Operating seven days a week in the center of Pittsburgh, Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that exclusively serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Every six months, the take-out style storefront rotates to highlight a different country. Each iteration of the restaurant is augmented by events, performances, and discussions that seek to expand public engagement with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus country. These events have included live international Skype dinner parties between residents of Pittsburgh and young professionals in Tehran, Iran, documentary filmmakers in Kabul, Afghanistan, and community radio activists in Caracas, Venezuela. The restaurant is a site of ever-changing ethnic diversity in the post-industrial city of Pittsburgh and has presented the only Iranian, Afghan, Venezuelan, and Cuban restaurants the city has ever hosted. Conflict Kitchen is a project created and directed by artists Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, with culinary direction by Chef Robert Sayre.
TheConflict Kitchen was started by three artists from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh opened a take-out restaurant that only serves the national cuisines of the countries the United States is currently in conflict with. The food comes wrapped in paper covered with facts about the current country’s government, culture and the way the U.S. perceives it. It makes starting an interesting dinner conversation a breeze.