Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Conflict Kitchen

This art/peace project/restaurant has been quite the inspiration lately. I've been wanting to comment more on it, but I really believe the video above and quotes below speak for themselves!

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 food is served out of a take-out style storefront, which will rotate identities every 4 months to highlight another country. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration will be augmented by events, performances, and discussion about the the culture, politics, and issues at stake with each county we focus on."

From their Kickstarter page

"It is easy to forget that behind all of the government conflicts there are people and a culture. When this personal connection is lost, things become dangerous. Conflict Kitchen creates a public forum and space for discussions that might not normally take place, mediated by food.

Conflict Kitchen also programs public events to more directly connect everyday Americans with everyday people from the country of focus. For example, Kubideh Kitchen [their current iteration] brought together members of the public for a live Skype meal between Tehran and Pittsburgh, during which groups in both countries shared the same meal on a virtually connected table: an inter-continental dinner party."

Click here to support Conflict Kitchen's next iteration (which will feature a favorite Afghan meal).

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