the cool apple orchards of Normandy, to sunny gardens of Provence, take a culinary tour of France with long-time Dep favourite, Chef Dali Chehimi. ----- Crème Vichyssoise Vichy, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of central France is home to one of the largest spas in France, and its famous namesake water is exported around the world. It is also the namesake of vichyssoise, a popular creamy leek…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Greek Summer by Alissa Kondogiannis

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

With thousands of years of culinary tradition to draw from, the cuisine of Greee has become a popular comfort food around the world. Alissa Kondogiannis shares some personal favourites for this tasty Greek feast!

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COOKING CLASS: Quick European Flat Breads with Leo Baduria

September 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join artisanal baker Leo Baduria for this fun, hands-on workshop. Participants will learn the recipes and techniques for making traditional flatbreads found in Italy and France, such as Focaccia, Fougasse aux Olives, Pizza Margherita and Tarte Flambée. You will learn how to make dough from scratch, how to handle it from kneading and resting to stretching and shaping, as well as tips on timing and temperature for baking. You'll get to enjoy the delicious breads made in class or take them home -----…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Tunisia la Douce by Zeyneb and Fatima

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

With thousands of years of culinary tradition to draw from, the cuisine of Greee has become a popular comfort food around the world. Alissa Kondogiannis shares some personal favourites for this tasty Greek feast!

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PICK-UP DINNER: Indo-Persian by Romina Arya

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Indian and Persian cultures have been intertwined for centuries, part of the migration of Islam Eastward through the Indian subcontinent, culminating in the Mughal Empire of the 16-19th C. Persian was the official language of most Indian Muslim dynasties, and was also the dominant aristocratic language of poetry and literature. Centuries of trade in spices, ingredients and ideas are evident in the cuisines of both cultures, and showcased in this Indo-Persian menu by Chef Romina Arya of Auth Foods.

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COOKING CLASS: Knife Skills with Sonya Gammal

September 30 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Knowing how to choose, use and care for knives is one of the most essential parts of any cook’s skill set. Join Chef Sonya Gammal for a solid primer on knife skills and kitchen fundamentals. In addition to learning about the knives themselves, participants will get ample opportunity to practice a range of different hands-on knife skills as part of the preparation of a delicious meal. Chef Sonya will guide you through foundational skills such as: selecting, storing and handling knives, sharpening and honing, knife safety and tips, techniques for dealing with common ingredients like onions & garlic, classic vegetable and herb cuts such as julienne, brunoise, and chiffonade, and the easiest way to break down a whole chicken into 8 standard cuts.

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October 2021

PICK-UP DINNER: Anishinaabe Tacos by Chef Candace

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Chef Candace — whose name is Nawatiin Kwe, meaning Calm Water Woman — is an Anishinaabe entrepreneur from Aundeck-Omni-Kaning on Mantoulin Island. Her passion for food started as a child, and continued to grow over the years as she helped prepare foods for lunches, events, and ceremonies in her community. An interest in wellness and nutrition, emerging from more than 10 years as a frontline worker, also informs her approach to sourcing and preparing healthy, local, seasonal and traditional foods and medicines, like her Cedar Tea kits. Chef Candace has prepared this meal to share with us, inspired by the traditional foods and connection to the land of her First Nation family.

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PICK-UP DINNER: Polish Thanksgiving by Maria Rozynska

October 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Oct 5, 10pm Pick up on WED Oct 6, 6-7:30pm While Thanksgiving per se isn't celebrated in Eastern Europe the way it is in North America, most Northern countries have some type of celebration to mark the end of the farming season, often aligned with the autumn equinox. Called Dożynki in Poland, or Obzhynki in the Ukraine & Russia, these feasts are an opportunity express gratitude and enjoy the bounty of the harvest. Maria Rozynska of…

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COOKING CLASS: Making Chocolate Babka with Alissa Kondogiannis

October 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Babka is a sweet, twisted, yeast-dough bread with Eastern European roots. Typically served as a dessert and the perfect accompaniment to coffee, babka has transcended its humble roots and become a trendy staple in gourmet bakeries around the world. Classic babka is either chocolate or cinnamon-filled but can be made using any filling you can imagine, savoury or sweet. In this class, participants will learn to make the yeasted dough essential to babka recipe, and then the shaping, folding and…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Across India by Ketan Dongre

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Oct 7, 10pm Pick up on FRI Oct 8, 6-7:30pm Discover the unique flavours of special regional dishes from across the Indian subcontinent presented with a contemporary twist, showcasing Chef Ketan Dongre‘s Indian roots combined with his experience working in fine dining restaurants around the world. “The most exciting part about making these dishes is to introduce people to a variety of regional dishes from India that they might not get a chance to try unless…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Mauritian Legacy by Melanie Anthony

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Mauritian cuisine embodies the values of this remote island nation: family, community, a heritage told through stories and recipes. Situated in the Indian Ocean at the junction of old Spice Routes, it blends diverse influences from Africa, Asia and Europe. This menu by Melanie Anthony is inspired by legacy recipes from Chef Raginee, a fellow Mauritian friend from the town of Quatre-Bornes where Chef Melanie is also from. These dishes showcase a combination of the tropical island’s best flavours: spicy and tangy, creamy and sweet.

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PICK-UP DINNER: Trini Chula Flavas by Avé Dinzey

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Caribbean flavours emerged from centuries of interaction between Carib, Arawak, African, East Indian, Chinese, and European cultures. Each island, with its own unique historical trajectory and individual culinary talents, developed distinct specialities, many of which are now beloved the world over. Nearly a decade ago Chef Avé Dinzey created Purple Hibiscus in Winnipeg’s French Quarter to pay homage to the culture, people, and history of the Caribbean, and carry on the culinary traditions that have run in her family for generations. Now based in Toronto, she offers a unique taste of the islands with an illustrious pedigree.

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PICK-UP DINNER: Mughlai Treasures by Nasir Zuberi

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Oct 19, 10pm Pick up on WED Oct 20, 6-7:30pm The cuisine of the Mughal Empire emerged from a combination of Turkic, Persian, Central Asian, and Afghan influences that merged as Islamic culture spread eastward across the Indian continent in the 15-18th centuries. Fuelled by intercontinental trade along the Silk Road, its legacy can be felt in the diverse and aromatic foods found throughout Pakistan today, notably in their genenerous use of whole and freshly ground…

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COOKING CLASS: Moroccan Tea Party with Fatima Khlifi

October 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Morocco is home to Marrakesh and Fez, some of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities with histories spanning back more than 4000 years. Put a lot of people in close proximity for a long enough time and I think you will inevitably end up with a tradition of sharing tasty snacks! Another universal is that pretty much everybody everywhere loves to save time and effort, so even the most traditional recipes can find novel ways to take advantage of new…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Flavours of Damascus by Syrian Sisters

October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Oct 21, 10pm Pick up on FRI Oct 22, 6-7:30pm In early 2016, shortly after hundreds of Syrian refugee families arrived in Toronto, The Depanneur reached out with an invitation to share our kitchen. From that small gesture of hospitality emerged Newcomer Kitchen, which evolved into a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating social and economic opportunities for newcomer women while enriching the culinary landscape of our city. Now, 5 years and thousands of meals later, a…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Dia de los Muertos by Erika Araujo

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a two-day festival that takes place every November 1 and 2. Although most strongly identified with Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Latin America and in many places with a Latino population. Dia de los Muertos has its origins in both Aztec tradition and Catholic observance of All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). Although trick-or-treating has become more common on Dia de los Muertos, the holiday actually has nothing to do with Halloween, which is a Northern European tradition. Dia de los Muertos celebrates death as a part of the human experience. Tradition holds that the dead would be offended by grieving and sadness, so festivities honor them with laughter and joy. Join Chef Erika Araujo for a meal that welcomes you to celebrate the flavours and traditions of authentic Mexican cuisine.

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COOKING CLASS: Fall Pickles and Chutney by Camilla Wynne

October 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join master preserver Camilla Wynne of Preservation Society for this fun, hands-on workshop, where you’ll learn how to transform the autumn harvest into delectable pickles and intriguing chutney, bringing life to your holiday cheese plates and tangy foils to your winter comfort cooking. The class covers all the basics of canning pickles and chutney, from selecting your produce to proper sterilization to basic microbiology, and we'll sample some different styles and flavours. You will leave with a jar of each,…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Enak Sekali by NaiNai

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a two-day festival that takes place every November 1 and 2. Although most strongly identified with Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Latin America and in many places with a Latino population. Dia de los Muertos has its origins in both Aztec tradition and Catholic observance of All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). Although trick-or-treating has become more common on Dia de los Muertos, the holiday actually has nothing to do with Halloween, which is a Northern European tradition. Dia de los Muertos celebrates death as a part of the human experience. Tradition holds that the dead would be offended by grieving and sadness, so festivities honor them with laughter and joy. Join Chef Erika Araujo for a meal that welcomes you to celebrate the flavours and traditions of authentic Mexican cuisine.

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November 2021

PICK-UP DINNER: Bosnian Sarme by Ksenija Hotic

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Bosanska kuhinja (Bosnian cuisine) is a balance between Western and Eastern influences; like much of the food of the Balkans, it is closely related to Turkish/Ottoman and Mediterranean cuisines, with some Central European influences. It is a place that is deeply rooted in its foodways, with traditional dishes that have been made from the same recipes for hundreds of years.

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COOKING CLASS: Gnocchi from Scratch with Laura Guanti

November 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Gnocchi are the magical lovechild of pasta and dumplings, versatile enough to be rustic and homey comfort food, or delicate and elegant special-occasion fare. Their secret lies in how easy they can be make to make from scratch, once you know how. Laura Guanti will introduce you to some of the many varieties of gnocchi, start with the simplest: a rustic, hand-shaped pasta of semolina flour and water formed on special press board. From here you’ll move on to the more famous…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Keşkek by Tuba Tunç

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

What does it mean to have a culinary tradition? Here in Canada, a very young country far removed from its agrarian roots, there is little in the way of ’traditional’ foods that appears on most tables. But in Turkey, where food, culture, land, religion, music and tradition have been dancing together for thousands of years, one can find many examples of dishes that embody this deep and layered relationship. Keşkek is a traditional Turkish ceremonial dish of wheat and meat prepared in huge cauldrons for weddings and religious holidays. While it is not possible to recreate this experience in its full splendour, Chef Tuba Tunç uses it as an inspiration for this elegant fall menu, evoking the flavours and memories entwined in her Turkish heritage.

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PICK-UP DINNER: Memories of Trinidad by Sheldon Holder

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Bosanska kuhinja (Bosnian cuisine) is a balance between Western and Eastern influences; like much of the food of the Balkans, it is closely related to Turkish/Ottoman and Mediterranean cuisines, with some Central European influences. It is a place that is deeply rooted in its foodways, with traditional dishes that have been made from the same recipes for hundreds of years.

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COOKING CLASS: Sourdough Bread with Sonya Gammal

November 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join  Sonya Gammal for this popular sourdough bread baking workshop! Using organic hard wheat and spelt flours, you'll learn about the history of sourdough and its health benefits, how to create and maintain a starter, and be led step-by-step through the process of preparing and forming your dough ready to be baked off into a beautiful, hand-crafted artisanal — and very tasty — sourdough loaf. We'll start out by preparing and baking off 2 large loaves using the Dutch Oven method, that…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Sous le Soleil de Provence by Jean-Pierre Boué & Fatima Khlifi

November 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Bosanska kuhinja (Bosnian cuisine) is a balance between Western and Eastern influences; like much of the food of the Balkans, it is closely related to Turkish/Ottoman and Mediterranean cuisines, with some Central European influences. It is a place that is deeply rooted in its foodways, with traditional dishes that have been made from the same recipes for hundreds of years.

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PICK-UP DINNER: Tibetan Momos by Tsewang & Lhundup

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until TUE Nov 16, 10pm Pick up on WED Nov 17, 6-7:30pm It’s hardly surprising the Tibet’s cold, windy plateau has evolved a hearty, warming cuisine perfect for winter weather. Join Tsewang & Lhundup of TC’s Tibetan Momo, for a taste of traditional Tibetan fare, made with local ingredients sourced from the Ontario farmers they work alongside at several of Toronto’s farmers’ markets. Tibetan Lentil Soup (vegan) Piping hot, hearty lentil broth with subtle curry spices Kotey Momos 6pc per person…

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COOKING CLASS: Caribbean Patties & Tarts with Chef Billy

November 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Jamaican patties, a colonial Caribbean take on the English Cornish pasty, have evolved from a regional speciality to a snack beloved around the world. With their flaky, golden, turmeric-tinted pastry and spicy, savoury beef filling with hints of thyme and scotch bonnet pepper they are certainly a fixture of Toronto’s global palate. (Vegetarian filling available on request). Another popular Caribbean treat is the Trinidadian coconut tart, an empanada-style turnover with a sweet coconut filling infused with warm island spices like nutmeg.…

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PICK-UP DINNER: CaribbAsian by Avery Billy

November 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pre-order online until THU Nov 18, 10pm Pick up on FRI Nov 19, 6-7:30pm Elements of Chinese cuisine can be found in nearly every country in the world, the product of hundreds, and in some places thousands, of years of Chinese emigration and trade. The Caribbean is no exception as the waves of labourers and indentured servants poured in to fill the colonial labour gaps left by the abolition of the slave trade. Today there is nary a Caribbean nation…

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PICK-UP DINNER: Filipino Pochero by Maria Polotan

November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Like many middle-class families growing up in the Philippines, Maria Polotan’s family’s Sunday lunch centred around pochero — a hearty all-in-one meal based around a rich soup-stew of mixed meats and vegetables flavoured by chorizo or ham bones. The flavours speak to a strong colonial influence, a cousin of Spanish dishes like cocido Madrileno or Portuguese cozido, but the addition of saba (a cooking banana similar to plantain) as well as the accompanying berenjena (eggplant-garlic sauce) makes the dish uniquely Filipino. Bowls of the rich broth are served to start, followed by a big platter of the meats and vegetables neatly arranged, accompanied by a bowl of berenjena and, of course, rice.

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COOKING CLASS: Pakistani Dum Biryani by Nasir Zuberi

November 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Every region, sometimes even every household, has their own unique, distinctive blend of spices that defines its biryani. Nasir Zuberi, inspired by his mother’s kitchen, will walk you through all the steps to make a perfect dum biryani in this fun, hands-on class. He will share the recipes and techniques for his homemade spice blend used to make the chicken curry, cooked with onions and tomatoes, that is layered with basmati rice before being sealed and finished over low heat. 

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PICK-UP DINNER: North African Tagines by Dali Chehimi

November 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Long-time Dep favourite, Chef Dali Chehimi brings a mix of traditional Tunisian and Moroccan favourites to the table for a delicious tour of North African cuisine. Complex spices, lush combinations of sweet, savoury and spicy, Mediterranean ingredients and a hint of French colonial influence make for an exquisite culinary adventure.

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December 2021

PICK-UP DINNER: A Greco-Jewish Hanukkah by Alissa Kondogiannis

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Greek and Jewish cuisine is not an especially common fusion, which is actually kind of odd, given the thousand-plus years of coexistence that they shared in antiquity, stretching back to at least 400 BCE. The ebb and flow of empires and diasporas severed ties and diverged paths, but some common threads remain — e.g. the tradition of leaning to the left during the Passover seder it considered by some to derive from the preferred leaning posture of reclining Greek & Roman nobles at their banquets… an emulation of the table manners of the ancient ruling class, emphasizing the luxury of eating like a free man vs. slave. Tonight’s dinner is a Greek-Jewish fusion, prepared by Alissa Kondogiannis, a Greek-Jewish mash-up herself, equally inspired by classic Hanukkah treats and the Mediterranean flavours of Greece.

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COOKING CLASS: Mexican Street Food with Erika Araujo

December 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Mexican street food goes way beyond tacos, but we rarely see any of the other amazing delicacies featured on Canadian menus. In this fun, hands-on workshop Erika Araujo will introduce you to two popular Mexican favourites, sopes and tlacoyos, along with recipes for the delicious fillings and salsas that make these dishes shine. Sopes are a traditional Mexican dish originating in the central and southern parts of Mexico. Like an extra thick tortilla, this circle of fried corn masa has raised, pinched sides to help…

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PICK-UP DINNER: A Taste of Home by Syrian Sisters

December 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In early 2016, shortly after hundreds of Syrian refugee families arrived in Toronto, The Depanneur reached out with an invitation to share our kitchen. From that small gesture of hospitality emerged Newcomer Kitchen, which evolved into a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating social and economic opportunities for newcomer women while enriching the culinary landscape of our city. Now, 5 years and thousands of meals later, a small group of the original participants have teamed up to form their own catering business, Syrian Sisters. Tonight’s menu features a selection of traditional Syrian dishes that were among my favourites from the Newcomer Kitchen project.

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