Pop-up restaurant Conflict Café is back in town, this time to celebrate the food of the Philippines at Flat Iron Square. Guests will sit down to a three-course feast created by Anglo-Filipino chef Mark Corbyn of London supper club The Adobros. The menu includes a jackfruit starter, infused with palapa, turmeric and grated coconut; a main of either beef or king oyster mushrooms cooked in a peanut and coconut stew, and a coconut pie served with ube (purple yam) ice cream.
Created by UK-based NGO International Alert, the Conflict Café is built around the concept of peacebuilding through food. Past events have seen diners enjoy traditional dishes from countries around the world affected by conflict, including Syria and Sri Lanka. All proceeds go towards the work International Alert do, which includes working with people affected by conflict, building positive peace and reducing violence in fragile countries.
The Conflict Café is part of a wider project called the Talking Peace Festival, a one-day festival designed to highlight creative ways to maintain peace. Other events include a talk from The Sana’a Centre for Strategic Studies about Yemen, a screening of the film El testigo, and a VR experience created by Mercy Corps to help Syrians reconnect with the heritage of their homelands.
‘For Filipinos, food has always been a way of bringing people together to share stories, talk about any topic – even the most difficult ones, and creatively explore ways to navigate issues,’ said Nikki de la Rosa, International Alert Philippines’s Country Manager. ‘By eating together at Conflict Café, diners not only experience the rich culture and cuisine of the Philippines, but also hear stories of people who are leading change in their communities.’
21 September 2019, 7pm
Après at Flat Iron Square, 53 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU
Tickets cost £48pp, book through international-alert.org