In Palestinian homes around the world, we say sofra daymeh to extend a blessing onto the dinner table—wishing food and prosperity onto every table to come. In Palestine, wishing eternity onto your table can also be a reflection of self-preservation, a ritual of resistance to the threats imposed under Israeli occupation. Fighting colonization, Palestinians must resist erasure of their physical tables, homes, and communities, while also combating the less tangible cultural erasure that comes along with it.
Sofra Daymeh invites you to the Palestinian table, to enjoy our meal within a corrective context. In September 2019, the program launched with an immersive meal for 60 guests at NAVEL Los Angeles prepared by Chef Reem Assil. It continued as a Home Series with meal experiences in 5 additional cities across the United States.
Sofra Daymeh’s corresponding zine features some of the many brilliant Palestinian artists, chefs, families, and poets who have their own messages to share around the topics of food and culture, self-preservation, and the diasporic experience.