Cincinnati’s Table

The Welcome Project was selected as the partner organization as part of United Way's 'The Shift" program, entitled 'Cincinnati's Table'. The Cincinnati's Table project aims to bridge relationships within neighborhoods including but not limited to helping immigrants connect with each other and their neighbors through shared meals. 

Welcome will implement one meal per month for 13 months across Cincinnati. Each meal will revolve around a theme or focus (such as peace-making, introductions, diaspora, etc.), which will be introduced by a local artist through an interactive artwork or installation, and also strengthened by food cooked by both a long time Cincinnati native from each neighborhood as well as by an immigrant or refugee, to best start conversations across many groups and bridge divided within our city. 


This series of meals will begin in late October at Tikkun Farm in Mt. Healthy with the theme of "repair/restore", featuring the cooking of a Palestian neighbor as well as the work of artist Denise Burge. In October 2019, the final meal will be a pot-luck and will also be the reveal of a culminating cook book that features all of the chefs, artists, and organizations that partook in this year-long project. 

Follow the journey at www.cincinnatistable.tumblr.com

Meet the Cincinnati’s Table Chefs

 
Morella Madriz, Venezuela  “I worked a lot, almost two days, with all my love put there to get the satisfaction of seeing smiling and pleased faces after tasting the food made by me”

Morella Madriz, Venezuela

“I worked a lot, almost two days, with all my love put there to get the satisfaction of seeing smiling and pleased faces after tasting the food made by me”

Luis Laya, Venezula  “In FireLab we cook to strengthen community, connect cultures, and celebrate creativity. We love sharing food and stories from our country (Venezuela) and elsewhere, building bridges between people and cultures using food as a universal language”

Luis Laya, Venezula

“In FireLab we cook to strengthen community, connect cultures, and celebrate creativity. We love sharing food and stories from our country (Venezuela) and elsewhere, building bridges between people and cultures using food as a universal language”

Lakshmi Prasad, South India  “Cooking is an act of love and generosity. For me, it is very gratifying to be able to create and feed people the nourishing food that I grew up eating”

Lakshmi Prasad, South India

“Cooking is an act of love and generosity. For me, it is very gratifying to be able to create and feed people the nourishing food that I grew up eating”

Azzezah Ali, Iraq  Azzezah Ali hails from Baghdad, Iraq, where she worked in education for nearly 25 years. She served as both a mentor and a supervisor, until she fled Iraq in 2015. She came to Cincinnati because of the excellent education services for her special needs son, and started a small business baking Iraqi-style pita bread in a tandoor oven.

Azzezah Ali, Iraq

Azzezah Ali hails from Baghdad, Iraq, where she worked in education for nearly 25 years. She served as both a mentor and a supervisor, until she fled Iraq in 2015. She came to Cincinnati because of the excellent education services for her special needs son, and started a small business baking Iraqi-style pita bread in a tandoor oven.

Esther Boakye and Augustina Afrakoma, Ghana

Esther Boakye and Augustina Afrakoma, Ghana

George Abughosh, Palestine

George Abughosh, Palestine

Bhim Dulal, Nepal  “We like to share our food, our country, and our culture with everybody”

Bhim Dulal, Nepal

“We like to share our food, our country, and our culture with everybody”

Anu Tamrakar, Nepal

Anu Tamrakar, Nepal

Manzara Reed, Ivory Coast  “I enjoy cooking because cooking always brings people together”

Manzara Reed, Ivory Coast

“I enjoy cooking because cooking always brings people together”

Mercedes Rendon, Maggie, and Karen Aparicio, Mexico

Mercedes Rendon, Maggie, and Karen Aparicio, Mexico

Melis Ayogan, Turkey  “There are 7 billion people in this world and we are all connected by one thing – gathering around food”

Melis Ayogan, Turkey

“There are 7 billion people in this world and we are all connected by one thing – gathering around food”

Maria Bhen, Cambodia  Maria Bhen left her homeland of Cambodia 10 years ago and settled in the United States. She just recently graduated from a local culinary program here in Cincinnati and if tastebuds are any measure, look for her and her Cambodian cuisine to stick around.

Maria Bhen, Cambodia

Maria Bhen left her homeland of Cambodia 10 years ago and settled in the United States. She just recently graduated from a local culinary program here in Cincinnati and if tastebuds are any measure, look for her and her Cambodian cuisine to stick around.

Alaa Chamma, Syria

Alaa Chamma, Syria

Krishna Bhandari and Khadka Magar, Nepal

Krishna Bhandari and Khadka Magar, Nepal