K-12 Education Workshops

At Conflict Kitchen, we use food and innovative storytelling to engage the public in discussions about cultures and people that we often know little about. Our restaurant/art project rotates identities every three to five months in relation to current geopolitical events. Over the past five years, we have focused on Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, North Korea,… MORE >

Thanksgiving Intervention with Propel Andrew Street High School

Students at Propel Andrew Street High School introduced Haudenosaunee food and stories into their families’ Thanksgiving celebrations. In a series of seven interactive lessons with Conflict Kitchen, students compared Haudenosaunee and American identity, cuisine and traditions of giving thanks. On Thanksgiving, they presented these reflections to their families, along with bowls of ogösase:’, a succotash… MORE >

Taste The World Lunch Club at Propel Montour

Conflict Kitchen worked with Mrs. Doyle’s middle school students in the Taste the World Lunch Club at Propel Montour. Every week, these students partake in dishes from around the world. In January 2017, these students sampled the a local cuisine, the food of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. At our first visit, Education Director Blaine Siegel dined with the Lunch Club while discussing… MORE >

Exploratory Cooking Class with the Environmental Charter School

The Environmental Charter School runs an Exploratory Cooking Class in which middle school students research a different dish each week. Throughout the week, students shop for ingredients, cook the dish and document the experience in recipe books.  Conflict Kitchen co-taught the class for a week as students learned about the preparation and cultural significance of ogösäse:’, a… MORE >


Our second opportunity to bring the Foreigner workshop to high school students was with the Winchester Thurston School. We worked with Dr. Andy’s Middle Eastern History Class in November 2015. We began by bringing in local actress Tracey Turner to train the entire Middle Eastern History Class of 37 students to act as avatars for… MORE >


Conflict Kitchen has given lectures and presentations nationally and internationally at festivals, universities, community centers, libraries, and private gatherings. CONTACT US If you are interested in having Conflict Kitchen present at your event. Creative Time Summit, NYC Creative Time Summit, NYC Palestinian Potluck, Pittsburgh Palestinian Potluck, Pittsburgh Tehran/Kabul/Pittsburgh presentation and meal Fribourg, Switzerland Sudanese Lunch… MORE >

Local/Global Interview
(with Falk Laboratory School)

We ran our workshop the Local/Global Interview with 80 seventh grade Spanish Language students from the Falk Laboratory School.  The students were introduced to the history of the relationship between the United States and Cuba by their Spanish language teacher Miss Fedorko.  The students engaged in independent research on Cuba and discussed our Cuban Wrapper in class prior to the… MORE >

International Cooking Lesson
(with Environmental Charter School)

Conflict Kitchen worked with 70 third-grade students from Pittsburgh’s Environmental Charter School. The students participated in two workshops that took place over the course of three weeks. The first visit presented the history and mission of Conflict Kitchen and introduced our focus country, Palestine. A week later, we returned with kitchen staffer John Shaver to… MORE >

The Foreigner
(with Sewickley Academy)

In the past, Conflict Kitchen has visited Pittsburgh schools to in order to implement our The Foreigner curriculum.  Sewickley Academy’s Current Affairs class executed The Foreigner with actress Tracey Turner playing the avatar. The workshop was such a success that the school created a Foreigner Day. For Foreigner Day, we worked with two of our contacts, Mohammad Barakat in Palestine… MORE >

International Cooking Lesson
(with Westinghouse High School)

We ran the International Cooking Lesson workshop with Laila El Haddad and a select group of students from Westinghouse High School in partnership with the Homewood YMCA Lighthouse Program and East Liberty Presbyterian Church. The Lighthouse Program, working with the Westinghouse High School students, developed a nine-week block which focused on the food culture of Palestine…. MORE >

Cooking Khoresht-E Fesenjan with teens at East Liberty Carnegie Library

Conflict Kitchen Culinary Director Robert Sayre and Education and Outreach Director Blaine Siegel joined a group of teenagers at the East Liberty Carnegie Library for a demonstration on how to cook the Iranian dish Khoresht-E Fesenjan (pomegranate and walnut marinated chicken on steamed rice). The teens jumped right in and helped Conflict Kitchen prepare the food. Once the… MORE >