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Larchmont/Mamaroneck’s Neighbors for Refugees Celebrates Welcoming Week by Hosting “A Taste of Home”
September 3 @ 8:00 am - September 20 @ 5:00 pm$50
Neighbors for Refugees Celebrates Welcoming Week by Partnering with FEZ, Turkish Meze on”A Taste of Home”: Authentic Afghan, Turkish, and Lebanese dishes prepared by refugees and immigrants who are now our neighbors
This year Neighbors for Refugees (NFR) will celebrate Welcoming Week with “A Taste of Home” meal made by immigrants and refugees who are now our neighbors. Under the theme of “Creating Home Together,” NFR is partnering with FEZ, Turkish Meze restaurant, located in Mamaroneck, to offer community members the opportunity to purchase an authentic meal consisting of food from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Lebanon, cooked by immigrants and refugees.
Meals, priced at $50 per person, will be prepared at FEZ by its staff and Mahnaz and Wahida, new immigrants from Afghanistan, who are thrilled to be cooking and interacting with the community. In addition to delicious dishes like Turkish Kebab, Eggplant Moussaka, and Afghani Zarishk Palo, each customer will receive a handmade mask made by a Syrian refugee Amina of AminasAlterations.com.
Register at https://forms.gle/xKzLcgvdLjLWVw1e6.
“We are excited to be working with FEZ, Turkish Meze. We love their food and love that they have joined with us to celebrate the diversity of food cultures among us,” said Holly Rosen Fink, Vice-President of Neighbors for Refugees. “We’re especially grateful that they are bringing in two Afghan refugees to create a special meal for people to experience the delicious flavors from that region, along with the wonderful dishes they already have on the menu. We hope customers will know they are also contributing to the empowerment of these refugee women by providing them the opportunity to earn income for their cooking while gaining confidence in their ability to participate in a commercial setting.”
The cooks themselves, Mahnaz and Wahida, said, “We are so thankful for the warmth and hospitality we are receiving in this accommodating community. We appreciate the effort that Neighbors for Refugees is putting into enabling us to feed and engage with our new neighbors.”
“We are so happy to be celebrating Welcoming Week with our friends at Neighbors for Refugees,” said Ahoud Bata, owner of FEZ, Turkish Meze. “There are so many possibilities that can happen by working together. I’m looking forward to seeing our friends and customers on those days and hoping to make new friends from our lovely community,”
The four-course meal is $50, and includes one of Amina’s hand- made masks. Fez will start taking orders from today and have everything available for pick up on September 15, 16, and 17. Payment is with Venmo @Ahoud-Bata or by calling the restaurant at (914) 341-1122 with credit card information.
The URL for the Google form is https://forms.gle/xKzLcgvdLjLWVw1e6. Orders are due by September 13, and meals can be picked up at 409 Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Mamaroneck.
Neighbors for Refugees is also hosting two virtual events during Welcoming Week. On September 15, they are having an event called “Legal Workshop: Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers,” co-sponsored by the Westchester Refugee Initiative. On September 17, they are hosting a conversation, co-sponsored by Welcome Home Jersey City, with Jessica Goudeau, author of “After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America”. For more information on these events, visit NeighborsForRefugees.org.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Welcoming Week will look different this year, with many communities opting to host virtual events and increase social media engagement. To see a full list of events around the world, visit welcomingweek.org. Organizations, local governments, and individuals are encouraged to participate.
About Neighbors for Refugees
Larchmont/Mamaroneck-based Neighbors for Refugees advocates for refugees’ rights everywhere and works directly with refugee families to provide them with the necessary services, resources, and community support to bolster their resilience, achieve self-sufficiency, and thrive in their new homes.
About Fez, Turkish Meze
For nearly 20 years, Turkish Meze in Mamaroneck has been serving specialty Turkish food to customers from all around Westchester. Since 2016, the restaurant has been under new ownership; the Daas family, who have recently made Mamaroneck their home. FEZ continues to serve Turkish cuisine, but now with the addition of Lebanese dishes. Given the pandemic, the restaurant has transitioned into take-out only and transformed half of its space into a specialty grocery store carrying Levantine groceries. FEZ, Turkish Meze is 100% family-owned and operated by the welcoming and accommodating Daas family.
About Welcoming America
Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong. We believe that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors and vital to our communities’ success and shared future. Launched in 2009, Welcoming America has spurred a growing movement across the United States, with one in every eight Americans living in a welcoming place. Learn more at welcomingamerica.org.
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