We open for the season May 2020!
As you walk through the doors of The Table Culinary Studio, your senses are immediately engaged. The essence of community fills this former New London United Church, alive with a history of events that brought people together within its walls. What better place to congregate and share in a unique culinary experience than a space that was created for the gathering of family and friends?
The former New London United Church that now houses The Table Culinary Studio was built in 1953 through the generous donations of its members and supporters. In recognition of that community commitment, every effort has been made to preserve the building’s distinctive architectural features and to honour its origins, creating a true wow factor.
Exposed trusses and streams of natural light radiating through stained glass windows establish a leisurely atmosphere of relaxation. The original pulpit built by Marshall Constable has been incorporated into the new upper level of the building, providing a focal point for speakers addressing guests at private functions. A custom-built spiral staircase leads up to the church tower and a pastoral landscape view that must be seen to be fully appreciated – a panorama for photographers and other artists.
Prince Edward Island is known for its gentle, friendly atmosphere. It is also a place where family traditions remain alive and well. Our Island is a place where friends and family continue to gather around the kitchen table regardless of reason, regardless of season. That sense of gathering and belonging is what we strive to achieve when you visit us.
During our Culinary Classes, we’ll introduce you to traditional PEI recipes and the latest culinary innovations, always with a sense of humour. We’ll explain the effect and impact of each ingredient and answer any questions you may have. We’ll guide you step-by-step through cooking techniques as you produce your own meal of authentic food… made almost entirely of ingredients produced and harvested right here on our beautiful Island.
At our Intimate Island Dinners, we'll introduce you to our local North Shore food community. The food that is served a The Table Culinary Studio is organically farmed, pasture raised and fished by friends of ours from within a 10 minutes drive radius and is often picked by Chef Derrick himself for the evening meal. When the meal is ready, gather round our 12-foot long harvest table built by local artisan Todd Woodside using 140-year-old attic boards salvaged from a nearby home as we share stories and captivate your imagination with accounts of Island fact and fiction over fine food.
CHEF DERRICK Hoare
As far back as I can remember I have always chosen a unique path. My search for the eclectic has led me in a number of wonderful directions and to some very satisfying places. I have spent the majority of my adult life in the service of seniors, have played professional sports, flown planes, mediated labour disputes, acted in TV and movies, and trained as a Chef.
I was born and raised in small town Ontario, and grew up loving the outdoors. There is something special about being outside and at one with nature. The earth speaks to us through the fields, mountains, seas and rivers. All my life I have heard and seen the beauty of nature, and I really think that is why I have settled here on Prince Edward Island.
PEI is also known as the birthplace of Canada, and I love that the idea of creating a nation was born on this small Island. Even though I am “from away”, I have made my home here. I have had the opportunity to put my hands to work making lobster traps, earned my Cork designation on a 45’ Hutt fishing boat, helped catch 4,000 lobsters, been part of a crew that caught both a 400 lb. and an 800 lb. tuna, made spat collectors for oyster farming, and cleaned my fair share of eel nets. I relish opportunities to learn hands-on from Island fishers and farmers, and experience the hard work and ultimate joy of cultivating the food we serve at The Table Culinary Studio.
My most cherished pastime is creating culinary events for friends and family using fresh Island ingredients from the sea and red soil. I enjoy gathering people from different places at one table to share an Island experience built on incredible food, colourful stories and lots of laughs. My goal for The Table is to give you an Island culinary experience that will inspire you to recreate it and share it with your friends and family.
Executive Chef Taylore Darnel
Passion is not optional. Inspiration is crucial. My passion is food in all its gorgeous gastronomic glory…the sheer abundance of ingredients available here and from the world inspire me to create – and even more importantly, bring inspiration to someone else’s life!
I graduated with honours from the Professional Culinary Arts program at the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver and the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. I also studied as a CGA and spent much time combining the “Corporate Gig’ and my food knowledge, but ultimately changed my life to focus on what I love: creating food that transcends language and feeds people’s souls as well as their bellies.
With restaurant and catering management and production experience, I worked in kitchen roles at a farm-to-table winery bistro in the Okanagan region of British Columbia, at a Relais et Chateaux dining room on Salt Spring Island, and co-owned Salt Spring’s first food truck, creating high-end comfort food. Having lived on two islands on the West coast of Canada for 12 years, I am at home with the culture of ‘island life’ and all that it involves.
I am a passionate advocate of farm/water/forest-to-table sustainable cuisine, and love geeking out over foraging, fermentation and total utilization. As much as I have learned about food (and whisky, wine, and everything ‘craft distilled’) the more I am fascinated by things yet to learn and enjoy. I love teaching – empowering people with the magic of creating beautiful, delicious food celebrating its’ origins and terroir, and creating experiences that can be truly life-changing.
The history of the PEI-specific culinary story is fascinating, and working with The Table allows me to immerse myself in a passion with the things I love most – food, people, and creativity. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you to share a fun and inspiring experience!
Prince Edward Island is my happy place. For me is it is a place of community, hard working people, breathtaking natural beauty and as Anne so aptly put it, plenty of “scope for the imagination”. Along with Chefs Derrick and Taylore, I take great joy in working in partnership with local farmers and fishers, and sharing the restored church, our food and Island stories with everyone who visits The Table.
Originally from Toronto, I have Maritime roots, with family still living in Nova Scotia where I spent many fun-filled summers. With an education in archaeology and work experience in corporate office administration, I have been a part of The Table since it’s inception. I organize, implement and help run classes, dinners, events and weddings. It is my heartfelt goal to make each moment of your time with us into a wonderful memory.
I can’t resist getting in the kitchen with the Chefs though to learn, laugh and create. I now teach our Artisan Bread class and make the occasional dessert for our guests. I hope you will join us at The Table and let us share with you our love of the Island, it’s incredible food and the amazing farmers and fishers who make it all possible.