Private Events
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We use two venues; they each have very unique styles and atmospheres and are used for different types of events, with some commonality between them.
510 Eglinton Ave. West
Chef Maxine Knight's Food Studio
A beautiful, modern kitchen run by (you guessed it 🙂 ) the lovely Chef Maxine.

It can hold about 14 people and is located a few blocks east of Eglinton Ave. West and Chaplin Crescent, upstairs above The Abbot pub, a wonderful local bar. 
There is a large GREEN P parking lot directly behind the venue.

It is accessible from BURNABY BLVD and CASTLE KNOCK RD. Rates are about $3/hour (but always check!).
Green P website
The #32 Bus route has several stops nearby, for both east & west bound.

The #32 is also a blue-light route - i.e. it runs 24 hrs.
#32 Bus Route TTC website
1033 College St.
The Depanneur
The Depanneur is a delightfully informal and charming venue downtown, just east of College & Dufferin.

Founded in 2011 by Len Senater, it is a very special place to Maria - it's where she hosted her very first workshops and drop-in dinners! Len is a superb host and a great person to know.
There is decent street parking in the general area (always check the street signs!).

If you don't mind a solid 15min walk, then you can park at either Dufferin Mall or the 'Green P' lot down south, at Ossington & Dundas St. West.
Green P website
TTC Streetcar
The #506 Streetcar ("Carlton") stops immediately adjacent to the The Depanneur.
#506 Bus Route TTC website


Our workshops follow a simple structure, organised towards keeping everything understandable, moving along and fun!
Guests are very important in Polish custom. Each guest to the workshop is offered a classic Polish appetizer such as borscht, a heartwarming beetroot broth.

This helps sets the tone for the evening, creating a welcoming, open and friendly environment.
A mini-presentation about Polish food & culture follows the initial introductions. Maria will give some cultural background of both herself and the dish we'll be making, as well as some brief pointers on Polish culture in general. Short, sweet and to the point 🙂.

Then we roll up our sleeves (literally!) and dive into learning to make that workshop’s traditional Polish dish!
Making & Cooking 
Maria will clearly explain the various steps and stages involved in making the dish. 

These workshops are fundamentally based on the idea that hands-on experience is far, far better than learning "at a distance"; so, at each stage guests will be actually practicing what Maria is describing. 

Rolling, kneading and forming the dough, cutting shapes, learning about fillings - you'll do everything in person, with the exact same ingredients and utensils you'll need at home.
Maria is very approachable and helpful; she will work with each student in turn, working her way around the group as you progress through the workshop.

Everyone learns at different rates and Maria is very aware of this fact. She will make each step an engaging and fun process, no matter your learning speed, age or cooking ability.
Live Singing & Folk Music
Singing while making food, or indeed during any work, is a deeply Polish tradition so in each workshop, as you make your dish, Maria will sing songs from the Polish highlands! She is a trained choral soprano and a very entertaining performer.
Polky VIllage Band
Some workshops will also have a live Polish folk music band, the Polky Village Band, lead by Ewelina Ferenc. They are one of the GTA's premier folk music bands, playing a wide range of traditional music and instruments. 
Communal Meal
A communal meal follows each workshop, where we eat our creations! We provide extra fixings such as Polish salads, a complimentary shot of vodka (if you wish) or a refreshing class of kompot– a rural non-alcoholic sweet beverage prepared from several kinds of dried fruit, served cool.

Remainders can be taken home and frozen (if you can resist eating them on the way! 🙂 )
So there you have it; each workshop follows this same basic pattern, with some small variations (such as if the Polky Village Band will be joining us).

Generally, a workshop lasts about 2.5 - 3 hours, depending on the dish in question. They are interesting, fun events and well worth your time!


Corporate bookings are workshops booked through or with your company or employer.
These workshops can be a really great occasion to reward your employees or colleagues with a fun, hands-on food workshop.

Our workshops also make great welcoming & goodbye gifts, providing an ideal environment for a group to bond and enjoy each other's company outside the office.

We can come to your offices or we can arrange a workshop at our regular venue, 510 EGLINTON AVE. WEST.

Feel free to email us with any questions.
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Private bookings are workshops we would host in your home or another venue selected by you.
They are excellent events for:
    Seasonal holidays or gifts (e.g. Christmas)
    Stag & stagette parties
    Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, 
    Bridal showers, etc.

The rates are a little more, as they are usually smaller class sizes, but you can’t beat the intimacy and fun of a workshop right there, in your own kitchen!

Depending on the scale of the event we can also include the Polky Village Band into a private workshop.

Please email us directly through the contact form provided with any questions.
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If you have any dietary restrictions, please do let us know in advance.
Generally, our workshops are not gluten free. However, we do regularly run vegan & gluten-free public workshops.

Also, if gluten-free dough is provided in a particular workshop then there will an opportunity to "Choose Your Dough" when booking, with the choice being between Standard Dough or Gluten-Free.
Please note that there are usually limited amounts of GF dough provided - essentially, we make it to order. So it is best to select GF Dough only if that is an actual dietary need.

For private events (e.g. in your home/work place) we can customize the workshops to your specific needs, where possible with the particular dish.

There is a "Notes" area provided when booking your tickets.
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