Community Cosponsors include Anonymous • Haifaa Al-Moammar • Ellen Deeb • John Densmore • Jodie Evans
• MARKAZ CIRCLE Bana Hilal • Sarah Jacobus • Paula Walker & many more
With Syria’s four million refugees in the news daily, the need for food relief is stark. The roots of this crisis are deep and stretch back to the second Gulf War, but the time has come for western nations to step forward and address this international drama.
In Southern California, having formed a coalition, The Markaz, Arts Center for the Greater Middle East, will present SOUP FOR SYRIA, FOOD AND ARTS FESTIVAL, on Saturday, October 10th, 5 to 10 pm. Proceeds from the festival will help feed more than 1,000 Syrian refugees, under the auspices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and the Karam Foundation—an American nonprofit that has been working in Syria for nearly a decade.
Join us for a delicious dinner in a festive environment, and an evening of live performances on stage with special celebrity guests, at the Pico Union Project! (If you're unable to attend, you can still support this initiative, see below.)
All profits from the sales of the Soup for Syria cookbook edited by Barbara Massad from Interlink Books will be donated to the UN refugee agency UNHCR to help fund food relief efforts, and 50% of all revenues from this event will be contributed to the Karam Foundation to assist in essential Syrian refugee relief programs.
On October 10th, 5 to 10 pm, at the Pico Union Project near downtown Los Angeles, The Markaz in partnership with Muslims for Progressive Values, the Karam Foundation, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, CODEPINK Women for Peace, The Peace Project, Mediators Beyond Borders, LA Jews for Peace, Bloom, Carousel and many other concerned parties, invite you to participate in this very special charity event to benefit the refugees of Syria.
You can participate as a supporter at one of the following levels, by making your tax-deductible contribution by check payable to Muslims for Progressive Values, with "Soup for Syria" in the memo line of your check, and send to The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035-2657. We hope to see you there! (Questions? Call us at 310.657.5511.)
Here's how you can participate (SPONSORSHIP DEADLINE IS SEPT. 30. 2015):
1. Cook and donate a large pot of delicious soup or stew (your own favorite recipe) that can be offered for sale with individual servings at the Soup for Syria event [download form here]; AND/OR
2. Send a charitable contribution to The Markaz or register for the event at the bottom of this page:
$10,000 Soup for Syria Director’s Circle—Includes listing as the top Soup for Syria sponsor, plus 10 copies of the Soup for Syria cookbook, along with 10 Patron Tickets to the Soup for Syria charity event on Saturday, October 10th, 5 to 10 pm, which includes 10 Patron concert seats and dinner for 10.
$5,000 Soup for Syria Ambassador’s Circle—Includes listing at the Ambassador Level Soup for Syria sponsor, plus 5 copies of the Soup for Syria cookbook, along with 8 Patron Tickets to the "Soup for Syria" charity event on Saturday, October 10th, 5 to 10 pm, which includes 8 Patron concert seats and dinner for 8.
$2,500 Soup for Syria Benefactor’s Circle—Includes listing at the Benefactor Level Soup for Syria sponsor, plus 5 copies of the Soup for Syria cookbook, along with 4 Patron Tickets to the "Soup for Syria" charity event on Saturday, October 10th, 5 to 10 pm, which includes 4 Patron concert seats and dinner for 4.
$1,000 Soup for Syria Markaz Circle—Includes listing at the Markaz Level Soup for Syria sponsor, plus 2 copies of the Soup for Syria cookbook, along with 2 Patron Tickets to the "Soup for Syria" charity event on Saturday, October 10th, 5 to 10 pm, which includes 2 Patron concert seats and dinner for 2.
$500 Soup for Syria Director’s Circle—8 Patron Tickets to the Soup for Syria charity event on Saturday, October 10th, 5 to 10 pm, includes 8 Patron concert seats and dinner for 8.
$250 Soup for Syria Peace Circle—2 Patron passes to the Soup for Syria charity event on Saturday, October 10th, 5 to 10 pm, includes 1 copy of the Soup for Syria cookbook, concert seats and dinner for 2.
$100 Soup for Syria Activist Circle—2 Patron passes to the Soup for Syria charity event on Saturday, October 10th, 5 to 10 pm, includes 2 concert seats and dinner for 2.
Return here for updates on participating chefs, artists and celebrities.
The need for food relief is great and growing. Acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors the world over have come together to help food relief efforts to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees. Each has contributed a recipe to a beautifully illustrated cookbook of delicious soups from around the world.
More than 80 famous chefs have come together for food relief: Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi, Anthony Bourdain, Mark Bittman, Alice Waters, Paula Wolfert, Claudia Roden, Sally Butcher, Ana Sortun, Greg Malouf, Aglaia Kremenzi, and many others.
Soup for Syria
Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity
collected and photographed by Barbara Abdeni Massaad (watch a video where she talks about the idea for the book)
A BEAUTIFUL COOKBOOK TO BE CHERISHED FOR ITS LOOK, ITS CONTENT, AND THE CAUSE IT SUPPORTS
• Celebrity chefs contribute favorite recipes to help feed Syrian refugees
• Fabulous soups from around the world—from hearty winter warmers to chilled summer soups
• Easy-to-follow instructions with stunning color photos throughout
• Recipes made with no-fuss ingredients found in your local supermarket
The profits from the sales of the cookbook will be donated to help fund food relief efforts through the Untied Nation’s UNHCR. Most Syrians hope that one day they will be able to return to their country and rebuild their lives. For now, though, what we can do is listen to their pleas. Be part of this vital work of saving lives and help us deliver essential food items to the displaced refugees.
Barbara Abdeni Massaad is a food writer, TV host, cookbook author, and a regular contributor to international cooking magazines. She is the author of Interlink’s bestselling cookbook Man’oushe : Inside the Street Corner Lebanese Bakery. She won the the Gourmand Cookbook Award and the International Academy of Gastronomy Award for Mouneh: Preserving Foods for the Lebanese Pantry. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she moved to Florida at a young age. She gained her real culinary experience while helping her father in their family-owned Lebanese restaurant Kebabs and Things. After moving back to Lebanon in 1988, and completing university there, she decided to pursue her passion for cooking. Determined to gain proper experience within the culinary world, Barbara trained with several renowned chefs at Lebanese, Italian, and French restaurants. She is also a founding member of Slow Food Beirut and an active participant in the International Slow Food movement. She lives in Beirut with her husband and three children.
Praise for the project
“Soup for Syria may be the most compelling cookbook ever created. Through her photographs and collected recipes, Barbara Massaad directly connects us with a people in dire need of our help. Just holding this book is nourishment for the soul.”
—Jim Clancy, former CNN Correspondent and Anchor, awarded A.H. Boerma medal for coverage of food and hunger issues by F.A.O. (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization)
From the contributors
“When I visited the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, I said to them: ‘Had I been a barber, I would have cut your hair for free. Because I am a cookbook writer and photographer, I am doing what I can do to help through my work.”
—Barbara Abdeni Massaad
“Soup is elemental, and it always makes sense, even when the world around us fails to.”
“Whether we are in times of crisis or times of peace, gathering family and friends together around the table and sharing food is one of the most powerful and life-affirming acts we can do. And there is nothing more comforting and nourishing than a bowl of warm soup.”
International Cooking • 8 ½” x 11” • 208 pages • full-color photos • ISBN 978-1-56656-089-4 • hardback • $30.00
- October 10, 2015 at 5pm – 10pm
- Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St, LA 90015
- $25.00 USD
- 49 people are going