What do cultural events have to do with Mad Priest? Mad Priest Coffee Roasters started in 2015 with the mission to build the specialty coffee community in Chattanooga, while empowering resettled refugees though employment and on-the-job training. But as a small, for-profit startup, we could only hire so many refugees, so we started looking for other ways that we could empower the immigrant and refugee community here and give local Chattanoogans a chance to experience culture.

In early 2017, we started hosting events around the city that enable folks to experience the world and its beautiful tapestry of food, culture, and tradition right in their own backyard. We seek to provide an immersive cultural experience that includes things like learning about cultural rituals, tasting traditional cuisines, and hearing new genres of music. So far we've had a taste of India, Iraq, Venezuela, and Scotland, and we're so excited to host many more events in our own space, The Mad Priest, this year! Stay tuned! 


April 2017 - An Evening in India 

A traditional dinner from The Dosa Hut Indian Cuisine was the perfect preface to the incredible music of The Raghu Dixit Project, who stopped in with us for a night on their American tour. From Bangalore, India, they have played in over 30 countries and are known for a fresh take on Indian cultural heritage with their earthy, joyful music. The house was packed and young and old were dancing and jumping and singing, what a night!

May 2017 - An Evening in Iraq 

Wahab and Jinan came to America from Iraq as refugees five years ago, and recently launched their catering company, Jinan’s Kitchen. We were proud to introduce them to Chattanooga through hosting a full-course dinner with formal table service and family-style seating that showcased their authentic Iraqi food. The menu included Hummus, Tabbouleh, Kibbeh, succulent meats, aromatic rice, and fresh flatbread baked in their tandoori oven in the middle of the room.

June 2017 - World Refugee Day Celebration

For World Refugee Day 2017, we teamed up with Bridge Refugee Services and Coming to America to celebrate the resilience of refugees around the world through incredible food (prepared by past and present clients of Bridge), riveting stories of refugees’ journeys to the US, live music, and an interactive art station for kids. It was amazing to see 350+ Chattanoogans come out and show their support for refugees!

September 2017 - An Evening in Venezuela

On the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, we partnered with local non-profit LaPaz Chattanooga and Tepuy Venezuelan Cuisine for a family-friendly, end-of-summer fiesta outside of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Highlights included delicious Arepas, Venezuelan-inspired cocktails, a Pops con Amor treat, and tours of the Basilica...all set to the live acoustic music of world-renowned Venezuelan artist, composer, and Grammy nominee, Frank Quintero.

April 2018 - An Evening in Scotland (Tartan Day)

What an amazing celebration of Tartan Day at Chattanooga Brewing Company! They brewed up a special Scotch Ale and had an incredible Scottish menu for the evening of fish and chips, scotch eggs and more! The VIP folks got to hang out upstairs for an exclusive scotch tasting (with Chris from Chattanooga Wine and Spirits), a full Scottish buffet (with haggis!). And of course, all the festivities were set to live bagpipes and the enchanting celtic music of Raven and Red. We even got some pretty authentic Scottish weather for the evening! 


Interested in partnering with us? We'd love to hear from you! We're always looking for new and creative ways to introduce our local community to the world through food, entertainment and people. 

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