Our Persian Spread

IMG_11 Our Persian Spread was a New York City-based, dinner event at The V-Spot prepared by the exquisite chef, Nasim Alikhani. At this event, Alikhani honorably took on the challenge of veganizing traditional Persian dishes. Producer James Koroni teamed up with Bina Ahmad and Bitta Mostofi to create this event.


Koroni is of Iranian descent. His father’s death to cancer encouraged him to pursue a plant-based lifestyle. In an effort to feel more connected to his father, this concept was created to honor his father’s life and culture, while being true to Koroni’s health-conscious lifestyle.


Most innovations in culinary art are happening with plant-based foods. More and more plant-based chefs and businesses are popping up in the mainstream. For example, a vegan doughnut shop in Brooklyn, Dun-Well Doughnuts won Canadian Food Network’s Donut Showdown, in addition, Chef Chloe Coscarelli won the American Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. President Bill Clinton, Academy Award winning starlet Jessica Chastain and music mogul Russell Simmons are among many celebrities who have all adopted a plant-based lifestyles.


Our Persian Spread brought communities together to enjoy this one of a kind experience.

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FOOD: Part 2 of 6

Increase Intake of Vegetables and Fruits

Vegetables and fruits are the two most nutrient-dense foods in the Fruit Vegetable, Enforced Archworld. This means, per calorie, they pack the highest concentration of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and other health-promoting nutrients when compared to all other foods. This is true of vegetables and fruits that are raw or minimally cooked, and as close to their natural form as possible. (A french fry comes from a potato, but it is not a health-promoting food.) Consuming a higher quantity of nutrients from food (versus from supplementation) is considered one of the most important things you can do to protect and ensure your health. I won't get into detail here, but the science shows many exceptionally high correlations between higher consumption of these foods and increased lifespan.

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-improved health of the cardio-circulatory system (better circulation of blood, reduced heart disease, reduced incidence of strokes, etc.)

-decreased risk of a number of diseases, including various cancers

-improved and quickened recovery from disease (stronger immune system)

-decreased mental decline with age (better thinking)

-decreased ocular degeneration with time (better vision)

The implications reach far and wide, and there are many other Fruit Vegetable, Enforced Archbenefits not listed here. But it is also important to mention that, among those populations already consuming high levels of these foods, those who consume more dark leafy greens (e.g. salad) and more legumes/pulses (i.e. beans, peas, and lentils) have even better health and live even longer. (Disclaimer)

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FOOD: Part 1 of 6

Like many branches of science, nutritional science is constantly being updated, added to, and changed. But unlike most other scientific disciplines, the general population, at least Food, Enforced Archin western and westernized countries, wants to know these changes and feels directly implicated by them. This is because what nutritional science has to say--or at least what the popular media have to say about findings in nutrition--carries great implications for everyone's health and appearance. It is also in part because highly-westernized countries such as the U.S. do not, relatively speaking, have a traditional food culture, and so what people eat is frequently subject to change based on governmental and commercial interests.While many finer points are disputed within this field, there exists a handful of guidelines that are almost universally promoted. According to general recommendations made by many top health authorities, most people would improve their health by:

1) increasing intake of vegetables and fruits; 2) replacing refined grains with whole grains; 3) decrease intake of processed foods and animal foods; 4) ensuring regular consumption of nuts and seeds; 5) increasing intake of clean water.

While there are many other recommendations for improving nutritional intake, I believe these five serve as a strong foundation for most people looking to benefit their health. I'll explicate these five points one at a time in future articles. (Disclaimer)

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Too Young

Young Girl WorkingTremendous injustice is occurring all over the world. The most innocent and fragile of living creatures have no voice. Children are making textiles, toys (which they will never play with) and matches, among many other items. We call this Child labor. Child Trafficking is another malicious form of modern slavery. Each day, more children are trafficked into prostitution, forced labor, child marriage and other slavery-like conditions. Each day sees the growth of skills and experience of traffickers and those who purchase trafficked persons. Isn't slavery illegal? I guess not.

Child TraffickingIn our society we seek the most "delicious" food and at what cost? Do we know at what level of cruelty the farmers reach for particular forms of meat or dairy? Male chicks are useless to egg farms so they are simply plucked up and loaded into a grinder or left in a dumpster to die.

Male Chicks in GrinderVeal production is also a bi-product of the dairy industry. It's beyond me how this kind of medieval torture is still around? Pulled from their mother immediately after birth, fed an anemic diet in a wooden crate to small to lie down in and then killed after 18 or 20 weeks.

Veal CratesYou may ask what can I do about this? Being informed should be your first bit of effort. There are so many resources online for you to peruse. Then avoid companies that use child labor, create artistic works that educate your audiences, avoid cruel farming practices and you'll make a world of difference. All we have is each other to rely upon. It isn't difficult to be compassionate. It's simply difficult to know these ethical issues exist and then not do anything about it!