Meet Hannah Goldberg – Chef founder of Tanabel in Brooklyn, NY

Updated: May 3

Photo Courtesy of Hannah Goldberg

Goldberg started Tanabel, food & events company — which celebrates the rich culinary traditions of the Middle East and employs refugee women — after the 2016 presidential election. Goldberg, who has been a chef since 2001, envisioned Tanabel as a space where women share a taste of home with their new communities and provide them with meaningful and empowering employment.

Welcome, Hannah to Chefs for Impact!

By Hannah Goldberg as told to Chefs for Impact

Was there a defining moment that led you to start Tanabel?

"So I graduated from school. It was the summer of 2001. I immediately started to work in three different kitchens, and I loved it more than I thought I would. I felt like there was a lot of theater in it, working creatively, on a team, putting on a show every night.

Then Sept 11th happened. Everything shut down. I was a pastry chef in SOHO. When we reopened, I went back to making our fancy desserts but also started making stuff to send to Ground Zero. There was this dichotomy.

So I was making cookies for Ground Zero and still cooking meals at $200 a head. That tension exists all the time for everyone I know in cooking. Margins are slim, you make a high quality product that demands a certain price, demands a certain clientele. There is so much need in and around food right now – there are so many have-nots.