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Persian Nights Raw Food Supper Club
Sat 15 October 2016, 19:00 – 22:30 BST
Welcome to the Persian Nights Supper Club.
It is my pleasure to create a sumptuous supper night using some of the most wonderful and delicious ingredients on earth. The idea for this magical night came about during a conversation about raw food and yoga with one my lovely friends. So, thank you to my friend for inspiring me to host this night. I am so excited and am looking forward to it immensely. To get everyone in the mood I recommend listening to this wonderful work by Rimsky-Korsakov which, without question, captures the intrigue and wonder of the story of the beguiling Scheherazade. Also, it happens to be one of my favourite pieces of classical music. Close your eyes and you can imagine yourself bewitched by Scheherazade's tales of romance, passion, desire, tension, just like the the king so fearful of betrayal.
The scene for this supper club is set against a backdrop of the many tales from Persian folklore and myths. Stories such as One Thousand and One Nights –as told by Scheherazade. These tales were compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. It is often known in English as the Arabian Nights and came to include classic stories such as "Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", and "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor".
Persian culture has inspired many art forms including opera, ballet, art, mythology. A wealth of culture as rich and varied as the food. Many coveted ingredients are native to Iran, including pistachios, almonds, sesame, walnuts, saffron, mint, oranges, dates, pomegranates and grapes. Iran has a variable climate with four distinct seasons, and unlike other parts of the Middle East, where the dry terrain limited what food could be grown, the ancient Persians transformed vast stretches of arid land into fertile oases via underground aquifers that drew melted snow water into the desert. A bright, sensuous, fruit-and-herb filled cuisine was born and continues to be enjoyed today.
The street markets are filled a variety of vibrant foods, brought to life by the abundance of herbs and spices.
In the words of the 13th Century Persian Poet, Rumi
“The lion is most handsome when looking for food” so I expect that we will all be looking and feeling fabulous on the evening of 21st May
The Persian Nights raw food supper club will be based on the classic ingredients from Persia and will include fabulous dishes such as hummus, flatbreads, falafel, jeweled rice, kebabs, baklava, halva and of course, Persian chai. I will be featuring some key, classic ingredients such as those listed above, whilst at the same time keeping it raw, vegan and free from refined sugar.
And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart,
"Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath, And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons."
From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
I hope that you will be inspired to book to come to this magical evening. I look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful raw food supper club. Whether you are new to raw food or are a seasoned follower of my events you are sure to have a wonderful time and leave with new friends and memories. Please remember that as with all my supper clubs this event will be alcohol and smoke free.
Farsi for “bon appétit.”
By prior arrangement I am able to offer participants a selection of food for take away to enjoy over the following week, or to gift to a loved one. Prices available soon (Or for those who can’t make the night in person, you can still enjoy the wonderful dishes in the comfort of your own home) If you are interested please pm me for availability and prices.
Please bear in mind that I will need 5 days notice as all food is freshly sourced and prepared.