July 11: Communal Table, Filipino Kamayan with Erwin Joaquin/Big E Grinds
July 11 @ 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 offers 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.
Kamayan is a Tagalog word that translates to “by hand” and refers to a traditional Filipino style of eating—communally, and without plates or utensils. A typical kamayan meal features a table covered in banana leaves which is then artfully arranged with a variety of traditional Filipino dishes served rice, condiments and garnishes.
- Pork / Vegetable Lumpia (Filipino spring rolls)
- Kamayan dinner: Steamed rice, langonesa (Filipino sausages), BBQ beef short ribs, fried Bangus (milk fish), chicken adobo, ginger coconut squash and green beans (vegetarian); served with papaya salad, pickled cucumbers & cherry tomatoes (Note: the Kamayan dinner is served communaly, directly onto the table which is covered with banana leaves, and traditionally eaten with one’s hands)
- Lecheflan (caramel custard)
Pre-registration is requested
Non-perishable food items will be accepted for donations to local shelters
About The Depanneur
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 Erwin Joaquin
Erwin Joaquin is a passionate chef who brings the flavours of the Pacific Rim together in his catering company Big E Hawaiian Grinds. Erwin began his journey cooking Filipino cuisine beside his mother at an early age for big family parties and holiday celebrations. His palate expanded beyond the Philippines and grew into falling in love with Polynesia, in particular, Hawaiian culture where a high volume of Filipinos reside. Erwin loves to bring together food, music and culture in everything he does, in particular, family meals he hosts once a week as an open door policy at his home to family and friends. Erwin is also active in the community serving up at festivals and events around the city while catering public and private clients.