Conflict Kitchen: Cuisine Promoting Cultural Awareness

A Pittsburgh take-out restaurant only serves cuisine from a country that the United States is in conflict with.

John Peña, Jon Rubin, and Dawn Weleski have opened Conflict Kitchen, a Pittsburgh-based restaurant that only serves food from countries currently involved in a conflict with the United States. The restaurant plans to switch the theme every four months to a new country engaged in political turmoil with the US. Its pop-up facade, erected by the folks at Point Projects, promotes easy interchangeability of store fronts to switch cultural themes. This awareness-raising restaurant strives to break down political and cultural barriers existing between countries through encouraging members of opposite heritage to participate in culturally collaborative activities – such as sharing foreign poetry and having discussions ranging from culinary topics to political affairs. The restaurant has even shared dinner with people in Tehran by linking up a live video-stream through Skype.

Conflict Kitchen’s first iteration is Kubideh Kitchen, which serves Iranian cuisine. It was designed in collaboration with Pittsburgh’s Iranian community. Kubideh is a popular Iranian food that consists of beef, onion, mint, and basil wrapped in Barbari bread.

Kubideh Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen

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