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When Communal Dining Transforms Into Cultural Exchange and Debate

More than a culinary celebration, this event will focus on how the dishes being consumed are tied to themes of colonization, appropriation, and resistance.

Reem Assil (photo copyright Nader Khouri 2019)

Engaging all our senses and triggering childhood memories of family, food is a most profound representation of identity. Recipes passed down from generation to generation tell us something about who we are and where we come from. The tradition of breaking bread with others is not just a ritual of belonging, however, but an opportunity to share ideas and cultures with those of different backgrounds as well.

Based around the concept of the sofra, or Palestinian communal dining table, Sofra Daymeh envisions a shared meal as an opportunity for cultural exchange and challenging debate. Organized by designer and urban planner Daleen Saah, the event will accommodate 60 guests seated at four tables. One participant at each table will serve as a facilitator to guide discussion throughout the meal, which will feature Palestinian cuisine prepared by celebrated Palestinian– and Syrian–American chef Reem Assil. More than a culinary celebration, the evening’s conversations will focus on how the dishes being consumed are tied to themes of colonization, appropriation, and resistance. Each guest will receive a zine created by Saah featuring recipes, essays, poems, and resources for Palestinian solidarity.

When: Saturday, September 7, 7pm (tickets: $45–$75)
Where: Navel (1611 S. Hope Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info at Navel.la.

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