FOOD & LOVE UNITY
With a challenging journey from Syria and Lebanon to the United States, Ibtisam has always wanted to showcase the cuisines of her family lineages, bringing people together through the flavors and dishes she grew up with
For Syrians, like Ibtisam, to cook is to be at home, to commune over a meal, and seal a bond of friendship. While most people will associate Syria with the death and destruction that is in the news, Syrians are so much more than this war, just like Ibtisam and her family. Food tells Syria’s history better than the volumes that chronicle rulers and wars. Syria’s land was part of the Fertile Crescent, where agriculture was born. It was fought over by the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians and Babylonians. It was ruled by Persians, Byzantines and Ottomans — and we can taste their influence.
TASTE THE INFLUENCE
Ever since coming to the United States, Ibtisam was determined to have her own restaurant, to realize her own American Dream. All she ever wanted was to bring people together and create peace and love through food.
THE STORY OF OLIVE TREE
In Syria, each city has its own palette of flavors and food stories. Olive Tree’s menu features Ibtisam’s family favorite flavors of traditional Syrian food all Halal certified.