In an intimate gesture, chef Sameh Wadi will be giving the public a sneak peek into his his mom's house with an upcoming family-style dinner that he describes as pretty close to the way his large family dines when he's away from his stoves and his mom is in charge of the food.
Not unlike most good chefs, Wadi came to cooking thanks to his mom. But perhaps more interestingly, he came to his cookbook via his mom and dad, who had started a cooking tome of their own in Palestine, many years ago. Thanks to political unrest and exodus, they were never able to publish theirs, but Wadi was able to pick up where they left off and recently published The New Mediterranean Table, now available everywhere.
Think of Monday's family-style dinner as an homage to his parents, his people, the cookbook that wasn't but now is, and his mom's table. Tickets are still available and things start at 6 p.m.
Cucumber & Yogurt Salad rose petals and sour cherries
Marinated Peppers toasted garlic and smoked paprika
Shellfish Paella Croquettes saffron aioli and fresh lemon
Whole Roasted Lamb Shoulder with arabic spices
Jeweled Rice spiced basmati rice with saffron, nuts, herbs, dried fruit and aromatics
Roasted Carrots oil-cured black olives and cumin yogurt
Fresh Beans & Peas lemon/thyme yogurt and sumac
Roasted Peaches goat cheese and pistachios
Pistachio & Sour Cherry Baklava Roll
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