Dinner with Chef Reem Assil


Reem Assil founded Reem’s with a passion for the flavors of Arab street-corner bakeries and the vibrant communities where they’re located. Growing up in a Palestinian-Syrian household, Reem was surrounded by the aromas and tastes of food from the homeland and the connections they evoked of her heritage, family, and community.

Before dedicating herself to a culinary career, Reem worked for a decade as a community and labor organizer, and brings the warmth of community to all her events. She is a graduate of the the competitive food business incubator program, La Cocina. and business accelerator program ICA: Fund Good Jobs. Reem was a 2018 James Beard Semi-Finalist for Best Chef West, San Francisco Magazine's 2018 Chef of the Year and San Francisco Chronicle's 2017 Rising Star Chef.

On September 22, Chef Reem prepares a dinner that includes:

Mezze Spread
Arab Style Hummus- chickpeas, garlic tahini lemon (Vegan, Gluten-free, Nut-free)
• Palestinian Salad- Heirloom tomato, cucumbers, dill, serrano, garlic, lemon vinaigrette
• Smoked Labneh w/ seasonal vegetable spread
Served with fresh Arabic bread, Palestinian olives, pickle assortment (Gluten-free; Nut-free)

Djaj Mahshi
• Stuffed Chicken with spiced rice, ground beef, pine nuts


Naima Shalhoub and Tarik Kazaleh are Oakland-based Arab-American artists that have been performing, creating and composing music together since 2012. Kazaleh is an MC, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has toured throughout the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Shalhoub is a vocalist, composer and musician who has toured Lebanon and throughout the United States. Collectively they have performed in jails, community centers, jazz clubs and concert halls all over the Bay Area with Shalhoub's band, most notably for the release of "Live in San Francisco County Jail" recorded in 2015.

They draw upon their Arab music traditions and American soul repertoire while experimenting with sound and lyric. In addition to music Kazaleh is a photographer and Naima is a restorative justice practitioner. Their most recent recorded collaboration involved Shalhoub's full-length studio album “SIPHR” which was recorded this year at Women’s Audio Mission in San Francisco with plans for release within the year.

The Third World Ecology Trilogy cinematic performance includes still and moving images arranged in three works: Palestinian Wildlife Series; The Pan African Asian Women’s Organization Cairo to Conakry, 1960-1965and Sinai, to reflect on third world feminism, ecology and postcolonial thought in a unique and embodied cinematic performance experience.

The Palestinian Wildlife Series: The first in a trilogy of expanded cinema performances on colonialism, third world feminism and ecology, Palestinian Wildlife Series appropriates footage from a nature program on African Wildlife - shot from a television set in Palestine - to reflect on parallel issues of mediation, displacement and extinction in relation to its subjects.

The Pan African-Asian Women's Organization, Cairo and Conakry 1960-1965: Within the context of early independence movements in Africa, Gammaya’at el Ma’ra Africaya Assiawaya, the Pan-African-Asian Women’s Organization, was co-founded by Khalil’s maternal grandmother and her Guinean partner in 1960, with headquarters in Cairo, Egypt and Conakry, Guinea. Using images from family archives, this performance chronicles a unique moment of third world feminism, African socialism, African independence and dreams of African Asian unity.

Exploring this North and Sub-Saharan African alliance, the project investigates the intertwined political and personal histories of a group who’s existence has been widely obscured. Impossible to conduct as a straightforward historical research, this artistic research chronicles the irretrievability of certain memories and events.

Sinai: The third in a trilogy of expanded cinema performances on colonialism, third world feminism and ecology, including Palestinian Wildlife Series and The Pan African Asian Women's Organization, Cairo and Conakry, 1960-1965, SINAI reflects on the loss of rare marine life in the Egyptian Sinai. Meditating on the sensual and subtle movements of water and sea plants, this short essay film reflects on life in a twin dimension of earth.

47SOUL السبعة و أربعين is an Electro Arabic Dabke (Shamstep) band formed in Amman Jordan in 2013. The members are rooted in Bilad Al-Sham, spanning the divides from Amman to the Galilee to Ramallah and the rest of the Palestinian Diaspora. This new sound of 47SOUL has rapidly amassed fans in the Arab World and Europe by blasting the electric Arabic Dabke sound through underground music scenes. On top of the beats that have been bumping in the Arab World for centuries, 47SOUL hypes it up with analog synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines, and shattering verses from the four singers. Every show ends in relentless dance and trance from all parties involved. Their lyrics, mixing Arabic and English, call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality, inside Bilad Al Sham and throughout the world. The current lineup of 2017 includes: Z the People (vocals & synths), El Far3i (Derbakeh, Mc/Vocals), Walaa Sbeit (percussion,Mc/vocals), and El Jehaz (guitar & vocals).

Date & Time: September 22 • 6:00PM
Location: Starline Social Club

The complete performance experience is included with each ticket, while the dinner package is limited.