The Chiche! Story - the short version
Chadi came to Luxembourg in 2015 as a result of the war in Syria but he doesn't define himself as a refugee, rather as a citizen of the world who can be at home wherever his heart is.
Triggered by Pitt and Marianne’s wish to create a second social restaurant, Chiche! fosters social inclusion by empowering women and men from here and elsewhere through work. Our special aim goes at hiring people of all origins that have a hard time finding a job but who generally have fabulous cooking skills. We believe that this project will allow them to regain self-confidence, to develop social and language skills, and that they will enrich our country with their energy and culture in the years to come.
What started as a temporary venue in Hollerich has now found a perennial destination and most of the works and decoration have been carried out by ourselves and staff members under the artistical direction of Isabelle Dickes and assisted by Hugues de Maere, an experienced movie-set carpenter. The main theme has remained the same: minimal investment into the walls and maximum social impact for the implied people. Up-cycling second hand objects and creating several different ambiances have been at the heart of the decoration idea.
« Chiche » has a triple meaning: pois chiche is the french word for chick-pea, one of the cornerstones of mediterranean cuisine and the main ingredient of the falafel, our signature dish.
It is also - phonetically - the arabic word for skewer (brochette).
Finally Chiche! is a french expression for "taking up a challenge" and launching a social impact, sustainable and viable pop-up restauration project is quite a challenge!
We would like to thank Moheb, Hadsh, Daniel, Alexis, Stéphanie, Husham, Karam, Orbal, Jean, Claudine, Brasserie Bofferding, M. Witry, Vic Rockenbrod, Fenêtres Mersch (for the beautiful windows) and Mich Reckinger for letting us use one of his trucks and our neighbours and many others for their support and patience, donations and help.
Photo credits: Charles Edouard Diatta, Matic Zorman ... and many others