CALDWELL, Idaho — This week the Idaho Office for Refugees invites the Treasure Valley to take their taste buds on vacation overseas.
Now in its fourth year, the "Treasure Valley Refugee Restaurant" week has paired four local refugees with culinary backgrounds to four different restaurants. This year three of the four restaurants are located around Ada County, but for the first time, one is in Canyon County. Grit 2C in Caldwell may be a new location, but it's the owner and head chef, Paul Faucher has been participating in this event since it's conception.
His guest chef this week, Rahma Ali, is a Somali refugee who came to Idaho five years ago from an immigration camp. Rahma and her sister started food preparations early Wednesday morning. The two prepared chicken biryani (rice soup with chicken), and sambusa (fried pastry filled with meat and vegetables). These recipes are unique to Rahma because, in her home country, these items are considered unique.
You can try Rahma's delicacy's this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you're wanting to check out other participating restaurants, you can find their schedule here.
A majority of Grit's produce came from Global Gardens, a refugee run community garden supporting local refugees and locally grown produce.