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Delicious diplomacy: 5 dishes from Pittsburgh’s ‘Conflict Kitchen’

Fantastic Idea, very nicely presented! I hope other towns pick up on it.

Fusion

It is an unwritten military maxim: in order to turn the nation against an enemy, the nation must seize seeing the other side as human, and begin to understand them simply as an enemy.

That is pretty depressing, and it’s something the owners of Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen are acutely aware of. The restaurant seeks to overcome cultural misunderstandings by exclusively serving the cuisine from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict.

The restaurant works with those still living in the country at hand, as well as local members of the diaspora, to develop “events, performances, publications and discussions” to supplement the food, and also to “instigate questioning, conversation, and debate with [its] customers.”

CK-skypemeal-1A live Skype meal between Pittsburgh and Tehran, Iran

Every few months the restaurant rotates its identity to relate to current geopolitical events. So far it has seen installments from Afghanistan, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and…

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