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We celebrated the wonderful pacific coastal flavours of Mexico with Flavours of Hope's Taste of the Sea and Spanish Stories at YVR Prep Commissary Kitchen on Saturday, May 19. Mexican chef Angeles Canedo created a traditional feast with her favourite family recipes of pico de gallo, spot prawn empanadas, and ceviche dishes highlighting local sustainable seafood including ling cod and side stripe shrimp. We enjoyed good food and drinks together, and made new friends throughout the evening.
We ate together and learned about Mexican food and culture through Angeles' inspiring story of resilience, strength and hope in her journey of coming to Canada with her family as refugee claimants and seeking a safer and better life in Canada. We played a fun traditional Mexican game to learn Spanish words and were creative in making our own cultural bingo game!
The pop-up dinner event included a fundraising auction to support Flavours of Hope's summer food market pilot to empower refugee women to earn income, access business training, build a support network, and gain work experience by selling multi-ethnic dishes and telling stories on Granville Island this summer. The auction showcased local social entrepreneurs including a Mexican themed gift basket, personal training session, and woodworking workshop. We featured a special raffle for Growoya, an eco garden clay pot for a natural and traditional way to grow food for the summer. It was a successful and impactful dinner event!
A Pop-Up Night of Syrian Feast, Music and Storytelling - April 7, 2018
We had a truly hopeful evening with our second Pop-Up Night of Syrian Feast, Music and Storytelling on April 7 at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House. Over 100 people came to taste the diverse flavours of dishes from Damascus while listening to Syrian music and sharing stories of food, culture and friendship. Two newcomer women chefs, Hayat and Carmen, created a feast of traditional cuisine from their family recipes and beloved food from Syria. We heard powerful stories of Hayat and Carmen's journey to Canada as refugees and their joys and challenges of settling and integrating into Canadian culture. We were inspired by their ambitions and hopes to build a catering business, A Taste of Damascus, in Vancouver.
We opened our hearts and minds to listen to the Syrian women's stories and learned how to share our own memories of food from our culture. The evening was a wonderful time of eating together, making new friends, and learning about the art of storytelling through food.
First Pop-Up Community Dinner - February 24, 2018
Our first pop-up community dinner celebrated food, culture, and stories in neighbourhoods with traditional cuisine created by three newcomer chefs: Hayat and Carmen, a Syrian mother and daughter, and Angeles from Mexico. Over 60 people ate together and learned about the unique stories and cultures of these talented women.
The menu featured a delicious range of traditional Syrian and homestyle Mexican dishes including: fol mudammas (traditional Damascus fava bean dish), madfouneh (bulgur with chicken), mutabal (roasted eggplant), hummus, pozole (traditional Mexican soup), enfrijoladas, enmoladas (enchiladas), pico de gallo (with avocado) and baclava.