Syrian, Iraqi refugees to prepare Hope & Sesame dinner on Sunday

If you’ve ever wanted to try Syrian and Iraqi cuisine, Sunday is your chance.

Austin doesn’t have many Middle Eastern restaurants that specialize in these cuisines, but thanks to Hope & Sesame, a nonprofit whose mission is “empowering recently-resettled refugees through opportunities to integrate economically and socially into the Austin community,” a group of Syrian and Iraqi cooks will be preparing a dinner at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive, to raise money for the organization.

Hope & Sesame has hosted several of these dinners in the past year, including several with a focus on Afghani cuisine.

What’s on the menu? They organizers haven’t said exactly, but guests can expect vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as some including meat. In keeping with Muslim customs, this event is alcohol-free.

Tickets cost a suggested donation of $70, but the organization has encouraged people who want to attend to come, even if they can’t donate that amount. You can find out more about the organization and find out more about upcoming events at hopeandsesame.org.

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.com.

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