Syrian supper club earthquake relief fundraiser in Brixton

Aftermath of the earthquake

A special Syrian supper club in Brixton will raise funds for communities affected by the Turkey Syria earthquakes.

“The idea is simple and positive. Come, eat, be merry and do something good at the same time!” say the organisers – the Hands Up Foundationchef Danny Jack, and the Syrian Sunflower Kitchen. They are supported by Brixton Brewery.

The event will be in Studio Z, at 537 Brixton Station Road on Thursday 30 March from 7 to 10pm. Tickets from EventBrite.

On 6 February a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Turkey/Syria border, killing 52,000 people, and leaving thousands more injured and without homes.

“Whole families (three generations-worth in some cases) have been wiped out, while the world has been turned upside down for the survivors. It is these people who need our support,” say the organisers.

“This Syrian supper provides a tangible way to help.”

It consists of three Syrian-inspired courses produced by Danny Jack and the Syrian Sunflower Kitchen.

Jack often borrows flavours from non-European cuisine and places seasonality, locality and provenance at the forefront of his food. 

In addition to regular pop-ups and collaborations, including Sunday Papers, London Fashion Week and Seasoned Supper Club, he often supports local projects and initiatives, including dishing up to kids and OAPs at the Mile End Community Centre.

Syrian Sunflower Kitchen is a cooking and catering business owned and operated by Majeda Khouri who came to the UK in 2017 to escape persecution as a result of her human rights work in Syria.

Separated from her loved ones, she found comfort in cooking for others. “When you share food, you really share love,” she says.

“You ask others to open their hearts and minds. The connection of the dishes also celebrates the rich heritage of Syrian culture – and there is so much to learn.”

Hands Up has been working in and around Syria for nearly a decade, funding health and education projects for vulnerable communities. The charity works with local partners to deliver aid quickly to wherever the need is greatest. 

Even before the earthquakes, 14.6 million people in Syria were in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the conflict in the country.

Tickets are £50 per person, with meat or vegetarian options. Email if you need a vegan meal or for any other dietary requirements.