Zane Caplansky

Speaker, Celebrity


Zane Caplansky

Deli King, Caplansky’s Deli | Food Television Personality

Zane Caplansky was born to own a deli. Now one of Canada’s most successful and well-known restaurateurs, Zane’s path to smoked-meat success was a haphazard one. With jobs along the way that included acting as a political assistant, becoming a business consultant, and owning an e-learning dot com, it was his insatiable craving for the perfect sandwich that finally saw him shifting his course to realize a dream he wasn’t completely aware he even had. Sharing his inspiring story of how he found and followed his passion, Zane helps audiences ignite the spark of success in their own lives.

Zane started Caplansky’s Deli in 2008 out of frustration with the lack of good smoked meat in Toronto, opening what was later credited as the city’s first pop-up restaurant. Eaters and media quickly took note, with The Globe and Mail’s Joanne Kates naming it one of the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants” that year.

Since 2008, Zane has opened other outlets, including one at Pearson International Airport, and he has plans to open “Caplansky’s Emporium” in the near future. Exciting times for a business that The New York Times says “rivals any of the legendary New York delis.”

Ever increasing in visibility Zane has appeared on Dragons’ Den; You Gotta Eat Here; Eat St; Restaurant Takeover; Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives; as a judge in 14 episodes of Donut Showdown; and he hosts a radio show on Newstalk1010 called “Let’s Eat”.


Follow Your Craving

Zane Caplansky was born to own a deli. Now one of Canada’s most successful and well-known restaurateurs, Zane’s path to smoked-meat success was a haphazard one. With jobs along the way that included acting as a political assistant, becoming a business consultant, and owning an e-learning dot com, it was his insatiable craving for the perfect sandwich that finally saw him shifting his course to realize a dream he wasn’t completely aware he even had. Sharing his inspiring story of how he found and followed his passion, Zane helps audiences ignite the spark of success in their own lives.

Zane Caplansky on Culture Change

If change is hard then changing the way a city eats is an enormous undertaking. But that is exactly what Zane Caplansky accomplished as the pioneer and leader of Toronto’s food truck movement. Working within “the system”, having and communicating clear goals, identifying allies, being willing to negotiate, patience and persistence were all on his menu for success. Listening to his story of how he won the hearts, minds and stomachs of the key decision makers at City Hall, you’ll understand why he was named by The Globe and Mail as one of “10 People Who Got Things Done in 2014”. More importantly, you can apply these principles to your own projects no matter how big or tasty.

Celebrity Services

Zane Caplansky is available for sponsorships, endorsements, public relations and media spokesperson campaigns, product launches, voiceovers, celebrity appearances, and more.