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August 22: Communal Table, Farm to Table/Caribbean Fusion with Greg Couillard
August 22, 2019 @ 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.
Despite being an incredible food city in so many ways, Toronto does not have much in the way of its own unique, signature dishes. Chef Greg Couillard’s Jump Up Soup would be as credible a contender as any. For a time this was probably Toronto’s most famous dish, inspired by the first Caribana Parade in 1967 – a riot of colour, music and tropical heat that crashed through the stolid grey of downtown Toronto much like Greg’s cooking would do to the restaurant scene in the decades that followed.
Chef Greg became renowned for his flair for bold flavours and spices — so much so, he was once christened “The Spicemeister” by food critic Joanne Kates. His iconoclastic palate and sensibility transformed the then-conservative world of fine dining in 80’s Toronto with an eclectic mix of Latin, Caribbean, Asian and Indian flavours and ingredients.
Greg forged a reputation as a fearless culinary innovator, a kind of supercollider of food ideas, smashing them together with incredible force, producing novel and exotic new dishes for a few lucky diners to marvel at. Chef Greg’s 30+ year culinary legacy has left an indelible impression on fine dining in Toronto, opening eyes, minds and palates to the incredible culinary diversity of our city.
- Jump-up Soup (pumpkin, sweet potato, chayote, sweet & hot peppers in spicy tomato broth)
- Icky Sticky Mango Chicken
- Seasonal Vegetables in Curry Coconut Rundown
- Rice & Peas
- Rainbow Coleslaw
- Tropical Passionfruit, Lime & Tequila tartlets w/ crumbled meringue
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 Greg Couilliard
Greg Couillard built an international reputation on his flair for combining the diverse flavours of Toronto in unique and spectacular ways. Through his many groundbreaking restaurants like The Parrot, Stelle, Avec, Sarkis, The Spice Room and others, his prescient embrace of this city’s multicultural influences and ingredients foreshadowed the kind of eclectic, international menus we can now take for granted. It would not be hyperbole to suggest that Greg Couillard is one of the most influential chefs in Toronto’s culinary history.