Pittsburgh’s First Ever Persian Cultural Festival

WHERE: Waffle Shop (next to Conflict Kitchen) & AVA Lounge 124 and 126 S. Highland Ave. Pittsburgh, PA WHEN: Saturday, October 2nd, from 6pm to Midnight. SCHEDULE: 6:00-7:00pm: Movie screening – Persian-style brewed Tea and snacks served 7:00-8:30pm: Dinner – A menu consisting of fabulous Persian dishes and kubideh from the Kubideh Kitchen 8:00-9:00pm: Traditional… MORE >

Live Skype Meal Between Pittsburgh and Tehran

When: Saturday, June 5, 10:00am Pittsburgh, USA 6:30pm Tehran, IRAN do my homework for freeWhere: The Waffle Shop, Pittsburgh/ Sazmanab Project, Tehran The Conflict Kitchen held its first public event, a meal held simultaneously in Pittsburgh and Tehran, where diners in both cities sat around long tables that were joined via webcam: an international dinner… MORE >

The Tehran/Pittsburgh YouTube Mix.

When: 11.30a, Saturday, July 10 Conflict Kitchen (Pittsburgh) and Sazmanab Project (Tehran) presented a live screening of videos curated directly from Youtube posts shot both in Tehran and Pittsburgh.  This back and forth format utilized the vast and idiosyncratic resources of YouTube to present first-person video accounts that reflect on the daily life of each… MORE >

Ellis School visits Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen played host to almost seventy students and teachers from Pittsburgh’s Ellis School on Wednesday, December 8. Conflict Kitchen co-creator Dawn Weleski presented the project and bolani filled with spinach, potato and leeks, and red lentils were served to the guests. Afghan-American Mohammed Sidky fielded great questions from the students about Afghanistan on topics… MORE >

Presentation in Switzerland with Sohrab Kashani and Hamed Alizadeh

We presented the Conflict Kitchen project this summer at the Festival Belluard Bollwerk International, Friboug, Switzerland with our friends Iranian artist/curator Sohrab Kashani, director of Sazmanab Project, and Afghan filmmaker Hamed Alizideh, a member of Kabul-based CSFilms. We each presented the conditions that gave rise to our work locally and what we have done together… MORE >

Live Skype Exchange and Screening with Filmmakers in Afghanistan

Filmmaker and educator Michael Sheridan presented a screening of selected documentary shorts by a group of filmmakers he has been working with in Afghanistan. The participating Afghan filmmakers Skyped in for a live question and answer session after the screening. Michael Sheridan is the director of Community Supported Film (CSFilm) which strengthens the documentary storytelling… MORE >

2nd Iteration: Bolani Pazi, Afghan Takeout

We are currently presenting the second iteration of Conflict Kitchen via Bolani Pazi, an Afghan take-out restaurant that serves a savory homemade afghan turnover filled with either  pumpkin, spinach, lentils, or potatoes and leeks. Developed in collaboration with members of the Afghan community, our bolani comes packaged in a custom-designed wrapper that includes interviews with… MORE >

3rd Iteration: La Cocina Arepas

Our Venezuelan takeout kitchen, called La Cocina Arepas serves homemade arepas, which are grilled corn cakes filled with either Queso (cheese), Reina Pepiada (chicken and avocado salad), or Caraotas (Venezuelan black bean mixture). a variety of ingredients. Arepas are common to restaurants and kitchens throughout Venezuela and Colombia. A recipe will be posted shortly. Here… MORE >

4th Iteration: Cocina Cubana

Menu Includes:   Black Beans and Rice – Congri or Cristianos y Moros Roast Pork in Mojo Marinade – Lechon Asado Boiled Yuca in Garlic Sauce – Yuca con Mojo Vegetable Salad – Ensalada de Vegetales