Flavours of Hope’s Conversation Series: Food & Race Part 3

Date(s) - August 28, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Flavours of Hope presents Food & Race Conversation Part 3 to explore the roles of women in food and how they lead and preserve cultures.

About this Event

In a time of increasing divisions, food has the healing power to break down barriers, build bridges between cultures, and amplify voices on the margins. By sharing stories of women in food, we hope to shed light on how women are leading the way in preserving traditional food and cultures, and uniting people together around the table.


Join us for an evening conversation in our third instalment of the Food & Race Conversation Series on Friday, August 28 with women from Flavours of Hope and special guest Behavar Khansari, co-owner of Celeshmet, a family-run Persian restaurant in South Vancouver. We will explore the roles of women in different food cultures and how they are leading the way in planting seeds, persevering traditions, and creating culinary cuisines. By supporting women-owned food businesses and aspiring women food entrepreneurs, we can honour and celebrate women in food and build more equity and BIPOC voices in the industry.

Our hope is to create space and opportunity for participants to actively listen, learn, and take actions to create meaningful connections and positive changes through food, dialogue, and community. We strive to amplify the voices and leadership of women entrepreneurs in the food culture and system.

Participants will receive a traditional Persian drink recipe that they can easily make and enjoy during the evening conversation. A zoom link and instructions will be provided to participants.


Tickets are pay what you can. All the ticket sales will support the work of Flavours of Hope in empowering women through celebration of food, culture, and stories. The event will be recorded and sent to participants afterward.


Behavar Khansari is the co-owner of Celeshmet restaurant, a family-run Persian business in South Vancouver. She and her family immigrated from Iran to Canada in 2018. They became food entrepreneurs and opened their Persian restaurant a year later. She believes food is the best way to connect cultures together and is an universal language that everyone can understand. At the restaurant, she meets people from different cultures who openly share their experiences and knowledge that helps her to learn and grow.

Angeles Canedo is from Guadalajara, Mexico. She came to Canada with her husband and three kids four years ago. She loves cooking for her family and keeping their Mexican traditions, customs, and roots alive in their food. She is very proud of sharing her history and cuisine with people and being part of a multicultural community. Mexican culture often celebrates food, hospitality, and friendships around a table. “Every Mexican dish has a story, so you can find your own story, identity and sense of belonging through eating together.”

Trixie Ling is a Taiwanese Canadian who is passionate about creating intercultural spaces and opportunities to learn together, break down barriers, and build relationships through food. She founded Flavours of Hope in 2018 with the vision of empowering newcomer women to flourish and experience belonging in community through cooking and storytelling. She finds much joy in gathering around a table and eating with newcomers, neighbours, and friends.


This conversation takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.


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