August 23, 2010

Food for Thought

Just ran across this great article on SlashFood that discusses a new food vendor in East Liberty titled Conflict Kitchen. From Carnegie Mellon:
Carnegie Mellon University School of Art Professor Jon Rubin, adjunct assistant professor of art John Peña (A'08) and Dawn Weleski (A'09) are opening an Iranian takeout restaurant in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Saturday May 7 as part of a yearlong art project called "Conflict Kitchen." The kitchen only serves cuisine from countries that the United States is in conflict with to raise awareness of the issues between the countries and to gain a better understanding of the highlighted countries social and culture life.

"Kubideh Kitchen," the Iranian take-out restaurant, will be the first iteration of Conflict Kitchen. Brett Yasko, an adjunct professor in the School of Design, created the graphic design work and Pablo Garcia, the Lucian and Rita Caste Chair in Architecture and assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon, created the architectural design of the storefront. Illah Nourbakhsh, assistant professor in the Robotics Institute and a member of the Pittsburgh-Iranian community, advised the project.
What a totally cool concept to stir up some commentary and controversy both locally and nationally! Stop by next door to another CMU venture, the Waffle Shop at the corner of Highland and Baum, everyday from 11am-2pm and on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm-3am!

Link to Conflict Kitchen
Link to SlashFood article

(Photo at top by Keith Srakocic/AP Photo, photo at bottom from the Conflict Kitchen site)

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