The Bentway is offering a communal dinner service series this year

May 23 2019, 5:05 pm

Some very interesting—and delicious—food things are about to happen.

Beginning Thursday, June 13, The Bentway will host weekly communal dining opportunities curated by The Depanneur, “a place where interesting food things happen.”

The Communal Table will serve 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.

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

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The first dinner of the series is on June 13 with Toronto chef Jamie Kennedy, who’s coined as a pioneer of sustainable gastronomy. The event will feature a farm-to-table menu showcasing local produce from Ontario farmers.

Then, on June 20, Ojibway chef Shawn Adler of Toronto’s PowWow CafĂ© will bring the series a dinner menu to complement the seventh annual Indigenous Arts Festival (at Fort York from June 18 to 23). With cooking that combines his Indigenous traditions with flavours from other cultures, Chef Adler’s menu will feature Three Sisters Stew with chives and fiddleheads, wild rice pilaf, and home-made cedar soda.


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The Newcomer Kitchen, which was founded at The Depanneur in 2016 to provide social and economic opportunities for Syrian refugee women, will host two dinners during the services. Serving a selection of traditional Syrian home cooking, you can look forward to these eats on June 27 and July 25.

On the Paella Nights, scheduled for July 4 and August 1, the talents of chef José Arato of Pimentón Spanish and Mediterranean Fine Food will be highlighted. Both dinners will feature a giant paella prepared onsite, plus a selection of tapas, all accompanied by a Flamenco performance.

Filipino chef Erwin Joaquin of Big E Hawaiian Grinds will host two Pinoy Kamayan Dinners at the Communal Table. These feasts, scheduled for July 11 and August 8, will include meat, seafood, garlic rice, and more, served on banana leaves and eaten by hand.

On July 18 and August 15, Chef Tsewang Chodon of TC’s Tibetan Momo will prepare traditional Tibetan and Himalayan cuisine, including her own handmade Momos, made from local ingredients.


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And to close, the final Communal Table of the season, organized for August 22, is another farm-to-table meal. Chef Greg Couillard will offer a menu full of Caribbean flavours, including his famous Jump-Up soup inspired by the first Caribana parade in 1967.

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


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