A CONVERSATION THAT TRANSCENDS LANGUAGE
Since our very first pop-up dinner in February 2017, New Arrival Supper Club has offered hundreds of guests the opportunity to bond with and learn from their resettling neighbors over the universal language of food.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Beneath the dimmed lights of a downtown L.A. restaurant, Naseema Kashefi watched quietly as a hungry crowd fawned over the crunch of her golden samosas. Servers passed her Afghan specialty on ceramic trays while her newfound fans groaned with each bite.
Syrian refugees Maisa Kanjo and her husband Abdul prepared some of their family’s favorite recipes for about 60 guests at Spread Mediterranean Kitchen in downtown Los Angeles.
Miry's List has a monthly event where one resettled family hosts a ticketed dinner and takes home the majority of the proceeds.
Miry Whitehill never set out to start a nonprofit organization . Or a monthly supper club featuring Middle Eastern cuisine, hosted by immigrant families—which is how most people find out about the organization, Miry’s List. The Los Angeles-based former marketing exec and stay-at-home mom got pulled into this whole thing a year and a half ago, when a friend called.
An accurate indication of having a good neighbor is sharing; they share tools, holiday cards, and favors, but the single most appreciable thing one can share with another is food.
In July 2016, Miry Whitehill was a stay-at-home mom living in Southern California when a friend introduced her to a family of new arrival refugees from Syria—a dad, mom and their twin 5-year-old girls and 5-month-old baby boy. Whitehill’s friend, Suzanne, wanted to find a secondhand Fisher-Price Jumperoo chair (a chair that bounces and spins with toys that keep baby busy), so the tired parents could take a break. New Jumperoos cost between $70 and $130.