Break Bread with us this summer

Join us as we break bread with our neighbors and learn more about the cultural wealth of resettled communities that call Richmond, Virginia home. Our first event in the Breaking Bread Series is a night of dinner, drinks, and conversation featuring a tasting menu prepared by local Afghan chefs.

Friday, July 12, 2019 | 6-9pm | Mobelux at Saunders Station: 1635 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

About the Chefs

Jalal hopes to open a food truck or restaurant, and Breaking Bread is his first opportunity to work alongside his wife Zakia towards that dream.

Jalal hopes to open a food truck or restaurant, and Breaking Bread is his first opportunity to work alongside his wife Zakia towards that dream.

Jalal and Zakia are a husband a wife team who resettled in Richmond, Virginia in 2015. In Afghanistan, Jalal worked as a human resources manager and supported the U.S. mission against terrorism; doing so put him and his family in danger. With the support of the Richmond community and ReEstablish Richmond, Jalal is working as a workforce management analyst and Zakia is working as a tailor at a local bridal shop. They both dream of opening their own food truck or restaurant. Though accustomed to catering for large family and community gatherings, Breaking Bread is Jalal and Zakia's debut in sharing their food and culture with the Richmond food scene.

About the Event

6-7pm | Cocktails

7-9pm | Seated, family-style dinner and cultural presentation about Afghan cuisine

Ticket price includes drink, dinner, and dessert. Additional drinks and desserts to take home will be for sale during the event.

 

About the Menu

The Breaking Bread Afghan meal will be served family style, and it will be accompanied by a presentation and discussion of the power of food in Afghan culture.

Qabeli Palau with meat | rice mixed with carrot, raisin, almond, and veal

Chicken Karai | chicken with tomato and pepper with seasoning

Afghanistan Salata | onion, tomato, pepper, mint leaves and traditional Afghan spices

Gosh-e-Feel or Elephant Ear | a traditional Afghan dessert of fried sweet bread with green cardamom

Homemade bread

Afghan tea

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Cooking cannot only balm our emotions and sustain, it is also a constant reminder of transformation and possibil­ity. Just watch things like flour and buttermilk get stirred together into a shaggy dough and then, just like that, stand tall in the oven as they become bronzed biscuits. Cook­ing shows us over and over again that we can make things happen, we can make change happen, with just our own hands. Food is metaphor personified and within that there is reaffirmation of what we can accomplish.
— Julia Turshen