The Bentway is serving up a communal Filipino dinner tonight

Aug 8 2019, 8:27 am

Some very interesting — and delicious — food things are happening at The Bentway this summer.

Since June, the hub has been hosting weekly communal dining opportunities curated by¬†The Depanneur, ‚Äúa place where interesting food things happen.‚ÄĚ

The Communal Table serves as an opportunity for friends and neighbours to come together, share a delicious meal, and make new connections.

Because really, that’s what sharing a meal is all about.

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Featuring a roster of local chefs, each experience in the series of dinners offers a distinct menu, plus warm vibes and live music performances.

And tonight’s feature is a Pinoy Kamayan Dinner, presented by¬†Filipino chef Erwin Joaquin of Big E Hawaiian Grinds.


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Kamayan is a Tagalog word that translates to ‚Äúby hand‚ÄĚ and refers to a traditional Filipino style of eating (read: communally and without plates or utensils). A typical meal of this style is served on a table covered in banana leaves, where dishes are arranged artfully.

Tonight’s menu includes pork and vegetable lumpia (Filipino spring rolls), steamed rice, langonesa (Filipino sausages),¬†fried Bangus (milk fish), chicken adobo, ginger coconut squash, and green beans.

Alongside mains, guests will enjoy papaya salad, pickled cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes. Dessert is set to be leche flan, a caramel custard.


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To help ensure food waste is eliminated, you can pre-register online for $12. Walk-ins are welcome, too, as long as there’s space left.

Guests are asked to bring their own dishes, and a non-perishable food item for donation to local shelters.

The Communal Table at The Bentway

When: August 8, 2019
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Tickets: Register online here


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