As part of our immigration unit in social studies, 3rd and 4th grade students went on a field trip to an Afghani restaurant, the Khyber Pass Cafe in St. Paul. We talked with owner Emel Sherzad and learned about his immigration experience.

We took the city bus to the restaurant. This was the first time on the public bus for some students in the class.


Emel Sherzad, owner of the Khyber Pass Cafe and a Friends School of Minnesota parent of alumni, shared his experience of immigrating from Afghanistan to the United States. He told the class his family’s story and how he ultimately ended up in Minnesota.

Emel Sherzad

We also tasted and learned about Afghani food. The savory dishes were very popular with the class.  One student said, “This is the best chicken I ever had in my life!”



The other half of the third and fourth grades will have the opportunity to go on this field trip in January. What a great way to connect to the community!

– Chad
3rd-4th grade teacher