by Andy Shallal


PEACE CAFE - Visions of Peace 


The "menu," with its quotes from Gandhi "Nonviolence is the finest quality of the soul." and Martin Luther King "History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued their self-defeating path of hate." sets the tone.

The menu presents questions and quotes from the play Via Dolorossa to spark conversation at each table.
Hoummus, pita bread, olives, and drinks are served. "Arabs and Jews eat the same food," says Andy Shallal, the owner of Mimi's American Bistro.
He believes that sharing food, the tearing of the pita bread, the dipping of the bread into the mutual bowl of hoummus is the beginning of a human bond that promotes understanding.
At Mimi's, Shallal also serves a "peace menu" that includes dates and figs.