It all began with a dream, a dream to change the perception of the word "Syria." A word that has flooded the media and people's minds to the extent that it always brought a negative connotation. Rarely did anyone know anything about Syria prior to the war.
"I couldn't stand the pity and sad eyes when I told people I was from Syria. There had to be a way to show the hidden gems of Syria, the gems the Syrian people had brought with them from across the Mediterranean.”
Back in September 2017 Yara, a design consultant, come across three women who had a lot more than the words Syria and refugee; they shared a passion: cooking Syrian food with love.
It was not long before this passion become a social enterprise called "From Syria with Love." A catering company that aims to empower and give purpose to Syrian housewives who now call Belgium home.
The mission is not just to empower the women and tickle the tastebuds of the tasters; it's a bigger vision to blur the lines between the locals and the new comers.
From Syria, with Love: food for the soul... coming from the heart
"Syrië is meer dan oorlog. Het land heeft een rijke geschiedenis én een heerlijke keuken. Yara Al-Adib, een Syrische vrouw in haar nieuwe thuisland België, heeft naast haar echte baan als design-consultant, een traiteurdienst opgestart"
The devoted team
Yara, the founder and manager is from Damascus and is 30 years old
She has been in Belgium 4 years now
"As a designer and mentor I enjoy seeing the ladies blend in their new context with such pride and devotion"
Deeya is from Aleppo and is 36 years old
She lives in Antwerp for 3 years now
"When I met the ladies and saw them cooking, I couldn't resist!"
Ahlam is from Homs and is 34 years old
She lives in Antwerp for 3 years with her four children and husband
"Cooking has become my profession, what better wish could I ask for"
Sabah is from Aleppo and is 43 years old
She lives in Antwerp for 4 years with her two children and husband
"I have never felt more proud to be a Syrian, making people happy"
Wassan is from Baghdad and is 44 years old
She lives in Antwerp for 7 years with her three children and husband
"Cooking with the team gives me hope to a brighter future away from home"
and more women to come in the near future...
As a caterer and workshop provider, we work upon request made at least 3 days in advance and sometimes earlier on busy periods. We are very flexible and hence always start with our clients' needs and limitations and work around that to provide the most suitable result for various occasions and settings.