Thank you everybody. Our campaign is now over.
Newcomer Kitchen: Cooking Up Opportunity
$27,849 raised
111% of $25k goal
395 contributors
0 days left
Ended Oct 14, 2016
Transforming a simple idea — inviting Syrian refugee women to cook in our kitchen — into an exciting new pop-up food concept that turns newcomer talent into delicious food, income and a model that could work with any group, in any kitchen, in any city. More

Huffington PostNewcomer Kitchen:
Cooking Up Opportunity
 

Hi, I’m Len Senater, and for the last 5 years I have run The Depanneur, a food venue dedicated to showcasing the amazing diversity of culinary talent that we have in Toronto. In that time I have hosted thousands of pop-up food events and have learned a thing or two about the great things that can happen when you invite people to cook in your space. This path has led to an exciting new food idea: Newcomer Kitchen.

CBC Metro MorningA Simple Idea

In March 2016, like many of us, I became aware of the many Syrian families who were being housed in hotels, some for months at a time, without any access to kitchens to cook for themselves or their families. I thought, “I have a kitchen; how could I make it available to them?”

By mid-April, with the help of Cara Benjamin-Pace and a passionate group of volunteers — including refugees from the hotels — we were able to invite a group of Syrian women to come cook in our kitchen. The experience was amazing, full of chatter, laughter and incredible food. The pictures we posted of the day went viral, with thousands of views, likes and supportive comments. That’s when we really knew we were onto something important.

NewsyBuilding A Prototype

By early May the newcomers had found homes, and their focus shifted from making food to making a living. So we put the meals for sale online, and they sold out in a matter of hours. This provided enough revenue to pay for all the ingredients, kitchen costs, and still have a few hundred dollars left for the cooks. We now had the foundation of a new kind of food movement, one that could transform newcomer talent into amazing food, meaningful cultural exchange and real economic opportunity.

The project became a magnet for amazing volunteers and a remarkable brain trust. New opportunities kept appearing: a Syrian brunch pop-up, a bread baking project, a gardening project, catering offers, even a path to creating a Syrian pop-up restaurant… As other restaurants began to approach us, it became clear that the potential impact was huge — that this idea could work for any newcomers, in any kitchen, in any city in the world!

Toronto Star It’s Bigger Than Us

At the same time, the project began to attract an unprecedented amount of media attention — NOW Magazine, CBC Metro Morning, Toronto Star, Huffington Post, Globe and Mail, Vice, and more. With online videos of the Newcomer Kitchen project topping 140,000 views, now is the moment to act to make this project permanent and sustainable, so that it can fulfill its true potential.

But we also learned that it was a lot harder than we ever imagined. Amazing food was not the problem — the real challenge was enabling people who face so many complex issues to participate. To make this work, a vast amount of volunteer co-ordination, transportation, childcare, translation and administrative support needed to be in place.

NOW MagazineRealizing the Potential

That brings us to today. We are launching a crowd-funding campaign to help sustain the project while we establish Newcomer Kitchen as its own stand-alone, nonprofit entity. Once established, Newcomer Kitchen will be able to: 

  • support the participation of newcomer cooks
  • pay our newcomer liaisons for the incredible amount of work they do to co-ordinate this project. 
  • realize the full potential of the Newcomer Kitchen model
  • spread this idea into other kitchens, neighbourhoods, and cities 

The money we raise will be spent on:

  •        Salaries for our key newcomer liaisons
  •        Legal and Accounting costs associated with incorporating a nonprofit
  •        Translation services
  •        IT and Administrative support
  •        The development of a playbook to inspire and guide other restaurants to open their kitchens to the incredible potential of newcomer cooks

Money raised will NOT be revenue for The Depanneur or any other participating kitchens.

Facebook GroupNewcomers+Kitchens=Opportunity

In January they were seeking refuge. In March, they were stuck in hotels with no kitchens at all. In April they were cooking for their families at The Depanneur. In May their weekly pop-up was selling out in a matter of hours. In June they had been invited to cater over 1000 meals at the Luminato Festival alongside some of Toronto’s best chefs. And we’ve only just begun to unpack the possibilities.

What we’ve proven is this: that with a little bit of help, newcomers can use restaurant kitchens to make amazing food and earn money for their families.

Newcomer Kitchen is that bit of help.

Invest in our FundRazr campaign, and you can be a part of creating this opportunity; an opportunity for joy, pride and dignity; an opportunity to make our world a more delicious place to be.

Thank you, from all of us at Newcomer Kitchen.

Thank YouShare and Follow Us Online

Follow us on Twitter or Instagram @newcomerkitchen
Add your email to our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/bYqCnj
Email us directly at info@newcomerkitchen.ca
Check for updates on our website: newcomerkitchen.ca

To buy Newcomer Kitchen meals

The menus are announced every Monday in The Depaneur's email newsletter, website and facebook page, as well as on the Newcomer Kitchen webpage and facebook group.
Meals are $20 +HST, and go on sale starting on Tues am.
Meals are available Thursday between 6-7pm, for pickup or free delivery (within 3km — courtesy of foodora).
Each week there is also 1 Guest Cook position available for sale for $50, where you can spend the day cooking and sharing the meal with the Newcomer Kitchen.
Newcomer Kitchen
Activity highlights See all 395
Follow this campaign to receive updates by email.

Newcomer Kitchen: Cooking Up Opportunity Community

Our community shows our leading supporters and the contributions they've made or inspired by sharing our campaign. Learn more

to get your personal share link and see your position in our community.

How it works
To appear in our community, simply make a contribution to our campaign and show your name, or inspire a contribution from someone else by sharing your personal link (below). The more contributions you make or inspire, the higher you'll go and the more the campaign will benefit.

Perks

$25
10% Off Newcomer Kitchen Coupon
  • 61 claimed
A coupon for 10% off the purchase of a Newcomer Kitchen meal from The Depanneur for pickup or delivery. PLUS a heartfelt Thank You from the whole Newcomer Kitchen community.
More ... Less ...
$30
LUSH Cosmetics Gift Pack
  • 10 claimed
  • 40 remaining
A selection of all-natural, Canadian-made beauty products from LUSH, including Enzymion Moisturizer, The Olive Branch Shower Gel, and Love And Light Hand Cream. Retail value $70. PICKUP ONLY.
More ... Less ...
$50
15% Off Newcomer Kitchen Coupon +
  • 74 claimed
A coupon for 15% off the purchase of a Newcomer Kitchen meal from The Depanneur for pickup or delivery. PLUS a thank you postcard and your name is inscribed our online Donor Wall.
More ... Less ...
$200
Newcomer Kitchen Gift Certificate
  • 19 claimed
Gift Certificate redeemable for 1 Newcomer Kitchen meal from The Depanneur, for pickup or delivery (within 3 km)
More ... Less ...
$500
VIP Invitation to Newcomer Kitchen Supper Club
  • 5 claimed
A VIP invitation to an upcoming Newcomer Kitchen supper club event.
More ... Less ...
$30
LUSH Cosmetics Gift Pack
  • 101 claimed
  • 0 remaining
A selection of all-natural, Canadian-made beauty products from LUSH, including Enzymion Moisturizer, The Olive Branch Shower Gel, and Love And Light Hand Cream. Retail value $70. PICKUP ONLY.
More ... Less ...
$150 + free shipping
Signed Copy Flatbreads & Flavors by Naomi Duguid
  • 1 claimed
  • 0 remaining
Ships Worldwide
As they have pursued their passions for travel and exploring culture through food, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid have found an internationally shared and nourishing element of culture and cuisine: flatbreads, humankind's simplest, oldest, and most remarkably varied form of bread.

In their James Beard Award-winning cookbook Flatbreads and Flavors Alford and Duguid share more than sixty recipes for flatbreads of every origin and descriptio. In addition, they provide 150 recipes for traditional accompaniments to the flatbreads, from chutneys and curries, salsas and stews, to such delectable pairings as Chinese Spicy Cumin Kebabs wrapped in Uighur nan or Lentils with Garlic, Onion, and Tomato spooned onto chapatti. Redolent with the tastes and aromas of the world's hearths, Flatbreads and Flavors maps a course through cultures old and intriguing, and, with clear and patient recipes, makes accessible to the novice and experienced baker alike the simple and satisfying bread baker's art.
More ... Less ...
$150 + free shipping
Signed Copy of Burma by Naomi Duguid
  • 1 claimed
  • 0 remaining
Ships Worldwide
Naomi Duguid’s heralded cookbooks have always transcended the category to become “something larger and more important” (Los Angeles Times). Each in its own way is “a breakthrough book . . . a major contribution” (The New York Times). And as Burma opens up after a half century of seclusion, who better than Duguid―the esteemed author of Hot Sour Salty Sweet―to introduce the country and its food and flavors to the West.

The best way to learn about an unfamiliar culture is through its food, and in Burma: Rivers of Flavor, readers will be transfixed by the splendors of an ancient and wonderful country, untouched by the outside world for generations, whose simple recipes delight and satisfy and whose people are among the most gracious on earth.
More ... Less ...
$150 + free shipping
Signed Copy of Levant by Anissa Helou
  • 5 claimed
  • 0 remaining
Ships Worldwide
Anissa Helou’s Levant is a collection of mouth-watering recipes inspired by Anissa’s family and childhood in Beirut and Syria, and her travels around the exciting regions of the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Levant, or rising of the sun, is the crossroads where western Asia, eastern Mediterranean and northwest Africa meet. A land that is culturally diverse but united by common culinary threads.
In this personal tour Anissa introduces the stunning food of Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Palestine and Jordan. She draws them together through the themes of family, farm, souks (markets), restaurants, bakeries and the sweetmakers and attempts to record the food traditions of countries that are changing beyond recognition and at risk of disappearing.
Levant includes 150 inspired recipes for soups and sides, salads and mezze, meats, fish and vegetarian, sweets, preserves and breads.
More ... Less ...
$150 + free shipping
Signed Copy of Seductions of Rice by Naomi Duguid
  • 1 claimed
  • 0 remaining
Ships Worldwide
With a depth of passion and experience, and an ability to embrace and convey richness of place and taste, the authors of the groundbreaking Flatbreads and Flavors and the later award-winning Hot Sour Salty Sweet embarked on a far-reaching excursion to find the world's most essential and satisfying food. Along the way, they experienced firsthand dozens of varieties of rice, offering unimaginable subtleties of taste, as well as a staggering array of foods to accompany them, all providing a simple way to get flavor and variety on the table.
Seductions of Rice is the glorious result: two hundred easy-to-prepare dishes from the world's great rice cuisines, illuminated by stories, insights, and more than two hundred photographs of people, places, and wonderful food.

Seductions of Rice will change the way we eat, the way we prepare and appreciate our food. It's as easy as putting a pot of rice on to cook!
More ... Less ...
Show Discontinued Perks
$50
LUSH Cosmetics Gift Pack
Price Drop!
$100
LUSH Cosmetics Gift Pack
$200
Signed Copy of Levant by Anissa Helou
Price Drop!

People just like you

People just like you have raised $105,000,000+ for causes they and their friends care about.

Start your own campaign
Recent contributions