food

Ahmad Ashkar leaning on a table, with Falafel Inc. logo painted on the wall behind him (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Selling falafel, helping refugees

Ahmad Ashkar sells falafel. He makes money and feeds refugees at the same time. It's a new business model, and it's working.
Hand holding food in bowl (Culinary Literacy Center)

Trading schoolbooks for cookbooks

Through cooking and sharing meals together, nonnative English speakers in Philadelphia's Edible Alphabet program improve their English literacy.
Man standing in a music store in front of a poster of an Iranian female singer (© Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian Americans free to thrive in the U.S.

Across the U.S., Iranian Americans flourish in their cultural and business pursuits. Los Angeles, home to the largest concentration of Persians outside of Iran, is the heart of the global Iranian diaspora.
Hands holding berries above container of them (Matthew Abbott/USAID)

U.S.-backed agriculture project brings fresh hope to Fijians

Learn how a U.S.-backed project helps farmers recover from a devastating tropical cyclone, resulting in Fiji’s first-ever certified-organic, farm-to-table restaurant.
Close-up view of box of various pastries (Shatila)

Visit this oasis in Michigan for America’s ‘best baklava’

Riad Shatila never forgot the delicious pastries of his youth in Lebanon. Today the late Michigan baker's family still sells what's been called America's best baklava.
Naan pizza on white plate with tomatoes and spices around it (© American Halal Company)

A home for halal products in U.S. frozen foods aisles

A socially responsible halal food company launched by a Pakistani-born Muslim American has found success in the frozen food aisles of American supermarkets.
Headshot of woman in red jacket, wearing glasses (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

North Korean defector serves up hope in her restaurant

In her restaurant, Lee Ae-ran serves everyone — South Koreans and fellow defectors — flavors from home.
Man standing with arms folded beneath decorated ceiling (© Carol Guzy)

Chef fuses ancient and modern cultures through food

In Washington, a museum's in-house restaurant serves food that evokes its biblical roots and pleases customers from all over the globe.
Two cows grazing on hay (© AP Images)

U.S. and Brazil deepen trade ties

A U.S. government-sponsored international trade mission opens doors and delivers results for American agricultural exporters.