Food has a unique power to bring people together—it’s a well-known fact. So what better way to welcome newcomers to a community than over a good meal?
Dinner is just what Brittani Farrington’s Hamilton church had in mind to welcome Syrian refugee families that had travelled the arduous journey from Syria to Jordan to Toronto to Hamilton—except a few of the Syrian women generously insisted that they be the ones to cook for their new neighbours. And their cooking ended up being the perfect way to introduce themselves; after all, the expression of food can circumvent any language barrier.
It was also this generosity and passion for cooking that would plant the seed for a soon-to-be blossoming all-women catering business, as a clear opportunity began to reveal itself at the welcome dinner when the Syrian home-cooked meals were a huge hit.
With the help of a translator, three of the chefs–Rawa’a, Dalal, and Manahel–asked Farrington, “how do we sell our food in Canada?”