On each night of World Refugee Week in mid-June, a participating restaurant will welcome a refugee or asylum-seeker chef into its kitchen.
Together, the restaurant and refugee or asylum-seeker chef will prepare dishes from a unique menu that combines the restaurant’s signature flavors with the chef’s home cuisine.
Participating restaurants will donate a portion of each night’s proceeds to our non-profit partner, HIAS, a global leader in refugee resettlement.
Qamar, her husband, and their two children arrived in the DC area three years ago after fleeing the conflict in their native Syria. Through her catering, Qamar’s Syrian food has been enjoyed by many. Qamar will be cooking at Little Sesame’s seasonal dinners on the rooftop of The Apollo.
Hurriyet is a Uyghur refugee living in the DC area. Uyghurs, a Muslim minority in China and the victims of state oppression, have a unique cuisine blending Chinese and Mediterranean flavors. Hurriyet’s authentic Uyghur food, famous among DC’s Uyghur community, will be featured in Himitsu.
A young El Salvadoran chef, María arrived in the DC area two years ago. María has completed over 120 hours of culinary training and hopes to become a head chef in the hotel where she works in the coming years. María will bring an authentic El Salvadoran twist to Espita Mezcaleria.
Originally from Afghanistan, Nejat arrived in the U.S. in 2014 with his wife and two kids. Nejat caters authentic Afghan and Uzbek food and will bring traditional and lesser-known Afghan dishes to Maydan’s tables this summer.
Mary, an asylum-seeker from South Sudan, arrived in the DC area in 2016. Mary is well known among DC’s South Sudanese community for preparing authentic dishes and will be working with A Rake’s Progress to bring South Sudanese cuisine and flavors to DC’s tables this summer.
Tables Without Borders is a non-profit dinner series and an opportunity for emerging refugee and asylum-seeker chefs to reestablish their careers and rebuild their lives with dignity.
Over the course of six nights during World Refugee Week, five popular DC restaurants will work with refugee or asylum-seeker chefs. Together, they will offer a unique and collaborative menu.