Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen is a restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration is augmented by events, performances, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus country. The restaurant rotates identities every few months in relation to current geopolitical events.

Operating seven days a week in the middle of the city, Conflict Kitchen uses the social relations of food and economic exchange to engage the general public in discussions about countries, cultures, and people that they might know little about outside of the polarizing rhetoric of governmental politics and the narrow lens of media headlines. 

Jon Rubin
co-director

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    Arepas Kitchen, Venezualan Takeout, East Liberty

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    Cocina Cubana, East Liberty

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    Bolani Pazi, Afghan Takeout, East Liberty

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    Cooking with North Koreans

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    Long line at Schenley Plaza

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    Visitors enjoy an Iranian lunch, Schenley Plaza

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    An actor portrays President Obama addressing the Iranian people in a lunchtime performance at Schenley Plaza

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    Cocina Del Conflicto, Schenley Plaza

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    Customer reads about Cuba in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Plaza

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    Kubideh Kitchen, Iranian Takeout, East Liberty