Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States government is in conflict. Please help us to realize the next stage of the project, "Bolani Pazi", an Afghan take-out restaurant.
Conflict Kitchen’s current iteration is an Iranian take-out restaurant, "Kubideh Kitchen", that serves kubideh: spiced meat in freshly-baked barbari bread with onion, mint, and basil. The sandwich is served in a custom-designed wrapper that includes interviews with Iranians on subjects ranging from Persian poetry to the current political turmoil.
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 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.
In just two months, Kubideh Kitchen has served kubideh and discussed Iranian culture and politics with over a thousand people. The Conflict Kitchen project has been featured internationally in the press by over 200 media outlets, including:
National Public Radio, All Things Considered http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php...
We Make Money, Not Art http://we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2010/06/conflict-kitchen.php
OPEN Magazine (India) http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/international/conflict-cuisine
(and even misinterpreted by Jay Leno in his Tonight Show monologue): http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/monologue-615/1234201/
Now, we need your help!
Every four months, Conflict Kitchen will go out of business and change identities in order to highlight and provoke discussion around a different culture. The next iteration, Bolani Pazi, will serve a favorite Afghan street food, bolani. Along with a the new cuisine, Bolani Pazi will feature a redesigned restaurant facade, a food wrapper featuring the thoughts, opinions and perspectives of Afghans, and a new series of events that will bring together the two cultures in unusual and interesting new ways. All funds received from this campaign will go towards Conflict Kitchen's new identity: Bolani Pazi, as well as future iterations (North Korea, Venezuela, etc.).
For more information please visit: www.conflictkitchen.org
Some comments from our customers:
"Communicating at the most basic level of relationship, i.e., food--may help all of us to better understand our humble place - and toward working together to save the planet."
"The project gets at the heart of international relations; through forming connections with people across different cultures and continents, we hear about people's daily lives, what they think about their lives, and what changes they would like to see. For me, this kind of dialogue is what informs the production, and transforms the result, of international policy making,"
"I've always felt that you can learn the history of a people through what they eat, the spice blends, how they serve their food. It's a delicious way to learn about becoming more human."
"...the idea is simple, effective, and well-executed: bridge cultures and provide an alternative to the bogeyman through eats: can't wait to taste and see North Korea! I love this project. The details are thoughtful, clever and beautiful, from the food wrappers to the MDO foldout "tassles" to that amazing facade. Love it!
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