This is how conflict tastes – Conflict Kitchen

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

About Conflict Kitchen

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.

More than food

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.

Why this project is so successful

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.

Different countries

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.

Conclusion

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 in Pittsburgh – Iranian Takeout

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 restaurant, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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

Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh – North Korean

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

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


Conflict Kitchen – North Korean dish – Cheongpomuk Muchim

Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh – Afghan Takeout

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 in Pittsburgh – Venezuelan Takeout

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

Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh – Other photos

Conflict Kitchen - Palestine Dish
Conflict Kitchen – Palestinian 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


Conflict Kitchen

All images by Conflict Kitchen/conflictkitchen.org unless otherwise noted.

Videos

Interview with Conflict Kitchen’s founders

4min 49sec

The Iranian Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh

3min 29sec

The Palestinian Conflict Kitchen

1min 45sec

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