AAFSC's Advisory Council is proud to present a special cooking fundraiser on May 19 to support AAFSC's food security initiatives!

Join us on Wednesday, May 19, 6:00PM to learn how to prepare tabbouleh and fattet hummus with Chef Fatima Kwara from Brooklyn’s Tanabel restaurant (recently featured in The New Yorker)! Your attendance will support AAFSC’s initiative to end food insecurity in New York City’s vulnerable immigrant and refugee communities.

For this class, Tanabel’s founder Hannah Goldberg and head chef Fatima Kwara from Damascus will present two springtime recipes that are entirely vegan and easy to throw together for a healthy and satisfying supper! First up, Fatima’s peerless tabbouleh, a fresh parsley and mint salad flecked with bulgur wheat and a special springtime ingredient beloved throughout the Middle East – sour baby plums! The main dish is a vegan take on the classic Syrian fattet – an explosion of textures from crispy pita to tender braised chickpeas enrobed in a silky sauce that eschews the usual tahini, yogurt and butter for a delicate emulsion of olive oil & chickpeas! We’ll finish it with a dusting of Burlap & Barrel’s wild mountain cumin and a discussion about some of the spices that make Syrian food shine!”

We encourage you to follow along with Chef Fatima and make the dish in your own kitchen! We will email you a list of ingredients and tools needed one week prior to the event to help you prepare – for any ingredients difficult to find, alternatives will be provided!

As a thank you, attendees will also receive a digital cookbook with a collection of 20+ special global recipes from AAFSC community members (including celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan) after the event. Register below!

*If you are unable to donate the suggested amount, please reach out to info@aafscny.org

BONUS - Enter a Raffle to Win a 6-Piece Spice Set from Burlap & Barrel!

Donate an additional amount using the Raffle option below and enter a draw to win a 6-piece spice set from Burlap & Barrel, a $50 value!


About Chef Fatima

Fatima arrived in the U.S. with her family in the fall of 2016. She lives with her husband and four children in Staten Island. Originally from Damascus, she loves the lighter side of Syrian food – evidenced in her impeccable tabbouleh, her supremely sour yalanji stuffed grape leaves and her excellent fatayer stuffed with wild greens, walnuts & pomegranate seeds.

About Tanabel

Tanabel is a Brooklyn-based food and events company that works with talented refugee women from across the Middle East, preparing and preserving their traditional recipes. The authentic, generous and delicious meals and packaged foods we prepare allow our cooks to share a taste of home with their new community and provide them with meaningful and empowering employment.

About Burlap & Barrel

Burlap & Barrel works directly with spice farms and cooperatives around the world to bring beautiful, unique spices to professional and home chefs in the United States. They extend farm to table values to spices for the first time, emphasizing the terroir of unique varietals that are grown, harvested and dried using traditional techniques.