Syrian refugee women are building a hot new catering company

Jessica Scott-Reid, Chatelaine

Three Syrian women who arrived in Canada via a Jordanian refugee camp this past spring will soon debut a community-funded catering company that serves authentic Syrian food.

The idea for the business came about at a welcome dinner held at the Eucharist Church in Hamilton for recently arrived Syrian refugees. But instead of being fed, the guests insisted on doing the cooking. That was the beginning of an inspiring new catering company called Karam Kitchen, supported by Kickstarter crowd funding and fueled by good food.

Karam means generosity in Arabic, and the name is a true reflection of the business philosophy. The first official gig takes place on September 8 at a meeting of The Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Syrian Newcomers.

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