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a dinner series benefitting new arrival refugee families resettling in Los Angeles

Welcome, neighbor! Join us for a 4-part dinner series benefitting Miry’s List, a nonprofit organization serving families resettling in CA.

First Dinner – Valentines Day Thursday February 14th, 2019 @ 7pm

Spread Mediterranean Kitchen, 334 S. Main Street, 90013


Guest Chef: Evan Kleiman RADIO HOST, CHEF & AUTHOR

Evan Kleiman is a true culinary multitasker. Chef, author, radio host, restaurateur and sought after speaker, she has been called "the fairy Godmother of the LA food scene" for her central role in bringing a community of food people together through her radio show, Good Food. As host of Good Food on KCRW since 1997, Evan has interviewed more than 6000 guests ranging from celebrated chefs to local farmers, enabling her to explore every aspect of food and how it intersects with human life.

As proprietor and chef of Angeli Caffe for 28 years before its close. When Angeli opened in 1984 Evan was credited with reintroducing rustic Italian cooking to the US.

Evan is an active speaker on culinary subjects as well as issues of food culture and sustainability and, just to keep a balance, she has a very public love affair with Pie. Good Food received Best Audio Series award from the IACP in 2012. In 2017 Evan was inducted into the James Beard Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.


Abeer Aljrafi & her family of Syria arrived to Los Angeles mid-2016, after a 3 year wait in Egypt while they awaited resettlement. They are a mom, dad and 4 kids aged 14, 15, 18 and 20. Jamal, the dad, is a globally recognized Thai boxing champion and coach. Mom, Abeer, who is an incredibly talented cook, was an aerobics instructor in Syria. Their eldest son, Nasser, works as a barista at Zweet Cafe in Eagle Rock and attends community college in Glendale, earning a degree in computer science. He plans to transfer to USC next year.

Recently, Abeer cooked alongside Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's Good Food, sharing her legendary hummus recipe and techniques, at New Arrival Festival in downtown Los Angeles. Abeer can't wait to share her cooking with the guests at the break fast and Jamal is excited to speak with everyone about their family's experience and how people can help families who are resettling here in Southern California as refugees.

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About this series

Starting on February 14th, Spread Mediterranean Kitchen will host a pop up dinner series in featuring accomplished chef's who will cook a Middle eastern, family style dinner alongside a participant from The New Arrivals Supper Club,

The New Arrivals Supper Club aims is to empower newly settled refugees through opportunities to earn money, meet their new communities and share their culture through food. All proceeds from each dinner will benefit Miry's List