Conflict Kitchen, located in Schenley Plaza, serves not just delicious food, but knowledge about countries and regions with which the U.S. is in conflict. Its mission is to educate the public not only on the conflicts, but also on the countries and regions themselves: the people, the culture, and most notably, the food. The restaurant rotates identities in relation to geopolitical events, and each iteration is embellished by events, publications, and discussions that seek to expand the public engagement. Since its opening, Conflict Kitchen has hosted North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Cuba, Venezuela, Palestine, and currently, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
In addition to the versions mentioned above, the restaurant includes special editions for celebrations such as the Juneteenth. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865 and subsequent enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation by the United States government. Personally, I have only tried the Juneteenth menu, which was satisfying in all kinds of ways. The dish I had was the fish stew – cod served with spiced tomato, peppers, and onions. My first thought about the dish was how visually pleasing it was; the container was decorated with a message from one of the featured chefs, and the ingredients created a great harmony of colors. The portions were a fair size considering the price, and despite the dish not being particularly my taste, I still enjoyed it. If I have the chance, I would definitely visit the Conflict Kitchen again and try out their latest Haudenosaunee menu.
Ultimately, Conflict Kitchen serves fantastic, diverse food options and provides a great global experience for Pittsburgh people who would like to find out about the world outside the United States.