Social Justice: “With Love” Restaurant


Current fare: “With Love, Savannah”

From How’s this for an offer: Enjoy a home-cooked international meal while at the same time helping immigrant families to Syracuse learn about the restaurant business That’s exactly what happened when you visited “With Love, Pakistan” on Syracuse’s North Side at 435 N. Salina St., which opened earlier this year. The restaurant was then “From Burma With Love” serving Burmese fare.  Operated by Onondaga Community College and supported by Catholic Charities, the eatery serves as a “teaching restaurant” enabling its students to learn the ins and outs of working in a professional kitchen in hopes of landing a culinary job or owning a dining establishment. Part of OCC’s food services management program, the teaching restaurant is a workforce development program run in partnership with Centerstate CEO and Catholic Charities. Among the local suppliers of food to the restaurant is Salt City Harvest Farm, an area farm that supports refugee families and works closely with Immaculate Conception Parish youth for planting and harvest support. A goal of the program is to provide training for individuals who might otherwise face obstacles such as language, education to gaining such experience. The first restaurateur in residence was Sarah Robin, an OCC student from Lahore, Pakistan. New restaurateurs in residence are selected every 6 months, so depending on the nationality of the next student, the name of the establishment will change. “From Burma With Love”  menu included Garlic Noodles with Butterfly Prawn, Chicken Curry and Moo Ping, (barbecue pork and sweet chili dip).  To learn more about the restaurant and the theme of the upcoming cuisine, go to: To learn more about the parish’s social justice efforts, please contact the Parish Office at 315-637-9846.

The restaurant serves lunch Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m. and dinner Thursday and Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. For further info, call 315-870-3861.
Happy eating!