Communal Picnic with The Depanneur – Spain
August 5 @ 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.
SPAIN FEATURING JOSE ARATO
Paella is often thought of as the Spanish national dish, but it is really a specialty of Valencia, though it has countless regional variations. This classic rice dish has five key ingredients: short-grain rice, saffron, pimentón (smoked paprika), olive oil, and the large, shallow paellera pan from which the dish gets its name. José Arato, owner and Head Chef of Pimentón, has built an enthusiastic following around his take on this classic dish at Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market, and will be preparing his paella live on-site in his giant 100 cm wide paellera!
- Arugula, Chèvre & Beet Salad
Fresh and colourful, this classic combination of flavours is finished off with a mix of toasted seeds for a bit of crunch, and a side of crusty bread.
- Chicken & Chorizo Paella
One of José’s signature dishes, this delicious paella features fresh chicken and paprika-infused Spanish chorizo sausage, with onion, garlic, tomatoes, green peas and red peppers, all cooked together with short-grain rice in a saffron-scented sofrito and rich chicken stock.Also available #vegetarian: lima bean, chickpeas & peppers paella prepared with saffron-infused vegetable stock.
- Crema Catalana
A traditional Spanish dessert similar to creme brûlée, but cooked on the stove instead of the oven. Crema catalana uses citrus peel and sometimes cinnamon to flavour the custard, and the crisp sugar crust is traditionally caramelized using a special small round hot iron.
*Contains dairy, eggs
ABOUT THE CHEF
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.