Mezzes, which literally translates to “tasty snacks,” have in fact outgrown their snack trousers. Hot or cold, spicy or sweet, mezzes are eaten collectively as a meal. The range of dishes can be incredibly extensive, including fried, pickled or grilled meats or fish, as well as other seasonal vegetables. These small dishes reflect the region’s extraordinary bounty, its reliance on seasonal produce, and its emphasis on straightforward preparation. Middle Eastern ingredients include olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, onions, and fresh herbs and act as the foundation for this style of cooking. A tremendous range of flavors and textures emanate from those ingredients!
At Miriam restaurant there is a long list of mezzes to choose from, and tonight Chef Rafi is making a handful of his favorites to share with you. At Miriam, the cuisine tries to reflect the Israeli duality- how new Israelis felt about preserving their own identity against a desire to forge a new one. Miriam’s philosophy follows a distinctly Israeli path, melding the traditions brought by its newfound citizens with the style of food produced in its geographical region. Personally, Rafi gifts his family secrets through this reflection and sharing now traditional recipes that have stemmed from this duality while you guys dine on these shared mezzes together.
Recipes:Hummus; Matbucha (tomato and peppers dip); Sehug (spicy peppers paste); Green Tahini Sauce; Spanakopita; Fried breaded cauliflower
Class Type: Local Chef, hands-on cooking class
Class Notes: Each student leaves with a $10 gift certificate for Miriam Restaurant in Brooklyn!
Co-Owner & Executive Chef, Rafael Hasid, better known to his customers and friends as “Rafi” is a native Israeli and now a Brooklyn, New York transplant for over 11 years. A graduate of The French Culinary Institute and a former chef of Le Père Pinard (NYC) and kitchen chef at Yamamoto’s Rafi has opened up two restaurants in Brooklyn – Hill Diner in Cobble Hill and Miriam Restaurant in Park Slope. In his spare time, Rafi is traveling and exploring new food frontiers and finding culinary inspiration for his “Biblical Feast” menu. Contact Rafi