This is how conflict tastes
Conflict Kitchen: Cuban, Iranian, Afghan, Venezuelan

Conflict Kitchen: Cuban, Iranian, Afghan, Venezuelan
Conflict Kitchen: Cuban, Iranian, Afghan and Venezuelan takeouts, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Conflict Kitchen is a unique restaurant in Pittsburgh focusing on one nation at a time, serving dishes from countries with which the United States is currently in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen version is amplified by profound events, performances, publications, and discussions that strive to expand the public’s engagement with the culture, politics, and issues that the country of focus deals with.

This restaurant does more than introduce customers to the food of the focus country, but envelopes them in the country’s culture, and politics introducing customers to the diverse perspectives from real members of the focus community thus serving to reveal a nuanced scale of thought, understanding, an belief within each country. This dynamic restaurant serves to bring about inquisitorial reactions, conversation, and debate with customers.

Conflict Kitchen uses the social dynamic embedded in eating, and the social and economic relations surrounding food, engaging the public in conversations about countries, cultures, and people that they likely know very little about external to the often biased and polarizing rhetoric of governmental politics and the also often predisposed subjective media headlines that offer only a narrow take on such issues. Furthermore, this restaurant creates a continuously changing space for ethnic diversity.

The country of focus changes approximately every three to five months. Since the opening in 2010, the restaurant has introduced the cuisines of Iran, Cuba, Afghanistan, North Korea, Palestine, and Venezuela. This experimental public art project opens up the eyes of customers through their stomachs, introducing people not only to food and culture, but the perception of conflict from an alternative viewpoint, which is an essential component of objective reasoning.

This space gives people the opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture, and while some people’s favorite part of this experiment may be eating the delicious food belonging to that culture, it is impossible to ignore the other elements you are submerged in during your short visit. A learning experience and a meal, quite possibly the most effective combination.

Conflict Kitchen - Iranian Takeout
Conflict Kitchen – Iranian Takeout, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Conflict Kitchen - Iranian Takeout
Conflict Kitchen – Iranian Takeout, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Conflict Kitchen - Iranian
Conflict Kitchen – Iranian, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Conflict Kitchen - Travel to Iran
Conflict Kitchen – Travel to Iran

Conflict Kitchen - North Korean front
Conflict Kitchen – North Korean (front), Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Conflict Kitchen - North Korean back
Conflict Kitchen – North Korean (back), Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Conflict Kitchen – North Korean (front) – Cheongpomuk Muchim

Conflict Kitchen - Afghan Takeout
Conflict Kitchen – Afghan Takeout, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Conflict Kitchen - Afghan Takeout 2
Conflict Kitchen – Afghan Takeout, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Conflict Kitchen - Afghan food
Conflict Kitchen – Afghan Food

Conflict Kitchen - Venezuelan Takeout
Conflict Kitchen – Venezuelan Takeout, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Conflict Kitchen - Palestine Dish
Conflict Kitchen – Palestine dish

Conflict Kitchen - Peruvian ceviche
Conflict Kitchen – Peruvian ceviche

Food by Conflict Kitchen
Food by Conflict Kitchen

Food by Conflict Kitchen
Food by Conflict Kitchen

Food by Conflict Kitchen
Food by Conflict Kitchen

Food by Conflict Kitchen
Food by Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen
Conflict Kitchen


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