On Friday, June 30th, join us for a very special evening sure to educate and enlighten all who attend. From 7:30 - 9:30 pm, SELECT Culture Nights will partner to present "Displaced Dinners," a partner event dedicated to both the rich flavors of the Middle East, and the stories of those who have fled its most war-torn areas. For this occasion, we will meet at Spreadhouse Cafe, where our chef and host for the evening will be Mr. Lutfi Mohammed, a refugee formerly of his native Syria. Lufti's story is a particularly tragic one, having been first disowned from his family for coming out as gay in 2005, and then later having fled to the United States with the start of the Syrian civil war. Over the course of the evening we'll hear his story, share his native food and drink on the carpeted floor in traditional bedouin-style, and experience the Syrian crisis as few do, with a special 360 degree virtual reality tour of his home state.
The evening includes a full five-course meal (menu below) complete with two glasses of wine and tax and gratuity included for $75 per seat. All proceeds from the event will go directly to supporting Lufti. Space is quite limited, so RSVP soon if you would like to attend.
Salata Jarjeer - Arugula salad with mushrooms and onions tossed with a pomegranate molasses dressing
Batata Harra - Pan fried seasoned Cubed Potatoes with Cilantro and Garlic
Za'atar Sprouts - Flash fried brussels sprouts tossed with za'atar, sumac, and cashew
Bedouin Chicken - slow-cooked, pulled chicken in a traditional broth served over red rice topped with pita crisps, walnuts and tahini yogurt
Zalatimo Baklava à la Mode - Cashew stuffed baklava with a side of ice cream from the recipe book of the original baklava makers of Jerusalem