Sharing Circle: “Around the Kitchen Table” Tasting

Feb 26, 2023 - Feb 26, 2023 | ArtLounge

1:30 - 2:30 p.m

“The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction.” – Laurie Colwin

There is no better way to learn about another culture than through their food and how it is served. Come join us for a tasting that builds a bridge between two cultures: Indigenous and Jewish. Chef Swaneige and Zera Café have come together to create a tasting menu of delicious canapés and hors d’oeuvres highlight the best that each community has to offer. Space is limited

Full Menu

Zera Café

  • Israeli Corn Salad
  • Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad
  • Potato Latkes
  • Honey Cake
  • Brownie Bites with Halva 

Chef Swaneige

  • Venison Tartelette with Capsicum and Blackberries
  • Bannock 
  • Bison Sage with Green Beans
  • Smoked Chanterelles
  • Three Sisters Salad
  • Polenta Wedges with Bruschetta
  • Marinated Arctic Char on Cucumber

$20/Regular  $15/Indigenous & Student  $18/Subscriber
Weekend Pass – See it all for 20% off! (Available by phone only)

*Please note that events in this space are accessible by staircase. Low-mobility and wheelchair access to the lower level can be accessed through our delivery dock but requires advanced notice and may not always be available.


Zera Café is a not-for-profit social enterprise catering business that employs people with developmental disabilities. Their missions are twofold: to grow a catering business that provides supportive and meaningful work for people with developmental disabilities, and to produce modern Israeli cuisine that is delicious, innovative, and vegetable-focused. Zera means Seed in Hebrew, which reflects the essence of this vision – inclusion and diversity in hiring people who grow and flourish as valued employees and community members.



Swaneige Bertrand is a multidisciplinary artist from the Acho Dene koe nation of the Northwest Territories as well as a Quebecer. Trained at John Abbott College in Theatrical Design, Swaneige began her career in the industry as a sound and light technician for the National Film Board. She then specialized as a costume designer and stylist. She is also the chef and owner of the caterer Chef Swaneige with which she enjoys creating dishes that highlight traditional Indigenous flavours. The incorporation of the Three Sisters -corn, beans, and squash- pays tribute to the Mohawk's pillars of traditional agriculture. While the expression of pride in indigenous identity is evident in her dishes, Chef Swaneige never shies away from fusion and experimentation that iterates upon tradition in delightfully new and delicious ways. She hopes you will love the specialty cocktail spread she has prepared for you, and that the culinary world of the First Nations might capture your hearts and palettes.