Thursday, July 1, 2010
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.