Communal Table 2023: Summer Solstice Feast

The Bentway and The Depanneur are teaming up again to bring you a fabulous lineup of diverse and delicious dinners. Join Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin (They Feed the People) on June 21 — the eve of the summer solstice and National Indigenous Peoples Day — to celebrate the changing of the seasons, the beauty of Niibin (Summer) and the gifts that it brings to us.

We are excited to bring a specially curated Summer Solstice Feast to the Bentway Communal Table that originates from the sky, the water, the land and the kitchens of our families. We invite you to sit with us as we tell a story through Indigenous ingredients, and offer an experience to see food as understand it – a way to build meaningful relationships.

Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin (They Feed The People) is a Toronto-based Indigenous catering company and food sovereignty project that brings Indigenous fusion foods to catered events, festivals, cultural gatherings and pop-ups around the city. In the summer of 2022, they brought an Indigenous food market to the historic Fort York site that became a busy weekly event feeding hundreds of people and introducing them to Indigenous twists on popular street food recipes. Led by Laurie Hermiston, the “Dash” team is a catering company with a conscience, paying forward a portion of all of their profits to food sovereignty projects in the community.

Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin will also be the recipient of all funds raised by this year’s Pay It Forward program, to support their mission to provide fresh, lovingly prepared food to vulnerable persons in Toronto’s Indigenous community.

Communal Tables opening (Jun 21) and closing (Sep 14) feasts by Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin are priced at $80pp +HST, with all additional proceeds going to support their programs. All other Communal Table dinners are $40 pp.

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Pay it Forward

At check out, you will be invited to optionally contribute towards our Pay It Forward initiative. This year, all Pay it Forward funds go to Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin (They Feed the People) to support the food security needs of Indigenous Elders at Wigwamen Terrace and houseless Indigenous people in Toronto.