The 6ix Banned Nations Dinner

By Stephanie Dickison

U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban six nationalities from entering the country upset Toronto restaurateur Hemant Bhagwani so much that he’s taking action.

The chef and owner of Toronto’s Amaya brand, Indian Street Food Co., and who just opened Leela by Amaya says, “It’s both anti-democratic and anti-human. Canada is a nation of immigrants. I am an immigrant, and I’m proud to call myself a Canadian.”

Chef Bhagwani and U-Feast are hosting The 6ix Banned Nations Dinner at Indian Street Food Co. on April 27 to celebrate Canada’s open door policy, and spread a message of inclusion, acceptance and love.

The menu will feature dishes from all six banned nations – Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – including Iraq’s quzi (roasted lamb and rice tagine), harissa baked fish from Libya, and bint al sahn (sweet honey cake) from Yemen.

Tickets for The 6ix Banned Nations Dinner are on sale now. Each $75 ticket includes all food, drink, gratuity and donation.
 In support of Canada’s new immigrant population, $20 from every ticket sold will go directly to the YMCA Immigrant Services Program.

Share your cultural food story using the hashtag #ImmigrantFood.

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