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Real Food Real Stories x Kiva with Reem Assil of Reem's California

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Real Food Real Stories - Connecting You to the People and Places Behind Our Food


Sharing from the Heart

In a special partnership with international micro-lending platform Kiva and their community of lenders, who believe that dreams are universal but opportunity is not, Real Food Real Stories is featuring Kiva's Bay Area food entrepreneurs to hear their powerful stories behind building dreams with a pool of $25 loans. We are inspired by Kiva entrepreneurs, and we believe that you will be too.

On June 14th, we will listen live to Rising Star Chef and Kiva entrepreneur Reem Assil, as she shares her journey from a community and labor organizer to a community organizer through food with her business, Reem's California. We will have the opportunity to hear about her heritage and the beginnings of her Arab Street Food business, which will materialize in her forthcoming Fruitvale bakery (opening date May 16!).

About Our Storyteller - Reem Assil, Founder of Reem's

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 has worked with the Bay Area’s esteemed cooperative bakery Arizmendi Bakery & Pizzeria, Grace Street Catering, Local Flavors, and several local chefs. In 2014 she was accepted to the competitive food business incubator program, La Cocina.

About Our Shared Meal

Reem’s offers the warmth of Arab hospitality through the discovery of flavors, aromas, and techniques of the modern Arab street corner bakery. We create the experience of home through fresh baked bread, using traditional Arab flavors and local ingredients, all prepared with California love. Our mission is to lift up our community through providing community benefits, living wage jobs with career paths, and supporting local businesses and farms.

Reem’s vision is to create an anchor establishment that will build and nurture strong and vibrant communities through the rich experience of Arab food and culture. Reem will open her first brick and mortar in 2017 in Fruitvale, Oakland. She was the winner of the OpenTable Open for Business Restaurant competition.

About Our Partner - Kiva

Dreams are universal. Opportunities are not. Kiva is the first micro-lending platform that empowers millions of entrepreneurs in the United States and around the world by giving them access to flexible, 0% interest loans. Kiva is challenging the status quo of financing loans by strengthening the social capital between our borrowers and lenders, which not only leads to the success of thousands of small businesses that have been funded on Kiva, but also contributes to a more peaceful, positive, and equitable society.


What's the refund policy? Are my tickets transferrable?

Tickets are fully refundable until 5 days prior to the gathering when they become non-refundable. Tickets are transferrable. Please contact us if you need to transfer your ticket(s).

What does the ticket include?

Ticket includes the meal and event but does not include alcoholic beverages, which are available for purchase.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The BART/MUNI Embarcadero station is 2 blocks away. There is metered street parking.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


*Real Food Real Stories is committed to creating an inclusive experience for anyone who is interested in learning more about the people behind our food system. Our pricing is reflective of the cost to put on a gathering, but so for those who would like to attend but are financially unable to pay the full ticket price please utilize the limited farmer/student/low-income ticket.

*Please note that we photograph, video and audio-record throughout the gathering, and by entering the space and joining us you are granting us permission to record you.

*Refund Policy: Tickets are fully refundable until 5 days before the gathering. Tickets are transferrable until the day of the gathering.

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The RFRS Team

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