No More Boring Dates! Discover the Versatility of Cooking with Dates


Wed Jul 06 2022 at 03:00 pm


Free Library of Philadelphia, Greater Olney Branch | Philadelphia, PA

Whether you are going on a date, or a eating the fruit, dates brings people together. In Islam, the date is sacred. It is mentioned in the Quran more than any other fruit-bearing plant. Muslims often eat this nutritious fruit to break their fast during Ramadan. In this in-person, fun, and free cooking demonstration, chef Jamela Bilal demonstrates how to prepare deliciously nutritious meals with dates.
Chef Jamela Bilal is an African American Muslim Woman from Philadelphia. Her formal training is in Elementary Education and Graphic Design/Marketing, but she always yearned for more. In 2008 she was hired by a local Chef to develop their brand and marketing strategy for a new restaurant. While developing their brand, Jamela was exposed to professional cooking, and a passion emerged. She had been creatively cooking for her oldest son with food allergies, but the exposure to professional food preparation awakened a spark within her. Chef Jamela honed her talent as a chef working with professional chefs in the area until she eventually branched off on her own. She currently owns a full-service catering/meal prep company and teaches Culinary Arts to children.
In the Path of Islam is a place to share the stories of Islam and to celebrate Philadelphia as a center for indigenous African-Americans. The exhibition is held at The William B. Dietrich Gallery on the Third Floor of Parkway Central Library. It is part of a larger project made possible by the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
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Free Library of Philadelphia, Greater Olney Branch, 5501 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, United States

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