An Authentic Arabic Feast Fit For National Arab American Heritage Month
SOURCE: HOUR DETROIT
BY: TIMOTHY HAFKE
April is National Arab American Heritage Month, a holiday that celebrates the achievements of Arab-Americans throughout the country. Three food bloggers, Chicago-based recipe developer Mai Khader Kakish of @almondandfig and California residents Nadia Hubbi and Dena Kabakibi, the duo behind modern Middle Eastern food company Sweet Pillar, @sweetpillarfood, are kicking the month off with an Arab food-filled event at Livonia’s Butter Bear Shop. The women joined forces to create the hashtag #aprilisforarabicfood and asked their combined nearly 40,000 worldly followers to share their favorite Arabic recipes over Instagram for NAAHM. The vast response to their post led the three to tap Amanda Saab, owner of the Livonia bakery, to host one of the first April is For Arabic Food meetups of the month on April 2.
“April is For Arabic Food highlights and celebrates Arab food and people, and is intended to build a community of people interested in food,” Saab says. Her culinary past is extensive, guaranteeing that event-goers will be devouring exceptional pastries and pies. She appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s Masterchef on Fox in 2015. Saab also runs the Instagram account Chef In Hijab (@chefinhijab), which documents her search to find the best halal restaurants in Asia. So far, she’s found success in Japan — visiting Tokyo, Ueno, and Tamba to tasty acclaim.