Refugee restaurant week: Syrian refugee makes native treat at local ice cream shop

Posted at 2:22 PM, Oct 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-13 16:26:48-04

If there's anything Refugee Restaurant Week is all about, it's connection

"It's about people just coming together it doesn't matter what the backgrounds are or where we're from or you know what political party we affiliate with or any of that stuff," said The Stil's co-owner, Kasey Allen.

At The Stil ice cream shop, they've embraced their employee, Najlaa's culture by working with her to create a special treat.

"I like the people that try my ice cream, they like my ice cream. I'm so happy," said Najlaa Omar, a guest chef at The Stil.

Dried apricots, raisins, and sliced almonds are all it took to create this special ice cream named "After the Rain." Guest Chef Najella says the flavors were inspired by her home country, Syria. People who tried the ice cream say they give it two thumbs up!

"I think that's a really great way to take something that would maybe be unfamiliar with people and make it in a way that people are more willing to branch out and be different," said Amber Viayra, a customer at The Stil.

"I definitely think that food is one of the best ways to experience another culture," said Allen.

Najlaa works at The Stil and says she truly enjoys creating new flavors for the shop to showcase.