Every Dish Has a Story

 

Food, Culture, and Stories

of Newcomers 

 

Flavours of Hope is a non-profit social enterprise that supports and empowers newcomer women to earn a living wage and build social connections in communities through cooking and sharing culinary traditions and stories.

 
 
 

Photography by Bethan Uitterdijk

 
 

Support Newcomer

Summer Food Market!

We hope to raise $10,000 to support newcomer women to build social connections, gain employment experience, and empower women to share stories of resilience, strength and hope through selling diverse traditional culinary cuisine at the weekly newcomer food market on
Granville Island this summer. We’re vendors at the Groundswell Test Market. This weekly event features socially-minded businesses as well as interactive activities and workshops, a community lounge, and art. Visit us and meet some of Vancouver’s ethical startup ventures!

Learn more about our Summer Food Market

 

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Celebrating diverse flavours and stories of hope 

We work with immigrant and refugee women to share traditional dishes and stories through pop-up community dinners and the development of a food-business incubator. We celebrate diverse cultural flavours of food and tell stories of hope of new beginnings and opportunities for newcomers to build connections and a sense of belonging in neighbourhoods.  

 
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Adapting and integrating into communities    

Canada has welcomed over 300,000 immigrants and refugees across communities in 2017. Many newcomers arrive in Canada with little support networks and face challenges learning a new language and culture. It is especially difficult for immigrant and refugee women who are often socially isolated, have a hard time making friends, and have difficulty finding suitable jobs to support their family.   

 
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Bringing people together and building community with food and stories 

Food is a powerful common language in bringing diverse people together around a table and breaking down social isolation and barriers. Eating together and sharing food and stories with people is one meaningful way to create dialogue and build relationships in communities. Many newcomers are resilient and want to share their hopes, passions, and cooking skills with their neighbours and communities.      


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Upcoming Dinners

Come to our cultural pop-up community dinners
cooked by newcomer chefs in local community kitchens

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Provide a living wage    

Unemployment creates a cycle of poverty and takes a psychological toll on newcomers who need to support their family and earn a living wage. By supporting Flavours of Hope, you help to create opportunities for women to make a livable income and integrate into communities and local economy. 

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Create social connections   

We believe that sharing food and stories together can create stronger community connections. In addition to our weekly subscription ethnic meals, we have cultural cooking classes and pop-up community dinners to eat with newcomers in our neighbourhoods,  build relationships and learn about different cultures and traditions.   

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Build vibrant neighbourhoods

We deeply value community partnerships and collaboration through working together with local farmers, non-profit organizations, churches, neighbourhood houses, food networks and community leaders to build diverse, welcoming and more connected neighbourhoods. 


Food can be a vehicle for social change. It brings people together in a way that very few activities can.
— Anim Steel, Nourish

Newcomer Chefs 

Talented women from different cultures around the world  

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HAYAT 

SYRIA 

I am from Damascus, Syria and I loved working as a chef in a hotel to present our traditional Syrian food for visitors and tourists when they come to experience and taste the flavours of Middle Eastern food in Damascus before the war. Food is my own way of communicating to people back home and I want to continue to do the same in Vancouver and make new friends. Cooking is my love language and I feel happy when people love the food and learn more about Syrian culture.  

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CARMEN 

SYRIA

I am 26 years old and I'm proud to come from one of the oldest historical cities in the world - Damascus, Syria. I was studying French language and doing translation when the war broke out and we had to leave our home and come to Canada. I like using food as a way to meet new people, tell my story and share my culture. By helping my mother to cook and make food for people, we can earn income and support ourselves. This is what happiness and a sense of hope and peace look like for our family. 

 

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ANGELES  

MEXICO

I am from Guadalajara, Mexico and I love my culture, traditions and food. Some of my favourite Mexican cuisines include tortas ahogadas, tostadas de pierna de cerdo, and cactus. I miss having fresh fruit juice that you can find in almost every street corner.  What I enjoy doing the most is cooking for my family and friends. I want to continue the tradition of having neighbours come over to our house and share food and drinks around the table. I hope I can make a lot of friends through cooking and eating together.

 

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"Before my mother was the cook, she gives direction to everybody. But here in a foreign country, it's different. This is a way for her to have a job. She really feels happy when she cooks something and she sees how people eat and how they really like it."  - Carmen speaking about her mother, Hayat