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by on June 16, 2012 at 11:33 am in Food and Drink | Permalink

Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The food is served out of a take-out-style storefront that rotates identities every six months to highlight another country.  Each iteration of the project is augmented by events, performances, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus country. These events have included live international Skype dinner parties between citizens of Pittsburgh and young professionals in Tehran, Iran; documentary filmmakers in Kabul, Afghanistan; and community radio activists in Caracas, Venezuela.

That is in Pittsburgh, and Cuba and North Korea are on the way.  Here is more, and for the pointer I thank Michael Rosenwald.

1 maguro June 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

I just hope the North Korean dishes are portioned appropriately.

2 Rahul June 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

Wonder if India qualifies!

3 Rahul June 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Ah, no, I see now: ” with which the United States is in conflict.”

4 Tom T. June 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

No Libya, Syria, Yemen, or Pakistan, I see. Might jeopardize grant funding if they hit too close to home.

I can’t wait to see the Skype party with North Koreans.

5 Rahul June 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Pakistan?! They are an ally!

6 Patrick June 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm

>>Pakistan?! They are an ally!

Are you sure about that?

7 Bill June 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

I think, if they are interested in promoting peace, they should pick a different format.

They have the format wrong.

What they should do is have an Indian/Pakistani night, inviting Indians and Pakistanis; a Bosnian/Herzog night (with different ethnics); a Somali night (with different ethnics); an Israeli/Middle Eastern night; etc.

No alcholic drinks will be served.

8 John June 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

They have a vague definition of “conflict” if they’re listing Venezuela, it’s not like America is best friends with Chavez but nobody’s gearing up the predator drones or anything to go pick a fight there.

9 TGGP June 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Tyler last posted on Conflict Kitchen two years ago.

10 Scott June 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Ironically, the restaurant is located in one of the most violent neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. I used to live right up the street. Gunshots almost daily.

11 Pete June 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

That area has picked up dramatically in the last few years – Conflict Kitchen is around the corner from Whole Foods, most of the new high end restaurants, yoga studios, new condos, a new branch of the library, etc. Not the same East Liberty is used to be.

12 Dave June 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Agree with Pete. Having lived not far from 2007-2009, East Liberty is turning into one of the hip places to be these days. Several good bars right around there.

13 Matt Flipago June 17, 2012 at 12:29 am

Cuban Restaurant is now open.

14 Dismalist June 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm

How about some nice wars with France and [northern] Italy?

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