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The ‘Lebanese Feast’

Lebanese dining is based on traditions of Middle Eastern hospitality that date back centuries. If a stranger where to call upon your door, it is obligatory and courteous to be hospitable, as the proverb below tells.

“The mistreatment of strangers is a sure way to incur divine wrath”

Traditionally when a guest arrives at your door, they are welcomed into your house and offered refreshments, such as drinks, sweets and savoury snacks. My family would provide for our dinner guest snacks such as; freshly roasted almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and pistachio nuts while they wait for dinner to be prepared. On the table would be a variety of condiments and flat bread for guests to whet their appetite before the main meal arrives. Chilled water in a Lebanese flask and drinking glasses are placed on the table as refreshments. For those who have experienced drinking straight from the flask are welcomed to do so, as it is an acquired skill and is always amusing to watch newcomers try. The dinner can be either a main course consisting of a single dish, or mezza, a variety of small dishes, followed by a selection of seasonal fruits to freshen the pallet.

Unlike the western tradition Lebanese do not serve a dessert. After the main meal guests are ushered into the living room to relax talk, mingle and have after dinner drinks. Lebanese coffee with a selection of filo pastries, cakes and biscuits are served around an hour as the end of the dinner but not the night.

Lebanese Feast, offer foodies the experience of a traditional Lebanese dinner in the comfort of their own home. This includes traditional Lebanese food cooked and served Lebanese style in your own home. Lebanese dining differs from traditional European and western dining by not having a formal entrées and dessert but provides the various options shown below.

Please be aware that this is a traditional Mediterranean diet that contains wheat, nuts, eggs, dairy, sugar, animal meats and fats. We do not use seed oils but can do so on your request. We deep fry using traditional methods but if you require the use of seed oil (for vegetarian or other reasons) we can accommodate your request.

This ‘Lebanese Feast’ is not a catering service. We will need to access and use your kitchen to prepare and store food until it is cooked and served. Please note that we will require refrigerator space and kindly ask you to prepare this prior to our arrival. This service is suited for more intimate occasions of 4 to 12 people. When you book a dinner, you are purchasing the ‘Lebanese Experience’.

What you get

The dinner service offers the option to select your dishes, the style of service and the number of guest. There are two styles of dinner service, ‘the main course’ and ‘mezza’ (the feast).

Snacks

Snacks which include a combination of roasted nuts and seeds are served with drinks early in the evening when guests arrive.

Starters

Starters are not entrées in the western sense, but include small servings of condiments, such as olives, pickles, cheeses, yoghurt, dips and flatbread, which are presented on the table for guests to snack on before the main meal arrives.

Main Course

The main course is the centre piece of the dining experience. The dish is shared by all and is customary to be served by the host. The meal is not plated up prior to serving.

Mezza

Mezza is a less formal style of dining where you have the option to select five different items from the mezza menu. These can be served at a dining table setting or an informal buffet style setting.

Seasonal Fruits

Following the main course or mezza, instead of desert, it is customary to serve seasonal fruits, such as fresh figs, stone fruit, melons, dates, apples and grapes instead of a western style dessert. A tray of seasonal fruit is an option which can be added to the main course or mezza selection.

Coffee and Sweets

Lebanese coffee is a strong dark short brewed coffee, served sweetened in the cup (similar to Greek and Turkish coffee). This is served with a platter of filo pastries produced by the finest Lebanese bakeries, or fresh baked cakes and biscuits. Traditionally coffee is not served at the dinner table but in the comfort of the living room. Please discuss the timing and arrangement for this option.

Please note that all the above options are provide for you to select and design your dinner. Each option can be customised in relation when and where it will be served during the evening.

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