This summer, refugee chefs are bringing their stories to DC’s most popular tables through the power of food.

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The Event


Refugee Week Logo

On each night of World Refugee Week in mid-June, a participating restaurant will welcome a refugee or asylum-seeker chef into its kitchen.

Hand Drawn Table

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.

Hand Drawn Table

Participating restaurants will donate a portion of each night’s proceeds to our non-profit partner, HIAS, a global leader in refugee resettlement.

Meet the Chefs


Participating Restaurants


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.

A Rake's Progress Logo

Monday, June 17

Espita Mezcaleria's Logo

Tuesday, June 18

Little Sesame Logo

Wednesday, June 19 & Thursday, June 20

Maydan Logo

Friday, June 21

Himitsu Logo

Saturday, June 22