Persian Flavors Benefit Cooking Class

Persian Flavors Benefit Cooking Class

The Seattle-Isfahan Sister City Advocacy (SISCA) presented a benefit for three organizations assisting food-insecure families and children in the Seattle area and in Isfahan, Iran during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The class was free. Instead, we asked participants to join us in directly supporting one or more of these three nonprofits described below: Backpack Brigade, Hopelink, Child Foundation – بنیاد کودک. – The suggested minimum donation of $25 will help these organizations provide dozens of meals a month to children and families here in the U.S. or in Iran.

SISCA will match individual donations up to a total of $2,000 to the Seattle-area organizations and $2,000 to Child Foundation’s work in Isfahan. Individual donations may be made at any time via the links above, at registration, or during the event.

Please write “SISCA” in the comments section of the organization’s donation page so your gift is credited for the SISCA match.

The Caspian Chef, Omid Roustaei

SISCA is so proud to have Omid Roustaei, aka The Caspian Chef, as a Board Member. Omid will teach class participants how to prepare Khoresh Gheymeh, a stew made with beef and yellow split peas and topped with crispy potatoes, and the famous Iranian rice dish known as Tahdig. Chef Omid will also discuss how to make a vegetarian Gheymeh!

Omid was born and raised in Tehran and spent his early childhood by the Caspian Sea building sandcastles, flying kites, and riding his banana-seat, high-handlebar bike. He has taught culinary classes for over 15 years, cooked as a private chef, and works as a psychotherapist by day.

As Omid explains, Persian cuisine uses the careful blending of herbs and spices to create rich and subtle flavors and a playful balance of salt, sweet, sour, and bitter. “I take great pleasure in teaching Persian cooking in the greater Seattle area, where I introduce and explore this great cuisine while exploring culinary techniques and telling stories about Persian history and culture,” says Omid.

NOTE: Make your suggested donation to one or more of the nonprofits listed below. Click on links to be taken to the organization’s donation page. Please write “SISCA” in the comments section so your gift is credited for the SISCA match.

Child Foundation – بنیاد کودک
Child Foundation is a long-established international charity based in Portland, Oregon, that works in Iran, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Nepal. Child Foundation is responding to the urgent needs in Iran by sending funds for care packages with essentials or grocery store debit cards. This effort supports food-insecure students and their families in Iran who are suffering in the shadow of the pandemic. A donation of $20 supports a family in Isfahan for one month.


Hopelink operates food banks serving the communities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland/Northshore, Sno-Valley (Carnation), and Shoreline, Washington. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, Hopelink’s ability to provide food has been seriously disrupted. The organization is now providing pre-packed boxes of food that contain 21 meals. A donation of $30 covers the cost of one box.


Backpack Brigade
Backpack Brigade in Seattle provides meals on weekends to Seattle school children who would otherwise face hunger. Bags of nutritious, easy-to-eat food are distributed through area schools. Since COVID-19 hit, the number of children served by Backpack Brigade has increased dramatically, from 925 students per week to 1,600 per week. A donation of $25 provides a month of backpacks containing weekend meals for one child.


Thank you
Seattle Isfahan Sister City Advocacy


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