Fall/Winter Arabic Cooking Series

Posted on September 11, 2021 by Alta Schwartz

Satisfy your tastebuds and learn something new this season!
We've got four great options to choose from!


September – December
One Saturday per month
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

In-person at Alif Institute:
3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta GA 30340

Masks and social distancing are required.

Syrian Cuisine – Harraq Osbao (حراء اصبعه)presented by Sahar Hashem

Saturday, September 18, 2021
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
For Youth (12+) and Adults 
(12 – 15 must be accompanied by a parent.)

Cost:
Individuals
$25 per person / $30 for non-members

Couples/pairs (sharing one spot)
$45 for a pair / $50 for non-members

Vegan heaven is one way to describe this lentil, noodle, tamarind dish popular in the Levant, especially in Damascus. One legend states that as the wife was cooking the meal, her husband walked into the kitchen to sneak in a taste of this delicious but traditionally time-consuming dish. Not realizing how piping hot the food is, he scalded his fingers when he dipped them in the pot, hence the literal name of the entree ‘scalding his fingers.’ Join Damascene native Dr. Sahar Hashem as she cooks her scrumptious secret recipe.

Levantine Cuisine –Fattet Baytinjan (فته باذنجان) with Mariam Dennawi

Saturday, October 16, 2021

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
For Youth (12+) and Adults 
(12 – 15 must be accompanied by a parent.)

Cost:
Individuals
$25 per person / $30 for non-members

Couples/pairs (sharing one spot)
$45 for a pair / $50 for non-members

We have all heard of and love ‘brunch.’ But sometimes nothing satisfies more ‘brinner.’ That is right, breakfast for dinner. In parts of the Arab Mediterranean, brinner means fatteh time. Said to have started as a way to recycle stale bread, fatteh consists of yummy pita or saj bread, torn into pieces and toasted or fried to a perfect crunch, coated with a light, nutty, and creamy mixture of tahini and yogurt or labneh, and topped with chickpeas, eggplant, meat, etc., almonds or pine nuts, and garnished with pomegranate arils, parsley, etc. An Egyptian version contains rice. Join Mariam Dennawi as she makes her famous Levantine eggplant fatteh, known in Arabic as Fattet Baytinjan

Arab American Cuisine – Thanksgiving…The Arab Way presented by Awad Awad

Saturday, November 20, 2021
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
For Youth (12+) and Adults 
(12 – 15 must be accompanied by a parent.)

Cost:
Individuals
$35 per person / $40 for non-members

Couples/pairs (sharing one spot)
$45 for a pair / $50 for non-members

Nothing brings friends and family together around the dinner table like the holidays. Traditional American staples for Thanksgiving feature turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables. For dessert, pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie. Join Alif’s Public Education Director (and resident Chef) Awad Awad as he teaches us Arab American twists and Middle East-inspired holiday side dishes that are sure to impress your friend and family at your next dinner or potluck. Dishes will include favorites such as cornish hen, hashweh stuffing, the best garlic mashed potatoes ever, pecan qatayef…Of course, we’ll need to sample what we make, so we’ll end the session with an award-worthy feast. Make sure to bring your appetites

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