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New Food Delivery Company by Refugees Brings Food of Their Homeland to Your Door

Hello, Eat Offbeat. Laterz, Postmates.

After immigrating to the US a few years ago, Lebanese sisters Manal and Wissam Kahi decided to start a business in NY after their search for a decent hummus ended in defeat.

Now, Eat Offbeat has been offering delicious dishes from all over the world since 2016 and employing refugees from places like Nepal, Tibet, Iraq, Syria, and Eritrea.

In a commercial kitchen based in Long Island City, they cook their favorite dishes from back home, like spicy, tomatoey Nepalese manchurian or Iraqi potato kibbeh. Many of these chefs learned to cook at home and are literally making the food of their mothers and grandmothers.

 

Lebanese sisters Manal and Wissam Kahi cooking food and offering jobs to refugees
Photo: Robert Sabo / New York Daily News

 

“We want New Yorkers to see that refugees have a lot to offer.” Wissam Kahi told Huffington Post. “We want them to see that they are bringing in something great. And we can show that through their food.”

The price is right—a 3 to 4 course dinner will set you back about $20. If you’re in the NYC area, be sure to visit their site for more info on how to get in on this good grub.

Everyone else, stay tuned – after reaching their Kickstarter goal, Eat Offbeat is in the works to release a cookbook next year called Eat Offbeat: The Cookbook (Refinery29 gives us the full scoop) which you’re going to want to snag the second it’s off the press.

 

Eat Offbeat offering dishes of all over the world
Eat Offbeat’s hummus. Photo: Food52
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Shakespeare Unites War Vets

In Kentucky, combat veterans are being brought together by an unlikely source — theatre.

Fred Johnson, founder of Shakespeare with Veterans, says there is an unexplainable power in Shakespeare’s words of 400 years ago that modern language can’t quite convey. War, loss, empathy, and tragedy are threads in the scripts that hit the heartstrings of many vets.

“But we in it shall be remembered,” Shakespeare wrote in Henry V, a play that is also known for it’s prolific battle speeches. “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.”

Some were skeptical that veterans would find this program interesting, but some neighboring organizations went ahead and joined together to make it happen, including the Louisville Vet Center and the Kentucky Shakespeare Company.

The Shakespeare With Veterans’ goal is to offer “the opportunity for camaraderie and a higher sense of purpose that represents what veterans loved most during military service.”

 

Photo: Shakespeare With Veterans

 

The vets rehearse in the local Louisville Vet Center, a haven that also provides counseling for PTSD, outreach, and referral services (like employment assistance).

Amy Attaway, artistic director for Kentucky Shakespeare, told Huffington Post about her experience directing the vets. “They would say, ‘this speech sounds like exactly what I would say to my soldiers in the field,’ or ‘this sounds like it could be today’. Those moments have been really exciting to me—new people waking up to the poetry and the power of the words. If you let yourself dig into it, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for.”

Since the program’s initial launch in early 2016, the experiment has become a success. Many vets have found great joy in discovering their inner thespians, some driving 2 hours each way to attend rehearsals.

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