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During Covid-19, food justice warrior/chef Reem Assil feeds the community in need. The second location of Reem's California opened in the Mission just days before COVID-19 ground the city to a halt. In less than a week, the Arab bakery went from having a line out the door to none at all. "'These broader systems have to change. We have to approach this with a lens of equity,' says Assil. 'All of us [have] to chip in on the true cost of food.'"

Restaurants of the Year 2018

I'd ordered far too much already. I’d tried elastic man’oushe flatbread peeled off a hot saj griddle, sumac-braised chicken, shakshuka bubbling ...

Arab Bakery in Oakland Full of Love

Before she embarked on a baking career, Reem Assil grew up in a Palestinian-Syrian household and spent a decade as a community organizer. Both of these things are evident at Reem’s California, the bright, bustling Arab bakery Ms. Assil opened in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood in May.

Food as a gateway for activism

In conversation: Reem Assil and Yasmin Khan on food as a gateway for activism and what Arabic food means in 2019

The Determined Rise of Chef Reem Ass

Chef Reem Assil wasn’t sure if she was ever going to be able to eat again. She had developed a case of acid reflux so severe that it was traumatizing to feed herself. When Assil noticed more than 30 pounds...

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Decolonizing Food, from California to Palestine

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Reem Assil: The Art of Warm The labor activist opened a bakery in Oakland, and — after enduring a backlash over a mural plus a difficult pregnancy — went on to open the full-service Dyafa in Jack London Square only a year later.

Chef of the Year: 2018

To say that Reem Assil’s rise to the top in the food world has been meteoric is to traffic in understatement. Two years ago, Assil’s business—Reem’s California—was still just a little-known farmers’ market stand. Last May, it morphed ...

The Ultimate Community Builder

Middle Eastern Flatbread, the Ultimate Community Builder Forget the park. Let's meet where the Man’oushe is.

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The Palestinian- and Syrian-American chef opens up about the intense racist backlash she faced when her Oakland bakery opened.

Why This Lebanese Street Food ...

In Lebanon, the manoushe is omnipresent — a flatbread best served fresh from the corner bakery’s oven and eaten on the go. It’s typically slathered in zaatar, a thyme herb mix with sesame seeds, often with dollops of labneh, a tangy thick yogurt...

Reem Assil: The Art of Warm

The labor activist opened a bakery in Oakland, and — after enduring a backlash over a mural plus a difficult pregnancy — went on to open the full-service Dyafa in Jack London Square only a year later.

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Chefs to Watch 2018: Reem Assil, Reem's California and Dyafa, Oakland, California

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This Supper Club Is Recreating A Little Piece Of Palestine At An Incredible Art Space In L.A.

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