In 2015 Amanda Saab lit up screens all over the world on MasterChef, she was the first hijab wearing American Muslim contestant on a major reality TV show. Hate tweets and painfully racist Facebook messages started to outweigh the positive messages she was receiving. It was an incredibly painful time for Amanda and her husband Hussein.
In a stroke of great bravery Amanda decided that she needed to counteract the ignorance and loathing that has overcome the U.S., and with an open heart the couple began to invite strangers into their home.
Amanda cooked a beautiful meal and allowed non-Muslims to ask her and Hussein any and all questions about Islam. After the first few dinners the couple met Michael Hebb, who has been convening topic based dinners for the past two decades and together they decided it was time to share this concept on a national stage.
This is the very beginning, we are fast at work building an in-depth website that will launch in the fall of 2017. It will include a robust toolkit so that Muslims across the US can host their own dinners.