Keynote address will be by Dr. Mustafa Sahin, who runs academic affairs at the Atlantic Institute. He received his BA at Bilkent University in Ankara, MA at Fatih University in Istanbul and PhD in International Relations at Florida International University, Miami where he specialized in Islamic social movements and foreign affairs.Before moving to Atlanta to work at the Istanbul Center as its Director of Academic Affairs, he worked with many grassroots organizations in South Florida and founded Miami Anatolia Cultural Center, Florida Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and most recently he was the founding President of the Turkish American Federation of the Southeast, an umbrella organization for the Turkish American organizations in the southeast. Previously he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of South Florida where he taught courses on international relations, and the Middle East. In Atlanta, at the Istanbul Center and Emory University’s OLLI institute, he teaches courses on Turkish Politics, Turkish American Relations and History of Islam.
Entertainment includes Male Belly Dancing! The köçek phenomenon (plural köçekler in Turkish) is one of the interesting features of Ottoman culture according to Europeans. The köçek was typically a very handsome young male rakkas, "dancer", usually cross-dressed in feminine attire, employed as an entertainer
Ticket includes family style dinner, speaker and entertainment. Cash bar. Free parking. Portion of proceeds benefit Go Eat Give, 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization that raises awareness of different cultures through travel, food and community service.
What is the mission of the Destination Dinner?
The aim of Go Eat Give Destination Dinners is to increase awareness of the diverse cultures that exisit in our neighborhood. Our mission is to bridge the gap between communities living in Atlanta & around the world. By bringing authentic cuisine, engaging speakers & native artists together, we want you to have an enjoyable evening that involves experiential learning. Go Eat Give connects people, places & palates through travel, food & community service.
How long does the event last?
We start prompty at 7pm with networking & cash bar. Once everyone gets here, we will serve dinner. Speaker & entertainment will follow right after. The event will last until 9:30 or 10pm.
Can you accomodate dietery restrictions?
We are happy to provide you a vegetarian option if you let us know in advance. All our dinners are served buffet or family-style so you can choose to eat whatever you like.
Can I pay at the door?
We prefer that you purchase your tickets online, in advance so we can plan better. Generally, our events have a maximum capacity & tend to sell out. Sometimes tickets may be available at the door.
Will I be able to order my own food?
No, the purpose of Destination Dinner is to expose you to traditional cuisine that you may not be familiar with, therefore selections are already made by our team of dining experts. We often provide many choices so you can sample a variety of dishes.
Can I order more food or make it to-go?
Yes, you are welcome to order extra food or take out as long as you pay for it directly to the restaurant. We ask that you leave the left overs for our volunteers.
If this is a fundraiser, where does the money go?
The funds raised through Destination Dinners support Go Eat Give's mission to increase cultural awareness in Atlanta & around the world, such as co-op farms, women's safe houses & village schools. The cost of your tickets help pay for food, venue, marketing, staffing & the ongoing administration cost of creating enriching programs every month.
Is the cost of ticket tax-deductible?
According to IRS, the value of the event is much more than the ticket price, as it involves a multiple course dinner, education & entertainment. If you made a donation to Go Eat Give (in addition to your ticket price), that is 100% tax deductible.
Do you offer refunds?
Full refunds will be given only if you cancel 24 hours before the event starts.
What if I'm coming by myself?
Go Eat Give events are a great place to meet internationally minded diverse group of individuals living in Atlanta. Natives from the theme country are also invited to share their insights of the culture. We encourage you to take this opportunity to network & make new friends.
Is the event suitable for kids?
Yes, as long as your kids are old enough to experience a sit-down cultural program.
Do I need to bring a paper ticket?
Help us save trees & don't print tickets. We will have your name on the guest list when you check in.
How can I be notified of the next event?
Sign up for our newsletter at www.goeatgive.com & select "Atlanta events" so you will recieve invitations for future events. Destination Dinners are held once every month.
Can I sponsor a Destination Dinner?
Yes, Go Eat Give relies on the generosity of sponsors & donors to present quality ongoing events that are engaging, fun & informative. It is a great opportunity to reach a diverse audience as well as support a worthy cause. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sponsoring a future event.