Azoumeh: An Arab Dinner Party
Date(s) - 01/07/2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Azoumeh literally translates to “dinner party” in Arabic, but more than that, it is an occasion where people are invited over to share a special meal, whether it is for a wedding, an engagment, or even graduation. It is a way to share joy with the community around you, and on most occasions, if it’s big enough, the doors will be open to anyone passing by to come in and partake in the celebration. Most of the time, meals cooked for an azoumeh are special foods only enjoyed on such unique occasions.
With this series of pop-up dinners, we want to recreate that space of joy and togetherness that comes with gathering around a communal meal. For those far from home, we want to bring a sense of home and belonging here to the Bay Area. For the first azoumeh of the series, we will present Qidreh, a dish of lamb, chickpeas and spiced rice cooked in a clay pot called a qidreh. Qidreh originates in Southern Palestine, specifically in the cities of Al-Khalil (Hebron) and Gaza. True to traditional azoumeh style, meals will be served family style, and guests are encouraged to serve one another, pass dishes, joke, and converse.