The Welcome Project Gears Up for 10th YUM Festival

YUMYUM 2017. Photo courtesy of the Welcome Project.

It’s the time of year again when immigrant-run restaurants from all over the city give back to the Welcome Project in a celebration of international food.

YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City lets ticket-holders taste dishes from nine immigrant-run spots, including Rinc√≥n Mexicano, Masala, Istanbul’lu, and Yoshi’s. This year’s festival is scheduled for April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Arts at the Armory.

“YUM is really a celebration of the diversity that exists within Somerville,” says Welcome Project Development Associate Kenia Alfaro. “What better way to see how diverse [the city is], and the different people that live in our community, than by seeing it via food? It’s really a celebration of the immigrant-owned restaurants that we have here and the diversity that makes up Somerville.”

The restaurants donate food, meaning that the $50 general admission ticket ($60 at the door) goes toward the Welcome Project, a non-profit that supports local immigrants.

“We’re able to help them out with different marketing skills, different business skills, give them any support they’re looking for. If anyone in their restaurant is looking for English classes or anything like that, we can help them with that as well,” Alfaro explains. “So we offer our support throughout the year to restaurants.”

YUM will also include raffles, a cash bar, and displays celebrating the event’s 10-year mark.