Events & Appearances

From keynote speeches & industry panels
to cooking demos & collaboration dinners,
check out Reem’s past appearances,
and collaborate on future ones!


Featured Appearances

"We need to be working towards true innovation ... where more people are allowed to fail so that we can get closer to our true selves.” // READ MORE //

Young Guns Summit 2019 


The View from the Kitchen

Summer 2019

“Food is inherently political. Our food is a marker of our cultural identity... you cannot separate one from the other.” // HEAR MORE //

Food & Entrepreneurship Conference 2018

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Past Appearances

The following is a highlights list of Reem's past appearances since 2017:

  • Museum of Food and Drink 2020

  • Asian Art Museum At The Table 2020

  • Allied Media Conference 2020

  • Arabee SAWA Camp 2020

  • Toronto Palestine Film Festival 2020

  • Charleston Food & Wine 2020

  • Museum of African Diaspora Decolonize Your Food 2020

  • CIA Worlds of Flavor 2019

  • We Are La Cocina Book Tour 2019

  • Iconoclast Dinner Series Honoree @ James Beard House 2019

  • Philly Chef Conference 2019

  • La Cocina Conference 2015-2018

  • InspireSF Small Business Conference 2018

  • F&B Voices from the Kitchen 2019

  • Punch Spirit Forward 2019 Series

  • Eater Young Guns Summit 2019

  • Sofra Daymeh, Los Angeles 2019

  • Macy’s Culinary Council 2019

  • Portland Feast (Bon Appetit) 2018 & 2019

  • Healthyish Summit. Brooklyn 2018

  • Aspen Food and Wine Festival 2018

  • Culinary Institute of America World of Flavors 2018 

  • NYT Voices from the Kitchen (YBCA) 2018

  • James Beard Taste of America. SF 2018​

  • LA18 Summit

  • Real Food Real Stories 2017

  • Assymetrical Table. NYC 2017

#IACP2020Cooks Conference: Restaurants in the Time of COVID
Oct 24, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Past Events

  • MOFAD Panel: Covid & Restaurants: Where Do We Go From Here?
    Wed, Oct 14
    Oct 14, 2020, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM PDT
    Join Reem in a panel with others in the restaurant industry hosted by the Museum of Food and Drink about how restaurants are surviving during this pandemic and changing and including equity in their models. Image: MOFAD Logo.
  • Fatayer Jibneh Class with Hoopes Vineyards
    Sun, Aug 16
    Online Event with Ticket
    Aug 16, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM PDT
    Online Event with Ticket
    Join Reem in making fatayer jibneh - Akkawi cheese & nigella seeds turnovers - in partnership with Hoopes Vineyards through their "Of Corks & Cooks" Virtual Events on Sunday afternoon 8/16.
  • ChefsFeed Chefstival - Livestream Benefit for SF New Deal
    Sun, May 24
    May 24, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Pinch savory spinach pies - fatayer sabanikh - with Reem Sunday 5/24 11A PST as part of a fundraiser for SF New Deal.
  • Toronto Palestine Film Festival: Shorbat Freekeh with Reem Assil
    Fri, May 22
    Facebook Live
    May 22, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Facebook Live
    Watch Palestinian-Syrian Chef Reem Assil show us how to make her delicious Shorbat Freekeh, a cracked green wheat chicken soup. Her San Francisco, California restaurant Reem's is inspired by her passion for Arab street corner bakeries and the vibrant communities that surround them.
  • Institute for Middle East Understanding IG Live Cooking
    Sun, May 17
    TBD; Please check IMEU
    May 17, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PDT
    TBD; Please check IMEU
    Reem will share how to make makloubeh with a Palestinian salad from her home to your's as part of IMEU's program during shelter in place.
  • Charleston 2020 Food & Wine Festival: Breaking Bread
    Sun, Mar 08
    Charleston Wine + Food
    Mar 08, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
    Charleston Wine + Food, 1503 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
    Reem's Breaking Bread Workshop is part of a vibrant gathering of top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, and food enthusiasts from around the globe, convening in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Charleston Wine & Food: Whose Food Is It Anyway Panel
    Fri, Mar 06
    The American Theatre
    Mar 06, 2020, 2:00 PM – 5:05 PM EST
    The American Theatre, 446 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
    Reem joins a panel of other chefs to talk about the personal and the political aspects of the idea of ownership of food.
  • Civic Engagement through Food
    Thu, Feb 27
    Ferry Building
    Feb 27, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
    Ferry Building, One, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
    Reem joins Nina Ichikawa, ED of the Berkeley Food Institute for a conversation hosted by CUESA & SPUR on how we use our collective energies to galvanize the food movement for larger systems change and how can we best nourish ourselves and our neighbors, while fighting for the causes we care about.
  • Museum of African Diaspora Decolonize Your Food
    Sat, Jan 25
    Museum of the African Diaspora
    Jan 25, 2020, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
    From Turtle Island to Palestine, an afternoon of food and conversation about food sovereignty with food justice activists
  • Culinary Institute of America
    Wed, Nov 06
    The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute
    Nov 06, 2019, 2:00 PM – Nov 08, 2019, 1:30 PM
    The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute, 500 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
    Chef Reem Assil presents at the 21st Annual Conference of the Worlds of Flavor: Cultures of Deliciousness, flavors and traditions in motion, from the Mediterranean and Middle East to South Asia.
  • Ode to Kitchen Matriarchs
    Thu, Oct 24
    James Beard Foundation
    Oct 24, 2019, 7:00 PM
    James Beard Foundation, 167 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
    Chef Reem cooks at the James Beard House. Even though women have been captains of the kitchen far longer than men, too many are forgotten by history or glossed over in favor of their male counterparts.
  • Hot Luck Road Trip: Oakland (Afternoon)
    Sun, Oct 13
    4505 Burgers & BBQ MacArthur
    Oct 13, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    4505 Burgers & BBQ MacArthur, 3506 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619, USA
    Feast with with Chef Reem and others! Created by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue, Loro), Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, it is a one of a kind finger-licking & finger-picking good time.
  • San Francisco Street Food Festival
    Sat, Oct 12
    The Power Station
    Oct 12, 2019, 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
    The Power Station, 420 23rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
    La Cocina's San Francisco Street Food Festival is a vibrant celebration of community, culture, and entrepreneurial spirit featuring 50+ chefs and restaurants. Come for a full day of eating and drinking, and stay for an event that promotes equity for women, immigrant, and POC-owned businesses.
  • We Are La Cocina Book Tour: Nashville Dinner and Book Signing
    Sat, Sep 28
    The Nashville Food Project, Inc.
    Sep 28, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:35 PM EDT
    The Nashville Food Project, Inc., 5904 California Ave, Nashville, TN 37209, USA
    Join Reem and other La Cocina Alum in celebrating the work of San Francisco-based La Cocina with a meal from top Nashville chefs.
  • Cali-Pali-Pino brunch
    Sun, Sep 08
    Sep 08, 2019, 11:20 PM – Sep 09, 2019, 3:00 PM
    LASA, 727 N Broadway #120, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Sunday in LA @reem.assil will be throwing down at @lasa_la And @pcpla for a Cali-Pali-Pino style brunch. Come through for those #baytola flavors stay for the Palestinian and Filipino food combos your tastebuds can only dream about. Seating is limited so make your reservations soon!
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