Authentic Lebanese Food Comes to the Seacoast at Karimah’s Kitchen
Karimah Omar Nabulsi grew up in a big family where food was a celebration. She and her siblings would gather in the kitchen with their mother, laughing and talking while they prepared meals. It was a true act of love and creativity. When Karimah immigrated to the US from Lebanon in the 1970s, she made her way to a small New England seacoast town where she felt right at home. “It was so wonderful how similar Exeter was to my own small village. There were fresh vegetables, small farms, and farmers markets. The strong sense of community here reminded me so much of my home so far away.”
Over the years, Karimah became the mother of five and like her Mama, cooking was her expression of love and celebration of her own family and community. Her children encouraged her to open Karimah’s Kitchen. At first she was unsure what to expect. “I was from a different country and selling a different food, so I wasn’t sure how people would respond.” Business has steadily grown since, and she provides her prepared foods for farmers markets and the Farm at Eastman’s Corner, as well as offering catering and cooking classes throughout the community.