Arab American Special Dinner #217: A Table Shared with Culinary Genius, Ana Sortun

Date November 14, 2017, Tuesday
Time 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Price: $75
Phone 734.663.3663

Put a dash of spice into your November at our Arab American Special Dinner #217!

When Ana Sortun opened her third restaurant Sarma in Massachusetts in 2013, Boston Magazine lauded her a “culinary genius”. We’re pleased to announce that Ana will be bringing that brilliance and her Eastern Mediterranean fare to Zingerman’s Roadhouse on November 14th.

After multiple visits to Turkey, the James Beard Award-winning chef became inspired to open her first restaurant Oleana in 2001. She is committed to using only the best ingredients to create her dishes, which take the traditional flavors of the Middle East to an approachable, yet evocative level of flavor.

Our dinner with Ana will feature cozy dishes from her cookbook Soframiz, a collaboration between the acclaimed chef and her talented baking business partner, Maura Kilpatrick. The book is illustrative of colorful Lebanese, Greek, and Turkish recipes from Sofra Bakery and Cafe in Cambridge, which the two opened together in 2008. Ana will be autographing copies of her book at this very special dinner—don’t miss out on this opportunity to purchase your own signed copy! calls Soframiz “A charming collection of 100 recipes...showcasing modern Middle Eastern spices and flavors with exotic yet accessible sweet and savory dishes geared toward everyday cooking and entertaining.”

The word sofra in Turkish is synonymous with hospitality and generosity. It can also refer to a table set for eating a meal. We certainly anticipate the delicacies Ana will bring to our table at the Roadhouse, including warm, buttery hummus with spicy beef and pine nuts. And what says hospitality more than butternut squash gozleme, a filled Turkish flatbread? The Roadhouse welcomes our friends and family for an incredible experience while we fill your plates with rich, generous flavors at this family-style dinner.

In honor of celebrating Zingerman’s 35th Anniversary, we will be giving away a free copy of Soframiz to the 35th person who purchases a ticket for this fabulous dinner!

Family Style Menu:

First Course Meze:

Green Apple Fattoush
A Middle Eastern salad with chopped Romaine, green apple, cucumber, herbs, and crispy pita bread

Syrian Style Lentils
With leafy greens

Butternut Squash Gozleme
A flaky flatbread with tomato-brown butter, haloumi cheese, and butternut squash

Warm Buttered Hummus
With spicy beef and pine nuts

Second Course Meze:

Carrot Kibbeh
A bulgar wheat dumpling made with carrot purée, Swiss chard, raisins, and pine nuts

A Turkish yogurt dip made with cucumber, spinach, and fresh herbs

Chicken Shawarma
A traditional Lebanese favorite, with roasted chicken and garlic sauce wrapped in flaky flatbread

Lamb and Grape Leaf Tarts
Ground lamb and orzo tarts wrapped in grape leaves

Plated Dessert:

Brown Butter Pecan Pie
With espresso dates