SCRANTON — Hilary Steinberg, owner of Jaya Yoga Studio in Clarks Summit, along with Patricia Dickert Nieves and Donna Vannan, of Terra Preta Restaurant, will host a farm to table dinner in celebration of Earth Day at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 22 at the restaurant, 222 Wyoming Ave.
The cost is $65 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Global Tastes of Scranton Refugee Restaurant project, a collaborative initiative designed to showcase the culture and cuisine of diverse refugee populations in the Scranton area. The project aims to empower local refugee women by providing them with a venue to cook their traditional foods and share them with the public, subsequently connecting these women to small business training and loan opportunities.
The University of Scranton Office of Community and Government Relations is coordinating the pilot project, as part of the university’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the plight of refugees, with various community and campus partners, including Terra Preta restaurant, where the first event will be held, featuring Syria refugee women sharing their Middle Eastern cuisine.
Other partners include Catholic Social Services, of the Diocese of Scranton, which resettles refugees in Northeastern Pennsylvania; the Greenhouse Project, which runs programs in Scranton’s Hill Section involving the Nepali-Bhutanese community; Scranton Area Community Foundation, which runs the Women in Philanthropy project; and other University of Scranton offices, including Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice, Center for Student Engagement’s Cross-Cultural Centers and Student Clubs and Organizations, and the Small Business Development Center.