Conflict Café, an innovative pop-up restaurant launched by peacebuilding charity International Alert, is returning to London to inspire more strangers to ‘break bread' and start conversations about peace through food.
The restaurant, which was named ‘Most Inspirational Pop-up of 2014' by Time Out, will continue to showcase how food can unite, inform and provoke discussion, and will once again mark UN International Peace Day on Monday 21 September. It will take place at House of VANS in Waterloo, a unique underground venue which will be transformed into a different region every week, encouraging diners to discover more about the conflicts and prospects for peace of each country in focus.
Chefs on the Menu.../
The theme starts off with Syria, led by chef Haitham Yassin from Ayam Zaman. The Middle Eastern theme then continues with a special brunch by Honey & Co chefs Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich. The focus will then shift to Nepal with chef Rajiv Kc, who runs a Nepali supper club Rajiv's Kitchen. Diners will have the chance to find out more about the challenges facing the country following the recent earthquakes and end of the civil war.
Esnayder Cuartas, founder of Casa Sabor will introduce visitors to Colombian cuisine in the third week – a country that has been ravaged by civil conflict for the past 50 years.
Established Turkish chef Önder Ṣahan, CEO of Tas Restaurant Group will then join forces with Armenian cook Natalie Griffith, who runs Natalie's Armenian Kitchen in the final week to devise a unique menu which celebrates the similar culinary traditions of these divided countries.
When and Where.../
Dates range between the 9th of September and 3rd of October.
House of Vans, Arches 228 - 232 Station Approach Road, London SE1 8SW
£35 each available from http://grubclub.com/conflict-cafe