Thursday, July 1, 2010

Kubideh Kitchen



Conflict Kitchen is an amazing project located in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  From their website, "Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries that the United States is in conflict with."  The first kitchen - Kubideh Kitchen serves food from Iran.  Kubideh Kitchen worked with the local Iranian community to develop the project.  They are serving Kubideh, served with baked barbari bread, onion, mint and basil.  The sandwich wrapper is printed with interviews from Iranians in Pittsburgh and Iran and spans a range of topics. 

I'm completely excited about this project - it's deeply satisfying to see people come together with positive energy and conversation to peacefully address culture and community in a time of war.  I wish I had been a part of their first gathering, a dinner held simultaneously in Pittsburgh and Iran connected via Skype and the shared experience of the dinner table.  The kitchen will change every 4 months and highlight a different country with each iteration.  If you're local to Pittsburgh, be sure to partake in the experience by visiting the take-out stand (it's next to their first ongoing project, The Waffle Shop).  Visit their website for information on hours, performances, events and offerings. 

2 comments:

  1. This is a genius idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Dear Moop,

    Thank you for featuring Conflict Kitchen in your article "Kubideh Kitchen" on July 1st.

    We have recently launched a campaign on Kickstarter.com, a website that helps innovative projects get funding. We have had a successful launch with Kubideh Kitchen and have sparked many conversations about Iranian culture and politics. Now we need your help in making our next
    stage of Conflict Kitchen as successful as our last.

    In October, Kubideh Kitchen will go out of business and change identities in order to highlight and provoke discussion around Afghan culture. We would greatly appreciate if you wrote a follow-up
    blog post highlighting our Kickstarter pledge drive to help us reach our goal of $4,000 by the end of September. Donations will go towards the creation of our next iteration, Bolani Pazi, which will serve Afghan food wrapped in a custom-designed wrapper printed with Afghan perspectives and opinions. Your blog post will be featured in our newsletter and other marketing media.

    Here is a link to our page, which includes a video and blurb explaining our efforts:

    www.kickstarter.com/projects/1859717557/conflict-kitchen

    Thank you in for your continued support and interest.

    Dawn Weleski
    Conflict Kitchen
    http://www.ConflictKitchen.org

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