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    We teach you how to make a dish from one of several different cultures, accompanied by LIVE singing and music from that particular heritage.
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    All our workshops have live singing and most have a live band also, playing traditional music appropriate to that culture.
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    In the spirit of working & eating together, everyone puts in some of their own creations into a common pot.
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Nuit Blanche 2018

SEPTEMBER 29th, beside Old City Hall
"Less Sleep, More Art"...and pierogi!

James Street & Queen Street

Ken Lum, Artist

We are part of his work, the International Dumpling Festival
The installation is sited on James Street, an area that was home to a variety of ethnic cafes and delis, which were eradicated in the mid-20th century.
International Dumpling Festival brings some of these foods—and the stories behind them—temporarily back to the neighborhood, using stalls selling various types of dumplings from different cultures.

Pierogi

Just Be Cooking will be selling Polish Pierogi, Borscht and Sauerkraut!
We are extremely proud to have been invited to be part of this lovely installation!
Our founder and Polish Workshop host, Maria Rozynska, will be on-site (all night!) manning the stall.

Nuit Blanche Menu

$6
for 6 Pierogi
$3
for 1 Cup Borscht (with bread)
$2
for 1 Serving of Sauerkraut
WANT FREE EXTRA PIEROGI?
Head to our Workshops page and scroll down for a special phrase!
Valid in person that night only :)
See you on the 29th!

OUR WORKSHOPS

We teach you how to make a dish from one of several different cultures, accompanied by live singing and music from that particular heritage.
This is wrapped up with a communal meal and more live music. These are very social, fun and engaging events with a strong cultural component.
Each Workshop holds from 8 - 14 people and runs for about 2.5 - 3 hrs.

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LIVE MUSIC & SINGING

All our workshops have live singing accompaniment. Most have a live band also, playing music from that culture.
The musicians and singers at each workshop are always from that country or culture, playing music that is specifically traditional or native to their heritage. Often the bands use traditional, older instruments that are unique to their music.
For example, our Polish Pierogi workshops often have the Polish folk band, Polky Village Band, playing traditional Polish folk music. Our French Pastries workshop has Minuit A Paris, a band playing classic French music in the style of Edith Piaf.
POLISH PIEROGI WORKSHOP
A video of one of our Polish Pierogi Workshops
An example of Maria Rozynska's Polish singing.

COMMUNAL MEAL

In the spirit of working & eating together, everyone puts in 3-5 of their own creations into a common pot.
This helps the workshop end on a social, communal note rather than everyone simply downing tools and walking away. The meal gives us all a chance to unwind, chitchat, compare notes and soak up some music.
Also, after all that work during the class you are guaranteed to be hungry - and a what's better than a meal you've made yourself, augmented with side dishes, condiments and toppings, accompanied by LIVE music?

Communal Meal

In the spirit of working & eating together, everyone puts in 3-5 of their own creations into a common pot.
This helps the workshop end on a  social, communal note, rather than everyone simply downing tools and walking away. Also, after all that work during the class you are guaranteed to be hungry - and a what's better than a meal you've made yourself, augmented with side dishes, condiments and toppings, accompanied by LIVE music? This gives everyone a chance to unwind, chitchat, compare notes and soak up some music.
EXAMPLE Polish Pierogi Workshops 
Your pierogi are immediately cooked and served with sour cream and warm caramelized onion toppings. 

We also provide various extra dishes, each one with a strong Polish theme and history. The remainders can be taken home and frozen - if you can resist eating them on the way home! ;)

REVIEWS

"I went to Maria's pierogi workshop at The Dépanneur and it was such fun. I would definitely recommend it!"

Vanessa LeBlanc

Facebook review
"What an awesome cultural experience! [..] Highly recommend especially as a date night or with a friend!"

Luis Serrano

Fundamentals of Play
"It was an amazing workshop and a lot of fun! You were a great host Maria. [...] Everything was so well organized, clean, informative and yummy! "

Alexandra Serra

Facebook review
"I wish Maria would open up a place of her own so all of us can get on with celebrating her gorgeous Polish cuisine daily!

Sang Kim

Chef
Sushi Making for the Soul
"Really tasty meal, wonderful atmosphere and lots of great learning. Very authentic, too. Thank you Maria!"

Selina Gonzalez

Air BnB review
Between the wonderful people I met, the beautiful Polish folk music, and amazing instruction, I’m already looking forward to my next Polish cooking lesson!"

Alana DeHaan

Facebook review
"Maria is a warm and engaging person who helps foster conversation, culture and cooking skills [...] while performing songs in a pleasing sonorous voice. This class is a total delight to the senses!"

Alice Blue

Air BnB review
"Amazing little workshop! My sister and I traveled from Ottawa to Toronto just for this workshop."

Erika Hille

Facebook review

LOCATIONS

We host our workshops at several different locations within Toronto. We use classic workshop/event venues as well as some lovely restaurants.
You can learn more about each location (e.g. Parking, TTC access, etc)  here.
Each spot has a very distinct personality and style, allowing us to stay fresh and new with each event!

LETS TALK!

We are very proactive and always open to meeting new people and making fresh connections. We have a very collaborative approach and love to try something new!
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CORPORATE EVENTS

Want to thank your hard-working employees? Need to give a colleague a birthday gift from the office? Or looking to organize a night out for the team, something different and fun?
A relaxed and very rewarding Workshop can be easily arranged. We can come to a venue you suggest or host an event at one of our locations.
Please fill out the attached form and we can start organizing your next social event!
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Just Be Cooking  & Maria Rozynska 2018
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