Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and Meridian International Center Host Salon Lunch and Panel Discussion on Culinary Diplomacy

February 25, 2019

Meridian Center International and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates hosted a salon lunch discussion on culinary diplomacy. Cultural influencers and food aficionados from across D.C. came together to learn about the history of the cuisine of Abu Dhabi, which has influenced chefs, writers, educators, and diplomats throughout the region. 
Panelists included Hanan Sayed Worrell, author of “Table Tales: The Global Nomad Cuisine of Abu Dhabi,” Marjon Ajami, Executive Chef and Founder of Nolu's Group in Abu Dhabi, Bill Bragin, Executive Artistic Director of The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi, and Ambassador Barbara Leaf, former U.S. Ambassador to the UAE.
The panel highlighted the “melting pot” of cultures in Abu Dhabi and the effect that it has had on the UAE’s cuisine. The panelists also discussed the power of food to bridge cultural differences. After the panel discussion, attendees enjoyed several dishes from Worrell’s cookbook.

Learn more about the event here.