Savoring Syria is in service of building communities as much as it is dedicated to compassionate and well-rounded story-telling. Here you can find future and past events in cities across the globe working to bring Syrians and their neighbors together over food.


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Savoring Syria in Istanbul

In partnership with  and with great thanks to Antiochia Concept, Savoring Syria's first pop-up dinner in Istanbul was a success!

Wafaa, Amal and Reem displayed their extraordinary culinary talents and generosity by serving up nearly a dozen dishes to our guests. Diners were treated to a traditional, home-cooked Syrian meal, featuring starters and stews that embody Syrian home-cooking, always served with an extra dose of love. Proceeds from the tickets went directly to Wafaa, Amal and Reem.

This will definitely be the first of many dinners in Istanbul!

Photos graciously provided by Danielle Villasana.


Savoring Syria: Documenting the Syrian Kitchen in Exile

With support from The Hollings Center, Savoring Syria teamed up with our good friends at Culinary Backstreets and Zaytinya to celebrate Chef Mahmoud Al Hazaz. Recently resettled in Memphis, Tennessee, Mahmoud joined forces with Zaytinya's head chef Michael Costa to bring a mouth-watering meal featuring Mahmoud's best grilled meats.

Mahmoud shared his experiences fleeing Syria and his resettlement process, alongside Syrian journalist and activist Ahmed Bittar, Syrian activist Nadia Alawa of NuDay Syria and expert in conflict and food, Johanna Mendelson Forman.

Photos graciously provided by Keith Lane.


Savoring Syria teams up with The Beach and Makers Unite, Amsterdam

Savoring Syria teamed up with Makers Unite and The Beach for creative innovation in Amsterdam to celebrate and enjoy Noor Edin's culinary talents. Noor Edin says he has been working with food since he was 14 years old, first starting in his mother's kitchen, who is his inspiration for his drive to become a professional chef. "I learn everything I can from her, describing each step of the process so she can correct me," he explained, using both his hands to stir steaming pots if lentils and rice for close to 100 performance artists visiting from all over Europe.


Savoring Syria Iftar at the Dutch Consulate, Istanbul

Wafaa and Amal, two women from suburbs of Damascus, prepared a special iftar feast at the Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul. Guests ranging from diplomats to leaders in business and NGOs enjoyed a meal featuring classic Syrian dshes like tabbouleh, a refreshing parsley salad, and mutabbal, a smoky eggplant-tahini dip, as well as hearty specialties like molokhiyya, a stew of lamb with a special green popular in the Levant, and harra bi isbaou, a dish of creamy lentils with tamarind syrup, crispy fried bread, and garlic and cilantro. They and their families dined with guests, shared their stories and their traditions, while Amal’s 20-year-old daughter, Maram, traditional Syrian music played music on the kanun with her band.


Savoring Syria at Lebanese Taverna

Thank you for joining us for a night of breaking bread. Lebanese Taverna and Savoring Syria teamed up to present diners in Washington, DC an evening that connects them to Syria and their Syrian neighbors, old and new. Syrian Chef Alaa Alaham provided a traditional meal of mezes, shakriyya (lamb poached in warm yogurt) and orange-blossom milk pudding, paired with wines chosen by Syrian sommelier Hamdi Aljallad. Savoring Syria founder Dalia Mortada shared touching stories from her reporting.

Proceeds from the evening were donated to purchase grocery cards for vulnerable Syrian families in Istanbul struggling to make ends meet.


Banned Countries Series: Syria

New York, we did it! Despite some hiccups along the way (namely, the last-minute change of venue) more than 80 of you came to to Roads & Kingdoms' Banned Countries Dinner celebrating. Syrian cuisine and culture. Savoring Syria founder Dalia Mortada presented tales from her reporting, and proceeds benefitted the Karam Foundation, which is committed to building a better future for Syria.

Also joining us were special guests Alia Malek, a Syrian-American author whose latest memoir, The Home That Was Our Country, gives painful insight into Syria's recent history, and Molly Crabapple, an artist, journalist and writer who will be live sketching at the event.

Thank you!


Savoring Syria Presents Atayeb Zaman in Cincinnati

Cincinnati gave such a warm welcome to Savoring Syria and Atayeb Zaman, Cincinnati's newest Syrian catering company. Head Chef Ibtisam Masto teamed up with Cincinnati Syrian-American local Basma Rabbat to build the fledgling business, serving up classic's from Ibtissam's hometown of Jusr al Shughoor. The dinner featured Ibtissam's phenomenal cooking as well as traditional Syrian flat breads made on a saj grill, prepared by newcomers Ahmed and Mohammed who come from generations of bread-makers. 

Proceeds from the dinner went to supporting Atayeb Zaman as they start their operations.