CHARLOTTETOWN – A special fundraising dinner on April 28 offers an opportunity to taste the cuisine of the exotic east while supporting the immigration of a refugee couple to P.E.I. from Afghanistan. The menu is Afghan food, described as “subtly spiced and tender, with decadently sweet dessert,” prepared by Sara and Akbar Sadat.
With the help of a group of friends, the couple is offering what has turned into a monthly dinner at Sadat’s Cuisine at 223 University Ave. in Charlottetown.
The March dinner attracted more than 85 diners, and most of them asked about more dinners, say the Sadats. The April 28 dinner will also raise money to support immigration of Sara Sadat’s parents, refugees who were forced to leave Afghanistan and have been living for months in Turkey. They are expected to be making the move to P.E.I. this fall.
Dinner is served any time between 6 and 8 p.m.
It is a multi-course meal of lamb, chicken, beef (all Halal), or vegetarian, plus dessert. The price is $30, and $20 of that goes toward sponsorship of the refugees. As well, further contributions are welcome, and any donation of $50 or more is eligible for a tax receipt.
Patrons should phone Sadat’s Cuisine at 902-367-6631 or 902-213-7420, by April 26, to reserve a time and specify the choice of their main course.
The Sadats have been living in Charlottetown for more than a decade. Their years-long journey here from war-torn Afghanistan took them through Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia and Turkey. Once on P.E.I., they started a catering service and later opened their restaurant.