PHOTOS: Jane Mitchell
At the last Chefugee “Old World” pop up dinner, one of the Syrian refugees named Hevin told the appreciative guests in haltering Spanish that “Spain is very much like Syria.” Admittedly, that drew some chuckles from the crowd, but the Kurdish woman and mother of three went on to say in (translated Arabic) that it’s because the people of Madrid have been very warm and friendly to her, and it reminded her of the warmth of the Syrian people.
It’s these morsels that I savour each time I find myself exhausted (both mentally and physically) while pushing Project Chefugee forward and true to its core philosophy of “compasión y comida” – of peace through plates.
And right now, for the second year in a row, I’m knee deep in co-organizing the much anticipated international event (and what I call “Chefugee on steroids”) – The 2018 Refugee Food Festival, brought to us by Paris-based NGO Food Sweet Food and UNHCR/ACNUR, the UN Refugee Agency. It’s a genuine honor to be the Project Holder once more for my adopted home of Madrid.
As promised, here is the lineup of the 8 restaurants that are participating this year (plus some beautiful words shared by the refugee cooks), in this large production promoting peace in the planet by bringing us closer together through that universal language we all understand: food.
✱ Tuesday, 19 june (dinner) – Cameroonian and French cuisine by Pierre T.
Reservations: 911 42 98 00
💶 Price : 20€
✱ Wednesday, 20 june (lunch) – traditional Syrian cuisine by Samira W.
Reservations: 810 52 11 27
💶 Price menu del día : 16€
✱ Thursday 21 june (lunch) – traditional Syrian cuisine by Noor M.
Reservations: 910 58 78 80
💶 Price menu del día : 19,50€
✱ Thursday 21 june (dinner) – Sudanese-Egyptian food by Ahmad A (with the wonderful French-Japanese touch of chef Stephane Shoji of L’Artisan)
Reservations: 914 20 31 72
💶 Price closed menu : 30€
✱ Friday 22 june (dinner) – Syrian-Basque menu by Wesal A.
Barrutia y El 9
Reservations: 913 19 29 46
💶 Price range closed menu : 35-40€
✱ Saturday 23 june (brunch) – Venezuelan brunch (with Elektra’s stylish touch) by José Valentin A.
Reservations: 912 54 59 11
💶 Price for brunch : 30€
✱ Saturday 23 junio (dinner) – Syrian-Moroccan cuisine by Rachida K (with the guidance of amazing Spanish chef Oscar)
Reservations: 914 27 03 12
💶 Price dinner: 28€
✱Sunday 24 junio (lunch) – traditional Syrian cuisine by Wesal A.
Reservations: 680 40 89 71
💶 Price lunch: 28€
As always, Make Food, Not War! See you at the festival! (I’ll be the one looking like a dishrag lol).
For more info on the 2018 Refugee Food Festival for Madrid, click here .