March 29, 2017

Serve Food For Syria

Serve Food For Syria

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This October we are holding ‘Serve Food For Syria’, a month of suppers and we are asking people to do just that – make a supper for friends and ask them to contribute to our charity to support Syrian refugees settle into our communities.

 Could you invite some friends round, give them something tasty to eat and raise some money to help Syrian refugees?  This is about bringing people together, having fun and talking about RRN and Syria. Your supper could be anything from a children’s tea party or a casual pizza, to a formal dinner.  Invite as many or as few as you like. The only thing we ask is that you explain what we do and call upon your guests to make a donation to RRN.

Syria has an ancient and vibrant food culture and sharing food is an essential part of the culture of Syrian society, so what better way to raise money for the families who have come here than to celebrate good food and good company?

Of course over the years of the war, it has become very hard for Syrian families to get and cook food as they used to, but there are plenty of delicious Syrian recipes you could use if you wanted to.

But you don’t have to cook Syrian food. Your favourite casserole, or extravagant cake, or the recipe you Mum taught you, or something from the recipe book you’ve never used – would be just as good.  Cook whatever makes you happy.

Download the posters, flyers and postcards below to spread the word about Serve Food for Syria!

If you want to cook Middle Eastern food, here below are some recommended cookbooks, or names you could Google for recipes.

Malouf – Greg and Lucy Malouf

Moro – Sam and Sam Clarke

Moro East – Sam and Sam Clarke

The Lebanese Kitchen – Salma Hage

Jerusalem – Yotam Ottolenghi

Plenty – Yotam Ottolenghi

Cook for Syria UNICEF


Some great ideas if you would like to hold a supper with a Middle Eastern slant.

Should you want to try your hand at Middle Eastern food, think mixed Mezze: perhaps Hummus, Baba Ghanouj (Aubergine dip), Shwander (Beetroot dip) and Muhammara (Smoky red pepper & walnut dip) with Tabbouleh (green Parsley salad) or Fattoush (Green salad with toasted flatbreads, tomatoes and cucumber), or soup (Lentil or Garlic and Almond).

To continue, Shawarma (mouth-watering Chicken flatbread sandwhiches),Shish Taouk (Chicken Kebabs), Kofta (Lamb meatballs + variation, e.g. with figs), Kebab Karaz (Rich Aleppan Cherry Kebabs), Falafel, Peppers stuffed with lamb and spices.

To finish, something sweet and light: Ginger and Lychee Fruit Salad with almond biscuits, Cherry and almond cake, simple fresh fruit; dates, tangerines, Figs and of course there is always Hilaweyat or Baklava.

Finally, perhaps you might like to serve some fresh mint tea and cardamom coffee

To make it extra special you could:

  • Send out invitations
  • Print out your chosen menu
  • Have a raffle with prizes to encourage people to donate more
  • Make place mats using Arabic Newspaper
  • Scatter the table with Oranges, chillies and fresh almonds – basically, do whatever you feel is fun and entertaining for your friends.  Make sure you tell your guests beforehand that this is an event for charity and you will be asking for donations! The amount you ask for is your choice. Please see our website or Facebook for paying in details.  Most importantly have fun.

Encourage your friends to take part.


Dear [……]

Please forgive me for approaching you like this, but I know you would not want to miss an opportunity to support Syrian refugees at the same time as having some fun yourself and entertaining some friends.

We’re suggesting you hold a dinner party/supper/chiildrens tea party!

During what we’re calling ‘Serve food for Syrian’ (see our website for full details ) we are asking you to host SOMETHING, whether its small, medium or large scale, just drinks, a meal, or a buffet. It doesn’t have to be supper!

The idea is you invite friends to join you, have fun, and donate to the RRN to help us in our work supporting Syrian refugees.

You can invest as much or as little time/money/effort as you like. From just providing the venue and asking everyone to bring food/drinks all the way through to giving them a gourmet meal.

You choose, they donate.

If this idea is attractive, we’ve got an outline invitation for you to adapt and use as best suits you..

We’ve assumed an email would be the usual way to invite friends, so all you have too do is amend, cut and paste!

The Invitation.


Dear (name)

On the (date) I’m planning to provide (supper/drinks/afternoon tea etc) for a group of friends/neighbours/work colleagues and I would love you to join us.

I’ll explain our work when I see you, and I hope that you will feel prompted to make a donation to the RRN to support our Syrian refugees here in Hampshire and West Sussex.

Or not! Just come and have fun.

RSVP to me , I look forward to hearing from you.

With (love/regards/best wishes etc)

We would love to know how you get on so please let us know what kind of event you are planning and send us some photos of your event to Please see our donation page on ways to send us your donations.