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Zane Caplansky

Owner, Caplansky's Deli

Zane Caplansky was born to own a deli. Formerly a business consultant, political assistant, dot com millionaire, apprentice chef, night janitor and lots in between. Zane started Caplansky's Deli in 2008 out of frustration with the lack of good smoked meat in Toronto.

Caplansky opened in the modest Monarch Tavern - credited as Toronto's first pop-up restaurant. Toronto eaters and media quickly took notice of his “Toronto Smoked Meat” (house cured, smoked, spiced and hand-sliced beef brisket) with the Globe and Mail’s Joanne Kates naming it one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2008. In 2009 Caplansky’s Deli opened at 356 College St.

Zane Caplansky has come a long way since then. His busy College St. location boasts a proud sense of old school authenticity as well as a booming catering business. In 2011 Zane launched "Thunderin' Thelma", Toronto's first modern food truck. NOW Magazine readers recently voted the Deli and Thunderin' Thelma "Best in Toronto" honours.

Caplansky's Deli has received an unprecedented level of media attention. In 2013 Zane appeared on CBC's Dragons' Den, Food Network Canada's "You Gotta Eat Here", as a judge in 14 episodes of the same network's "Donut Showdown" and on Food Network USA's hit "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives". Previous television exposure includes 2 previous episodes of "Dragons' Den", Food Network's "Eat Street" and "Restaurant Takeover". Please see caplanskysdeli.com/media for links to various articles and video clips.

Zane recently launched a line of packaged goods starting with four flavours of mustards. Deli meats, bagels, soups, sauces, salads and pickles in 2015, will join the mustards and offer shoppers the chance to enjoy Caplansky’s Deli at home.

2014 will also see Caplansky open two outlets at Pearson International Airport and a 6000 sq. ft. catering facility in Toronto’s west end followed by Caplansky’s Emporium next year. Exciting times for a business that The New York Times says “rivals any of the legendary New York delis.” (March 2014)
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Why I'm Sponsoring the Toronto Palestinian Film Festival

Six months ago I decided to sponsor the Toronto Palestinian Film Festival. The truth is, I didn't screen the content of the films because I didn't make the decision to sponsor this festival to support any one perspective. I sponsored it as a small and humble effort to break down barriers so that both Jews and Palestinians care share each others stories. There was no ulterior motive here -- lets just get together over good food and share stories.
08/06/2014 07:53 EDT