South Philadelphia, with its diverse immigrant and refugee populations and a tight-knit community of forward-thinking chefs and restaurateurs, has become ground zero for the dining industry’s grassroots movement in support of immigration reform in Philly.
Chefs Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller of South Philly Barbacoa have organized chefs, workers, and eaters around the right to work. And now, Saté Kampar chef Ange Branca is raising funds to support the city’s immigrant and refugee communities with a family-style series of Muhibbah Dinners.
Muhibbah is a word used in Branca’s native Malaysia to describe people of different backgrounds coming together in celebration and harmony. To kick off the series, Branca has brought together chefs from the neighborhood’s top restaurants as well as seasoned amateurs to prepare dishes highlighting their culinary heritage — South African, Burmese, Irish-American, and more — on June 27th.
The inaugural dinner will take place at Saté Kampar, and funds raised from ticket sales will be donated to the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society of Pennsylvania. Other organizations supporting immigrant and refugee rights will benefit from future events in the series.
The menu for the first family-style dinner will include dishes by Branca, Laurel and ITV’s Nick Elmi, Pat O’Malley of Hungry Pigeon, Tova Du Plessis of Essen Bakery, Sam Jacobson of Stargazy, and Saw Maran Tan, a chef and Burmese refugee who was resettled through HIAS. Ben Wenk of Ploughman Cider will provide an aperitif; guests are encouraged to BYO to accompany the meal.
Tickets for this can’t-miss dining experience for a good cause are $120, and you can get your tickets to the June 27th edition — or sponsor a seat at the table for a refugee — here.