“Our restaurant is dedicated to empowering refugees and survivors of human trafficking through culinary training. We strive to create a community of support where they can learn and grow while learning on-the-job skills. We believe that we can change lives, one delicious dish at a time.”
Black-eyed-pea hummus; pistachio bread pudding; herb roasted chicken with harissa.
For refugees, food can be both a connection to home and a gateway to employment in the United States. Kerry Brodie wanted to help make that connection stronger. What she started as a pop-up is now a full-grown restaurant whose mission reaches far beyond putting good food on the plate – the kitchen here is a training space for refugees, those seeking asylum, and victims of human trafficking. To diners, it is a warm neighborhood restaurant that serves approachable, contemporary American fare. This Carroll Gardens restaurant reminds us how profoundly food can drive change.
“The newest restaurant in Brooklyn has a mission beyond serving seasonal fare – it doubles as a training program for refugees ... The cuisine is seasonal American and designed to familiarize the students with the flavors and ingredients of their adopted home. Still, there are nods to some of their places of origin in the form of shawarma spice on the lamb shank or a sticky tamarind glaze on the barbecue wings.” –Sarah Theeboom, Eater New York
Housed in an old dining car, Diner serves a seasonally inspired, daily changing menu of comfort food