LIRS Culture Kitchen

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Welcome to LIRS Culture Kitchen!

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is thrilled to introduce our new virtual cooking series, LIRS Culture Kitchen! Join CEO Krish O’Mara Vignarajah as she meets with immigrant chefs, restaurant owners, and others in the culinary world to learn how to cook traditional dishes. Along the way, expect insightful conversations about food, culture, the state of immigration, and why we always seem to gather in the kitchen.

Upcoming events

Join us on Thursday, November 18 at 6 p.m. ET to get cooking with Chef Rod of Baltimore’s R&R Taqueria, which was featured on the popular TV show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives


For our first-ever episode, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service President & CEO Krish O’Mara Vignarajah joined forces with Andy Shallal, founder of Busboys and Poets

Andy showed some serious skills in the kitchen while demonstrating how to cook Mekhleme, a traditional Iraqi breakfast hash. After the dish came out of the oven, he joined Krish in the Busboys and Poets dining room to talk about immigration, social justice, and how food brings us all together. 

Get the recipe for Mekhleme. 

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