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Lebanese Dinner SOLD OUT! April 7 – Iraqi Dinner menu available April 1

International Pop-Up Dinner

April 14, 2021 - Albanian

While many restaurants now offer takeout and curbside meals, caterers, who rely on events to generate business, have been especially hard-hit by the shutdowns of COVID-19. So, we at the International Institute of St. Louis have put our heads together to figure out how to help our immigrant and refugee caterers.

Introducing…. International Pop-Up Dinners, a physically-distanced version of our popular Wednesday lunches. The pop-ups will take place weekly on Wednesdays. Order online and then stop on by IISTL to pick up a mouth-watering meal – and help support one of the Institute’s catering clients at the same time.

Pop-Up Dinner: April 14, 2021

Caterer: Arber Cafe

Pickup Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Place Order by: Monday, April 12 by 6 pm

Cost: $20/meal for an appetizer, salad, main course and dessert as published.

The caterer will receive $17 of each meal purchased. The balance will underwrite paper goods and credit card and other service fees. IISTL is not charging the caterer or the purchaser a fee for participation.

Meal includes:

Dinner Option 1 – Chicken: $20

Appetizer: Spinach Byrek (one piece-spinach filled filo) and Cheese Byrek-(one piece-cheese filled filo)

Salad: Salad

Main Course: Chicken with Walnuts and Rice

Dessert: Baklava

Dinner Option 2 – Vegetarian: $20

Appetizer: Spinach Byrek (2pcs)

Salad: Salad

Main Course: Ali Pash Tepelena -Rice, almonds, raisins

Dessert: Baklava

Can Never Have Enough Dessert Option: Baklava

Package of 6: $10
Package of 12: $20

Additional Information

Pick up location is in our parking lot off of Louisiana, at our gym entrance. (signs will be posted) Please remain in your vehicle. A volunteer will ask you for your name and then will bring your order to your vehicle. All individuals will be wearing masks and gloves. Also, pop your trunks and food will be placed there.

Cancellation for a 90% refund is April 12 at 6 pm. Please email or call (314) 655-0921 to cancel your order.

This Week's Caterer

Arber Cafe

At Arber we are passionate about our culture and the food we make. We want to share this passion with you! Cook and co-owner Limoza Hoxha has created a menu that includes traditional Albanian dishes with ingredients predominantly found in Albania’s southern region. This region cultivates many of the  flavors that we incorporate into our dishes.

Contact information for Arber Cafe:

Text or Call: 314-833-6622

Facebook: @Arbercafestl

Instagram: @arber_cafe_stl

Previous Caterers

Baghdad Nights

Rana Ali the owner of Baghdad Nights. Came as refugee to St. Louis with her family in 2010. Rana has the passion of cooking food and decided to bring Iraqi’s food flavor to the community. With IICDC assistant Rana was able to open her catering business in 2019. If you like the Iraqi food and wants to place an catering order please visit Baghdad nights Facebook page

Contact information for Baghdad Nights

Call: 314-401-1780


Mira  (Egyptian & Syrian Food)

Duaa Alzateri came to St. Louis as a Syrian refugee in 2016 and is the mother of five children. Duaa came to St. Louis from Egypt. Her husband used to have a restaurant in Egypt featuring Syrian and Egyptian food. She started her catering business, Mira, in 2017 with IICDC support and assistance.

Contact information for Mira:

Sedara Sweets & Ice Cream

George and his wife Esraa, a refugee from Iraq started the business a couple of years ago because she wanted to bring a taste of the Middle East to St. Louis, in particular, our artisan sweets and baklava that can be found no where else in the St. Louis area. We hope to share the flare of our world and the passion and flavors of the Middle East with you.

We take pride in strive to give the people of St. Louis the absolute best in Middle East and cuisine and sweets, Using food to build bridges of cultural understanding and open new avenues of cultural expression.

Contact information for Sedara Sweets & Ice Cream

Text or Call: 314-338-0117

Facebook: @SedaraSTL

Instagram: @sedarastl

Taste of Bosnia

Elvira, owner of Taste of Bosnia, is from Bosnia. She was 17 years old when the war started, and her family had to leave their home. With her sister and parents they went to Germany as a refugee. They lived there for almost 5 years, when she got married in 1994. In 1997, Elvira moved to St. Louis with her husband and his family. She currently lives in South County with her husband and two children.

In Bosnia, Elvira was going to culinary school and her dream was always to have her own restaurant. She started her catering business -Taste Of Bosnia in February 2020 and is currently working on opening a restaurant in South County. Elvira is focused on making  traditional, authentic Bosnian food as made by our grandmas with a twist that will satisfy the taste and needs of today’s consumers.

Contact information for Taste of Bosnia:

Text or Call: 314-609-5709


Instagram: @TasteOfBosniaCatering