On March 6, President Trump introduced a “tweaked” version of his travel ban, and once again, it looks like it won’t hold up with the courts. (The original was met with widespread protests, including a strike by Yemeni bodega owners.) Joining restaurants and other businesses that have donated to Muslim and refugee-advocacy organizations, the travel website Roads & Kingdoms will launch a “Banned Countries Dinner Series.” The dinners are being put on with prolific cookbook author Naomi Duguid, whose most recent book is the acclaimed Taste of Persia, and Greenpoint’s Middle Eastern restaurant Glasserie. They’ll kick it off on March 21, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a celebration of Nowruz (or Persian New Year) feast inspired by Yasmin Khan, who wrote The Saffron Tales. Tickets aren’t cheap at $125, but it’s for a good cause: Proceeds will benefit the International Rescue Committee.
A spread for the Persian New Year. Photo: Reza/Getty Images