August 01: Communal Table, Spanish Paella Fiesta with José Arato
August 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm$12
A weekly dining experience featuring local chefs and food offerings
The Communal Table happens every Thursday, June 13-August 22
Beginning June 13, The Bentway will offer weekly communal dining opportunities for neighbours and community members. Featuring chefs, food offerings and conversation-starters as curated by Toronto restaurant and innovative “culinary talent showcase” The Depanneur. The weekly dinners will explore Toronto’s diverse culinary traditions. We ask that people pre-register fro $12 in order to help us minimize food waste.
Paella is the quintessential Spanish food of celebrations. Originating in Valencia, but with countless regional variations, this classic rice dish has five key ingredients: Spanish short-grain “Bomba” rice, saffron, pimentón (Spanish paprika), olive oil and the paellera, the wide, shallow, purpose-built pan from which the dish gets its name. José Arato, owner and Head Chef of Pimentón, has built and elegant Spanish meal around this signature dish.
The starter is a grilled vegetable salad called Escalivada, whose name comes from the Catalan word escalivar, meaning “to roast over ashes or embers,” as it is traditional to cook the peppers, eggplant, zucchini, etc. over a flame. The dish is then dressed with lots of garlic, parsley, lemon & olive oil.
The centerpiece of the meal will be a spectacular, giant Chicken & Seafood Paella for 50, prepared on site in a huge 2m-wide Spanish paellera. There will also be a Vegetarian Paella available with seasonal vegetables and lima beans.
Crema Catalana is a Spanish dessert similar to creme brûlée, but cooked on the stove instead of the oven. Crema catalana uses citrus peel and sometimes cinnamon to flavor the custard, and the crisp sugar crust is traditionally caramelized using a special small round hot iron.
This meal will be accompanied by Flamenco guitar & dance w/ Shirlita La Pili.
- Escalivada: roasted vegetable platter dressed with garlic, parsley, lemon & olive oil. Served with bread.
- Seafood & Chicken Paella; Vegetarian Paella (Note: paella will be cooked in/served from a giant paella pan on site – guests will come up to get served)
- Green Salad with Artichokes
- Crema Catalana (Spanish creme caramel w/ orange essence)
Pre-registration is requested
Non-perishable food items will be accepted for donations to local shelters
The Depanneur is intimate & interactive food venue aimed at showcasing the incredible diversity of culinary talent we have in Toronto. We invite guest cooks, both amateur and professional, to host hundreds of unique food events from Cooking Classes, Drop-In Dinners and Supper Clubs, to Table Talks, Brunch and Private Events. The Dep is also the birthplace of Newcomer Kitchen, a non-profit social enterprise that creates social and economic opportunities for Syrian refugee women through food-based projects. To date, Newcomer Kitchen has sold over 10,000 meals and paid over $150,000 into the Syrian community since its inception in 2016.
About José Arato
Chef José Arato is the owner and Head Chef at Pimenton, a Toronto catering and gourmet food project specializing in Spanish and Mediterranean fine food. Along with paella, tapas and moroccan cooking classes, Pimentón has a stand at the Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market where you can experience Jose’s Mediterranean flavours every weekend.