Eat Offbeat Brings Refugee Cooking To New Yorkers, One Dish At A Time

Category: Media & Culture / Feb 18, 2016 7:22PM EDT

Launched in November, Eat Offbeat employs six women refugees from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, Tibet and Nepal who have resettled in Queens, the Bronx and New Jersey to tweak their homespun recipes with the help of a professional chef for delivery and catering across the city. The number of Syrian refugees who have been admitted to the U.S. so far this year—841—is tiny compared to the 2.6 million who have fled to Turkey and the more than one million who arrived in Lebanon since Syria’s war broke out in 2011, according to data from the State Department and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).