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Fri, Nov 05


KQED Headquarters

KQED with Cecilia Phillips

An interactive tasting and discussion with chef Reem Assil on reforming the restaurant industry to create a community-rooted food culture.

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KQED with Cecilia Phillips
KQED with Cecilia Phillips

Time & Location

Nov 05, 2021, 7:00 PM PDT

KQED Headquarters, 2601 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

About the Event


Chef and activist Reem Assil joins Check Please! Bay Area Producer Cecilia Phillips to discuss her work to reform the restaurant industry for a sustainable and community-rooted food culture. She’ll serve up small bites for the audience as well, teaching us about what goes into some of her favorite dishes.

Reem Assil founded Reem’s with a passion for the flavors of Arab street-corner bakeries and the vibrant communities where they’re located. Growing up in a Palestinian-Syrian household, Reem was surrounded by the aromas and tastes of food from the homeland and the connections they evoked of her heritage, family, and community. Before dedicating herself to a culinary career, Reem worked for a decade as a community and labor organizer, and brings the warmth of community to all her events. She has worked with the Bay Area’s esteemed cooperative bakery Arizmendi Bakery & Pizzeria, Grace Street Catering, Local Flavors, and several local chefs. She is a graduate of the competitive food business incubator program, La Cocina. and business accelerator program ICA: Fund Good Jobs. Reem was a 2018 James Beard Semi-Finalist for Best Chef West, San Francisco Magazine's 2018 Chef of the Year and San Francisco Chronicle's 2017 Rising Star Chef.

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