New Cuisines Added to Global Tastes

Sep 25, 2017

Area residents have a chance to experience different cultures of the world thanks to the Global Tastes of Scranton program. The program brings traditions and cuisines new to the Scranton area with the help of local refugee populations and provides a unique opportunity for cross-cultural exchange.

This fall the Global Tastes Program will create a pop-up restaurant featuring cuisine made by Syrian refugee “guest chefs” in collaboration with Terra Preta Restaurant and Lackawanna College’s Kiesendahl School of Hospitality. The evening will also include special dance performances and information about the refugee crisis, including a greeting from the local Syrian refugee community. The food served will include authentic kabsa, kibbeh, grape leaves, hummus, tabbouleh and for dessert, Halawet El Jibn.

The event will be at 6:30 p.m. on October 14 in the Scranton Cultural Center on 420 N. Washington Ave. in Scranton. Tickets will be $35 and space is limited. Registration closes October 6; to register go to

Organizers of the Global Tastes of Scranton program are Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton, Lackawanna College Kiesendahl School of Hospitality, Lackawanna County Department of Arts and Culture, Scranton Cultural Center, Terra Preta Restaurant and The University of Scranton (Office of Community and Government Relations, World Languages and Cultures Department, Philosophy Department, and Women's Studies Department), with support from Lackawanna Heritage Valley, the Scranton Area Community Foundation, and the University’s Refugee Solidarity Crisis committee.

Last fall members of the local Congolese refugee community presented traditional food and aspects of their culture at the Scranton Cultural Center.

Back to Top