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

Sliced Tomato
"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 

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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 //
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Food & Entrepreneurship Conference 2018

Keynote Speaker

“Reem’s is a place where you can imagine a different way for the world to run, where those in the margins are at the center.” 

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Past Appearances

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

  • KQED Live 2021

  • Indie Chefs DC Hikayat Al Sham 2021

  • Bon Appetit Heads of the Table 2021

  • James Beard Stories of Resilience 2021

  • 18 Reasons Fundraising Dinner 2021

  • James Beard Award

  • Digital Age Learning EdHarmony Summer Institute 2021

  • Allied Media Project Palestine is Getting Free 2021

  • American Muslims for Palestine Turning Tables 2021

  • Middle Eastern Children's Alliance Palestine on a Plate 2021

  • SF Urban Film Fest 2021

  • 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

Emerson Collective Fellows Friday with Reem Assil
Nov 12, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST
Zoom (link provided after registering)

Past Events

  • Emerson Collective Fellows Friday with Reem Assil
    Fri, Nov 12
    Zoom (link provided after registering)
    Nov 12, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST
    Zoom (link provided after registering)
    Join Reem with the Emerson Collective as she shares how to build more equitable systems empowering and centering workers in the restaurant industry.
  • KQED with Cecilia Phillips
    Fri, Nov 05
    KQED Headquarters
    Nov 05, 2021, 7:00 PM PDT
    KQED Headquarters, 2601 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
    An interactive tasting and discussion with chef Reem Assil on reforming the restaurant industry to create a community-rooted food culture.
  • Cooking for Kids with Reem Assil & Joshua David Stein
    Jul 13, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM PDT
    Reem will join Joshua David Stein to share about the recently released book Cooking with Kids with a demo on za'atar egg sandwiches with maybe a special appearance from a special little one! :)
  • Hoopes Vineyard: Virtual Cooking Series - Spring Maklouba
    May 28, 2021, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
    Join Reem as she makes a seasonal spring maklouba with Hoopes Vineyard complementing their wines.
  • Mother Jones Restaurants Disrupted: New Models in a Time of Change
    Apr 29, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
    Join Reem in a conversation with Mother Jones on a new model of restaurants and hospitality.
  • Middle Eastern Children's Alliance: Palestine on a Plate!
    Feb 21, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PST
    I'll be in conversation with Joudie Kalla hosted by MECA
  • SF Urban Film Fest: Times Like These: An Inflection Point for Food & Our Cities
    Feb 16, 2021, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM PST
    I'll be joining a panel to talk about restaurants and the food industry during this time. My feature with The New Yorker will be part of the watch party with a Q&A with me and other panelists.
  • Sacred Kitchen Global Soul Food Cooking Class Series
    Nov 13, 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM PST
    Reem will be joining Chef Jesse Bloom in teaching how to make makloubeh - a traditional Palestinian dish of layered rice, vegetables, and meat - to their cooking class series.
  • [Slated] OpenTable In It Together Web Series: Restaurants in Disaster Relief
    Nov 12, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST
    Join Reem as she shares how Reem's is using food as a way to support disaster relief in the local San Francisco Bay Area as part of Covid-19 this year and was a part of helping food mutual aid efforts soonafter the summer accident in Beirut, Lebanon, both as part of World Central Kitchen.
  • Eat Drink SF: Flavors of SF Dinner
    Sat, Oct 24
    The Vault Restaurant (Garden)
    Oct 24, 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PDT
    The Vault Restaurant (Garden), 555 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
    Reem will be preparing seasonal mezze as part of a physically-distanced outdoor multi-course pre-fixed Eat Drink SF Dinner menu during their 10-day festival.
  • #IACP2020Cooks Conference: Restaurants in the Time of COVID
    Oct 24, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Join Reem as she and others share how the Covid-19 pandemic is changing restaurants.
  • MOFAD Panel: Covid & Restaurants: Where Do We Go From Here?
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.