Let My People Eat – Passover Supper Club at The Depanneur

JC and I started going to The Depanneur sometime in early 2012, and have been enjoying it ever since. One of my favourite parts of The Dep are Emily Zimmerman’s Wednesday Veg Out Nights and every time she does a supper club evening – especially when it is drawing upon Jewish culinary traditions (such as during Hannukah and Passover.) Yesterday we went to the Depanneur’s Passover Supper Club evening, after excitedly buying tickets last month as soon as they became available. We went last year and had a great time, and I suspect we will just keep going to all future ones too. One of my favourite annual food events. So, there was a great crowd last night, which is a unique aspect of the supper clubs, you get to sit at a long table with strangers. While supper clubs at the Depanneur are not always super chatty, the option is always there – and this one definitely was. It was nice to see some familiar faces (like Cassandra & Erica)  and some folks from completely different spheres at the dinner last night, conversation was lively and friendly- even though many of us had only met within the hour. Anyway, I was a big fan of the evening so really, this is about what we ate. I liked everything, and had a great night. If you like what you see – I recommend visiting one of the vegan supper clubs at The Depanneur or testing the waters with one of the drop in vegan dinners on…

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SUPPER CLUB: Vegan Passover Seder by Emily Zimmerman

Passover is one of the major family celebrations in Jewish culture, replete with generations of culinary tradition. The holiday meal, or seder (a Yiddish word meaning ‘order’ or ‘arrangement’), is combination of food, tradition and ritual that celebrates Jewish identity and the escape from Egyptian slavery over 3300 years ago. Like Jewish culture itself, the seder meal has evolved a lot over the years. For this dinner, Emily Zimmerman brings her creative, vegan spin to a classic Jewish-American holiday menu. Almond and seaweed “gefilte fish” with horseradish mousse on sautéed bitter greens Homemade, wood oven baked matzoh Golden vegetable soup with vegan matzoh balls Eggplant roulade with walnut & cashew ricotta, savoury tomato sauce; served with quinoa tabbouli and roasted root vegetables Flourless chocolate cake $40 +HST Book Now: http://thedepanneur.ca/event/supper-club-vegan-seder-by-emily-zimmerman/ —– Emily Zimmerman is the lady behind Pear and Pepper – a freelance chef cooking deluxe, delicious vegan dishes and retro comfort food like whoah. She can be found at The Depanneur every Wednesday evening, and hosting the occasional Rusholme Park Supper Club or vegan Workshop.

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Vegan Pre-Passover Supper Club from Emily Zimmerman

Chag Sameach to those who are observing Passover this week. Yesterday was the first night of Passover, and we celebrated at JC’s childhood home with family and friends. There was lots of reading (though not by me), and lots and lots of delicious food. Passover retells the story of the Jewish people’s escape from slavery from the Pharaoh, and of course, for me, with my general focus on social justice ties in really well with conversations on the realities of oppression and slavery in modern times as well. So I’ll be reflecting on the world I want to be a part of this week, and actively continue to participate in activities that further those positive goals. However, the night before we had a pre-Passover style supper club with Chef Emily Zimmerman, cooking out of The Depanneur. We had a great feast of cozy hearty Jewish cuisine, and I snapped a few pictures along the way. It’s wonderful to eat traditional style food, where it’s all very similar, you have some idea of what to expect, but everyone has their own unique spin on things. If you’ve never been to a Rusholme Park Supper club, I give a basic run down of what it’s all about in my first taste of the Depanneur post from all the way back in 2012! The supper club isn’t all vegan all the time. Supper club memberships cost $40 and include the cost of the meal. Memberships are only valid for one day so the way…

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SUPPER CLUB: Vegan Passover Seder by Emily Zimmerman

From the event Page: http://thedepanneur.ca/event/vegan-passover-seder-by-emily-zimmerman/ If you’ve never been to a Seder, or you’ve been to too many boring ones, then Emily Zimmerman’s fresh, creative and vegan spin on classic Jewish holiday dishes is for you. The tradition of inviting strangers to Seder has its roots in the Jewish communities of what is now Eastern Europe. In medieval times, poor people would come to the synagogue on the eve of Passover, and they would be invited into people’s homes. A modern interpretation of that tradition encourages Jewish families to practice a hospitality that stands against a world filled with loneliness, alienation and spiritual want. Emily Zimmerman‘s family has been hosting convivial Seders for generations, and combined with her remarkable talents as a vegan cook, make for a fun and delicious evening of tradition and innovation. For over 3000 years, Jews have celebrated Passover (Pesach), a commemoration of the Exodus, the liberation by Moses of the Jewish people from slavery under the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. Over the millennia, many culinary traditions have become part of this celebration; history and culture made manifest at the dinner table for this special holiday meal, the Seder. The traditional Passover seder plate (Ke’ara) features six symbolic foods, plus the iconic matzoh (unleavened bread) each with a special significance to the retelling of the story of the flight from Egypt. These ingredients offer plenty inspiration for a lovely and inventive seasonal menu. First greens salad of local greenhouse lettuces, greens, herbs and sprouts, with vegan deviled eggs. On…

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