Art From the Ground Up
3:30 am
Thu March 27, 2014

At Conflict Kitchen, Food's Not The Only Thing On The Menu

Conflict Kitchen
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NPR once referred to the Conflict Kitchen in Schenley Plaza as “an experimental public art project, and the medium is the sandwich wrap.”

It’s take-out food where you take away more than just something to eat. Conflict Kitchen only serves food from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict.

Co-directors Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski schedule events, performances and discussions that seek to expand public engagement with culture, politics and issues at stake within the focus country.

This unique Pittsburgh venture headed by culinary artist and head chef Robert Sayre is one of many innovative ideas realized with help from the grant-making agency, the Sprout Fund.

Vincent DeGeorge of Morgantown, a customer of Conflict Kitchen, said people can sometimes tune out news media accounts on important issues, and he appreciates the non-traditional approach to foster awareness and spur conversation.