My mom may have not given me her Armenian last name (Elloian,) but she does share her love of Armenian food with me. Growing up, my family drove an an hour to Worcester, MA every Sunday to go to the Armenian Church of Our Savior and eat chicken and pilaf at my grandparents' house. If we were lucky, someone would make paklava for dessert or we'd stop at the Armenian store and pick up some lamejun to take home. Years later, it's mostly through Armenian food--lamejun, choreg, paklava, yelanchi, chicken & pilaf--that I feel connected with my Armenian heritage and the memories of my grandparents and great-aunt. It's also how I remember the stories of their parents, who came to the U.S. in the early 1920s to escape the Armenian Genocide. 

Whenever I meet other Armenians, food is always among our first topics of conversation. Now, I'm a journalist, photographer, and filmmaker working on my Master's Degree in News & Documentary Journalism at New York University. As my master's thesis, I am making a documentary exploring the ways Armenian identity has been passed down through generations through food.


As part of the documentary, I want to include your stories, whether you own a restaurant, cook for your family, or just like to eat, whether your family has been in the United States for generations, recently moved from Syria, or is still in Armenia. How does food make you feel connected to your heritage? Does Armenian food invoke memories of your grandparents and their stories? How is Armenian food different across the Armenian Diaspora? 

There are two ways you can participate:

1) By sharing your story as part of my research (through email, the form below, or a phone call)

2) By volunteering to be part of the documentary and share your Armenian food and heritage stories on camera

Fill out the form below or send me an email at I can't wait to hear from you.

© 2020 by Meredith Lawrence