YUM and 25 Years of The Welcome Project

In just six days, The Welcome Project will host its annual YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City celebration. Tickets for this meaningful and delicious event are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and easily available online.

This is a special year for The Welcome Project, as it is also celebrating 25 years of work in Somerville. I’ve only lived in Somerville for about half that time, but already the city has changed tremendously. The people have changed, the businesses have changed, the culture has shifted subtly but noticeably.

But a lot has stayed the same in Somerville as well. There are still people who’ve lived here for generations, and still people who have only recently immigrated to the United States. It’s a mishmash of people and cultures, but ultimately, entirely, a holistic community – though we all are different, we have a share sense of place and purpose.

For 25 years, The Welcome Project has enhanced this community. And it has done so in a very special way: its mission is to build the collective power of Somerville immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions.

That is to say, The Welcome Project isn’t just about welcoming immigrants to Somerville.  More deeply, it is about building a Somerville which intrinsically sees immigrants as whole and equal members of the community. A Somerville where systems of power and privilege provide equal voice and equal weight to all members of the community.

So I hope you’ll come out and support The Welcome Project, support the rich community we are fortunate to have here in Somerville. And I hope you’ll come out and eat some delicious food and meet some fantastic people.

Here is the full event description:

Sample the delicious tastes from participating immigrant-run Somerville restaurants at YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City. Meet friends new and old at a fun and satisfying benefit for The Welcome Project at Arts at the Armory on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm. This year we’re also celebrating 25 years of The Welcome Project as a Somerville non-profit!

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Get your tickets now at: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/xLr7yy6oFn7WX1QkOWlzrQ

Enjoy tastes from Ethiopia, Mexico, the Mediterranean, Italy, Nepal, Portugal and more.

The 2015 YUM event features:
Aguacate Verde – Mexican, Porter Square
Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant – Ethiopian, East Somerville
Gauchao – Brazilian, East Somerville
La Brasa – Fusion, East Somerville
Masala – Indian and Nepali, Teele Square
Maya Sol – Mexican, East Somerville
Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery – Portuguese, Union Square
Rincon Mexicano – Mexican, East Somerville
Royal Bengal Restaurant – North Indian/Bengali, Gilman Square
Sabur Restaurant – Mediterranean, Teele Square
Sally O’Brien’s – Irish, Union Square
Tu y Yo Restaurant – Mexican, Powderhouse Square
Vinny’s @ Night – Italian, East Somerville

Intercultural City Award: Franklin Dalembert
Founder’s Award: Lisa Brukilacchio
Live music by Son Del Sol
Opportunity to win Red Sox tickets and other great prizes!

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