Communal Picnic with The Depanneur – Philippines
August 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Communal Picnic happens every Thursday, July 1-September 2
Following the success of our 2019 Communal Table dinner series and last year’s Communal Picnic partnership, The Depanneur & The Bentway have teamed up once again to offer safe shared culinary experiences this summer.
Communal Picnic offers a public, collective experience in the spirit of Communal Table, while ensuring a safe and responsible environment for our community to enjoy a shared meal.
Beginning July 1, The Bentway will offer weekly three-course picnic meal packages for neighbours and community members to pick up and enjoy on-site or at home featuring chefs and food offerings as curated by Toronto restaurant and innovative “culinary talent showcase” The Depanneur.
Communal Picnic will explore Toronto’s diverse culinary traditions by featuring a different cuisine each week and be available for parties of two (2), four (4) or six (6). Communal Picnic meals must be pre-ordered and will be available for contactless pick-up at The Bentway (250 Fort York Blvd) on Thursday, August 5 from 6:00pm-7:00pm – rain or shine.
Limited on-site seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Masks are required at pick-up and to access on-site washrooms, and we ask that all guests please practice physical distancing while waiting to pick up your meal.
In order to minimize waste, please bring your own plates, cutlery, picnic blanket(s) and beverage(s). Please note: Alcohol consumption is not permitted on-site.
Dinner for two: $ 59 + HST | Dinner for four: $ 109 + HST | Dinner for six: $ 159 + HST
Pre-registration is required.
Pick up: 6:00pm-7:00pm.
Please bring your own plates and cutlery.
Alcohol consumption prohibited on site.
Rain or shine.
Everyone is welcome.
As organizations that champion accessibility, The Bentway and The Depanneur have teamed up to introduce a pay-it-forward option for this year’s summer food series.
When pre-ordering picnic meals online, guests will be given the opportunity to contribute to a Pay-It-Forward meal. All funds collected as part of the Pay-It-Forward initiative will be used to create fresh meals for The Spadina-Fort York Community Care Program.
PHILIPPINES FEATURING MARIA POLOTAN
The food of the Philippines is complex, as diverse as the more than 100 ethnic groups that populate its 7600+ islands, and overlaid with centuries of Chinese, Southeast Asian, Spanish, and American influences. This Communal Picnic menu by Maria Polotan incorporates local ingredients into traditional Filippino recipes.
- Kinilaw na Tokwa at Labanos
Crispy fried tofu simmered with daikon radish in a spicy, tart, coconut-sap vinegar sauce, and served at room temperature topped with green onions and cilantro.
- Filipino BBQ
A summer BBQ duo of Inihaw na Manok, boneless chicken skewers marinated in a salty-sweet-spicy-tangy marinade, and Insarabasab, smoky cubes of chopped grilled pork belly tossed with sweet red onions and calamansi lime juice.
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Ginataang Kalabasa At Sitaw
Asian squash and long beans simmered in a rich coconut broth flavoured with garlic, ginger, onion, and lemongrass.
Both meals come with ensaladang inihaw na talong, a smoky salad of grilled eggplant with garlic and ginger, and golden annatto-infused rice.
- Maja Blanca
A delicate custard of young coconut juice and meat, coconut milk, corn, milk, sugar, and cornstarch.
*Contains wheat, dairy
ABOUT THE CHEF
Maria Lourdes Polotan grew up in a family where food played a central part on how life was celebrated; the kitchen was where the family congregated and her mother presided. Maria has begun to share sharing her passion for food by cooking for others through her new catering project Mama Linda’s, offering traditional Filipino home cooking with quality local ingredients at pop-up events, catering and at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market in the summer.
*Photo by Ksenija Hotic / © The Depanneur 2021