Rahaf Alakbani and Cara Benjamin-Pace on how a Syrian “Newcomer Kitchen” was saved from being shut down thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.
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For almost two years, the Newcomer Kitchen, housed in the Depanneur, a culinary incubator on College St., has been the weekly gathering place for Syrian newcomer women, where they share stories and experiences, as well as joy and tears — all while using their cooking skills to make food for catering and meals for the public.
First Up: HOLIDAY HOURS The Dep will be CLOSED from December 17 – January 18 BRUNCH will be OPEN every SAT & SUN throughout the holidays, except for Sunday, Dec 24. Stay tuned for an exciting New Year’s Day Brunch announcement! Up Next: 2018 Schedule Some changes to our scheduled activities It’ll take a while […]
Monday was an exciting milestone for Newcomer Kitchen, as we offered samples of traditional Syrian dishes to more than 600 attendees of the Terroir Hospitality Symposium at the AGO, one of the most prestigious food conferences in North America.
Imagine packing up only what you can carry. Imagine fleeing a war-torn country and landing as a refugee in Canada. Now picture a kitchen. The different smells, the cacophony of sounds. There is laughter, there is sharing, there community in this kitchen. There is healing.
“We want to celebrate that they hold the ancient knowledge of one of the oldest cuisines in the world,” co-founder Cara Benjamin-Pace said. “Our goal is not to train these women into line workers in the food industry. Our goal is to bring them together and celebrate them as women and in the community.”
Len Senater heard that many Syrian refugees who came to Canada were living in hotels and had no kitchens to make their own food. He did have a kitchen and wanted to provide a space where Syrian refugee women could cook.
The Syrian women of Newcomer Kitchen invite you to celebrate their remarkable accomplishments of this extraordinary year.
When Canada pledged to take 25,000 refugees fleeing war in the Middle East, one restaurateur in Toronto opened his doors…
A year ago the first group of Syrian refugees was welcomed into Canada and given 12 months of federal financial assistance.