Feast World Kitchen to rotate international chefs and food from all over
SPOKANE, Wash. — A few Spokane business owners are coming together to create Feast World Kitchen, a restaurant with rotating chefs cooking up international foods for the Inland Northwest.
The project was started by Ross Carper, who owns the Compass Breakfast Wagon, and Dan Todd, who owns Inland Curry.
Both understand the trials of getting a business up and running, so now they want to help immigrants and refugees kick-start their own adventure by creating this kitchen.
“Our plan at this point is to work as hard as we can to launch this restaurant that has a rotating cast of chefs. So, different food from different regions of the world on different nights of the week,” Carper said. “Maybe open a few nights a week for take out and maybe one night will be middle eastern food, maybe one night will be Bhutanese food and one night could be west African food.”
For Todd, he’s ran a dinner series giving others opportunities to cook their food and bring the community together.
“International food is just so delicious and we don’t get enough of it in the city. As good as the food is here in the city, we’re still missing a lot of things. I’m really excited to give people opportunities to try the food and interact with people from other cultures,” Todd said.
Carper has worked with the First Presbyterian Church and World Relief in welcoming refugee families to Spokane.
“This feast world kitchen project is a combination of what I’ve been doing with food and bringing the neighborhood together, or trying to do, and my passion for trying to show hospitality to folks who have oftentimes been through a lot – fleeing violence and bad circumstances,” he said.
Sajida Nelson, who works with World Relief as a friendship center coordinator, moved into the United States in 2010 from Iraq.
Since then, she’s made many friends from all over the world.
“When I have friends over and cook them a home-cooked meal from Iraq, I just see a lot of joy in my friends’ faces and their tummy is happy and that is a great way of making more friends,” she said.
Preparing home-cooked meals from her home country is a small token to say ‘Thank you’ to the community, she said.
‘It doesn’t matter if we are refugee’s or immigrants here in the U.S. This country gives a lot, and so it’s great to be able to give a tiny bit back with sharing food and then also being able to help out with others,” she said.
Carper said when they get the kitchen up and running, most of the chefs have been in the United States for a while, but are ready to get started in a small business.
“We’re hopeful that Feast World Kitchen will have those sorts of fun interactions that you would get visiting different parts of the world, but right here in downtown Spokane,” he said.
They are currently doing a crowdfunding fundraiser on IndieGoGo with a goal of $25,000. They plan to take over the former Sushi Yama building located on 3rd Avenue and Cedar Street.
They hope to have the kitchen up and running by fall or winter.
“One thing that’s been great is the community has been stepping up and showing support to this idea. People want to be hospitable and welcoming, and fundraising and volunteering and people using their gifts to create a new space for fun, cross-cultural relationships and food,” Carper said. “It’s cool to see the community step up and want to be a part of it.”
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