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    The June 22 event was well attended - 30 participants from Douglas to Deep River took part. (Submitted photo)

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    Jandark Kassar and her mother Lilianne Loutfi the two Syrian cooks who organized the Taste of Syria event at the Silver Threads building in Petawawa. (Submitted photo)



Taste of Syria Cooking Class raises $900

Community News


Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thirty ladies from Douglas to Deep River came to Petawawa on June 22 to learn some Syrian cooking and helped the Petawawa Welcome Project to fundraise.

The Petawawa Welcome Project is preparing to sponsor a family of Syrian refugees to Petawawa.

Jandark Kassar, a young Syrian Canadian who is married to a military man posted to Petawawa, is working hard with the sponsorship committee to bring four of her Syrian relatives to safety here: her grandmother, uncle, a cousin and spouse.

Jandark and her mother, Liliane Loutfi, who is a cook in Montreal, emigrated from Syria to Montreal approximately 17 years ago. They created the menu for the evening, held at the Silver Threads Seniors building, translated traditional Syrian recipes into English and supervised the meal preparation.  Liliane and Jandark are very hard working people who appreciate the support of the Petawawa Welcome Project. Other members of the sponsorship committee are pleased to be working with a local resident.

The menu was Fattouch (salad),  Kefta Meshwe (mince meat patties), Bamyeh, (beef, okra and rice), Maklubeh Bel Betenjan (chicken with eggplant), Burghol Bel Banadora (cracked wheat and tomatoes), Mjadara (long grain rice and brown lentils). For the cooking lesson, groups of 4 or 5 guests each prepared one recipe under Jandark’s and Liliane’s direction. Jandark and her mother also prepared a special Syrian dessert along with rolled apricots and nuts for dessert.

This event raised $900 and is the first of a series that will feature Syrian cooking. Keep Sunday, September 11 free for an evening of Syrian food and entertainment.