On 28th October, Hanam’s is hosting a charity dinner for the Edinburgh branch of the Pomegrante Tree – The Medical Foundation for The Care of Victims of Torture. You can read more about the work they do here.
Food is a universal feature in everyone’s life and preparing, cooking and sharing food is one of the ways that torture survivors can begin to live a normal life. When you are thousands of miles from home, with little prospect of ever returning and unable to work, growing and cooking food can be a positive way to reclaim your sense of belonging and identity. The Pomegranate Tree event takes its name from the story of a torture survivor who planted some pomegrante seeds in the ground of his outdoor prison cage and successfully nurtured them into a healthy bush. The pomegranate has a powerful, positive healthgiving and symbolic value in many eastern cultures.
Hanam’s Restaurant, whose owner Jamal , himself a refugee, is a great MF supporter. There is a fabulous foodie night in store, with a live cookery demostration of a new venison and pomegranate dish by award winning chef Steven Adair from the Glasshouse off The Mile, gorgeous canapes by Hilary’s Deli and chocolate making and tastings by avant garde chocolatier Nadia Ellingham of Thinking Chocolate. There will also be Hanam’s fabled middle eastern spread, pomegranate lattes by Coffee Direct and more.
A luxury foodie raffle and auction will also take place.
For Edinburgh Spotlight readers who wish to indulge their appetites with a clear conscience, there is a special price of £38 ( £10 discount) which can be booked online quoting GEMS for the £10 discount. You can also reserve tickets at MFEdinburgh@hotmail.com and pay at the event.