Diablo magazine, which calls itself “the only monthly publication written specifically for the San Francisco East Bay market” and “a unique celebration of the area we call home”
The latest issue features an article called 40 Under 40:
From activists, to restaurateurs, to scientists, to musicians, these 40 movers and shakers are making a name for themselves before reaching the age of 40—and they show no signs of slowing down.
One of those featured is Reem Assil, owner of Reems Bakery, and lauder of terrorists.
Naturally, there is no mention of this apparently trivial fact in her profile, which paints her as a social justice activist.
34 Reem Assil
Founder/Owner, Reem’s California
“Traditional Arab street food made with California love” is the tagline for Reem’s California, a flatbread bakery in Oakland. But it’s not just a catchy saying. Founder and owner Reem Assil really means it. “I want to feed the movement in more ways than one,” says Assil. “Building an institution that nurtures people’s bellies and souls, connects them, and helps strengthen communities seemed like a no-brainer to me. I became a baker because it merged my passion for food, social justice, and community.”
As a female chef of color in an industry dominated by white men, Assil knows she is going against the grain. But she’s already gained recognition for her efforts: San Francisco Chronicle named her a Rising Star Chef in 2017, and Centro Community Partners named Assil a 2016 Small Business Owner of the Year. —M.M.
Note the shirt she is wearing in the picture. One can only assume what she means by her “homeland.”