The Southern Crescent (814 Hinton Avenue in Belmont)
When a group of UVA students wanted to find a way to engage with the refugee community in Charlottesville, they immediately thought of trying to bring people together through food. They had heard of a similar initiative, Refugee Food Festival, which had been successful in Europe and decided to model something similar in Charlottesville. Their new organization, Taste of Home, “seeks to promote cultural exchange” by organizing pop-up events at local restaurants, showcasing food prepared by refugee chefs.
The very first pop-up dinner was held in early May at the Southern Crescent restaurant in Belmont. Heba and Nsreen Ghazoul, sisters-in-law who were resettled by the IRC in Charlottesville, prepared a feast of Syrian specialties. We hope you'll join us at the upcoming second dinner, where two Afghan participants in the IRC's New Roots program will showcase the best of Afghan cuisine.
For more information on the organization, and to purchase tickets for this event, please visit the Taste of Home website.