Sometimes what we are raising money for and what we eat intersect, and it makes it a lot more real why we do all this cooking.
Syria is the prime example of such a case. So far, 2.7 million Syrians have been displaced, and over 6,000 people have been killed that we know about. Imagine if you had to leave your home for fear of your life. There are food and medicine shortages in the camps. I have friends there in both Damascus and Aleppo - who, touch wood, so far are OK - and John wrote very movingly at the end of 2011 of a close friend of his who was killed which you can read about here; over a year later the situation is worse, not better. Medecins Sans Frontieres are now very much in the country - so much so that a missile landed only 800m from an MSF field hospital in Aleppo less than a week ago. You can read about their work in Syria here.
The UN Peace Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says Syria is "being destroyed bit by bit" and that "the country is breaking up before everyone's eyes. Only the international community can help"
Will Aleppo end up looking like this - the dead city of Serjilla? And what of the amazing historical and cultural treasures there, which belong to the world? Already the amazing mediaeval souks in Aleppo have been destroyed; I would have been one of the last foreign people to see them and their donkey transport system.
Well the good news is that you CAN help. And you don't need to suffer doing it too. When you dine at Parkholme Supper Club, £35 of your £40 bill goes DIRECT to MSF. We don't touch it and we can prove it gets there - because you donate it yourself in your own name. Take a look at our Justgiving site - including the tax that MSF can claim back, we've raised over £31,000! Just come to ours for a fabulous Syrian dinner. Medecins Sans Frontieres is one of the most efficient charities, with around 85% of your donation actually going to the work they do (you may have noticed, they never advertise etc. like some charities).
On the menu will be:
Sabenirh Bezzet - Spinach and onions with spices
Kibbeh Bel Ferroun - Quince and Pomegranate Kibbeh, truly a “feast” dish
Yehlanji - Vegetarian stuffed vegetables
Kibbeh Bil Saniyeh – Damascene kibbeh, the kind Syrian Christians typically eat for Sunday lunch
Tabbouleh - Parsley and Burghul salad
Labna - Home made cream cheese balls
Falafel – homemade and really, really good
Fattoush - Typical Syrian salad with croutons
Hirak Isbaoo - Fabulous Lentil dish from “Naranje”, arguably the best restaurant in Damascus
Mutabal Kusa - Courgette pulp gently fried with garlic
Bulghur - Chickpea, Tomato and Bulghur Salad
Fasolia Bzait - Green Bean Salad
Homemade Syrian Cheese and Za’atar Bread
Arabic Bread and Olives
Ma’amoul – homemade Syrian date cakes
For more photos of the fascinating Syria we are losing, click here to go to an album on Facebook
Please e-mail us with bookings on firstname.lastname@example.org
Price will be £40 of which £35 will go direct to MSF to help with their work there.
We will be teaching a cooking lesson based on this supperclub on Weds 20th Feb, 6.30pm, mail us if you'd like to join (max 4 people), more details here: Syrian Cooking Lesson