Hey, all! You may or may not know that I'm a big Armenianophile. Armenian culture and food has always had an important place in my heart. It is the ancient crossroads of western civilization, and (unsurprisingly) has a fascinating culinary bricolage. There sumptuous flavors of north Africa, the Middle East, Greece, Turkey and Russia all have an influence on the cuisine...no wonder I love it.
Unfortunately, a weak infrastructure, civil war and several natural disasters have left Armenia struggling to stay on its feet. As is the case in many unstable areas, the children of Armenia suffer terribly. This Saturday, May 7th, the Seattle chapter of the SOAR (Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief) and I are holding a fundraiser for these kids-why don't you come join us? We'll be making all kinds of delicious goodies, and you WILL LOVE THEM. :) We will be making:
- Armenian Pilaf (baked rice, with sautéed pasta, nuts, and dried fruit)
- Lamajun (Armenian pizza)
- Grape Leaf Sarma (grape leaves stuffed with rice, currants and lamb)
- Spinach-Lentil Soup with Matzoun (homemade whole milk yogurt)
- Bourma (rolled walnut and sugar strudel)
Here are the deets:
Armenian Cooking Class Benefit
Saturday, May 7, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (hands-on class)
Whole Foods Roosevelt Square
1026 NE 64th Street, Seattle, WA 98115
The fee of $35 in cash or check payable to SOAR (Additional donations always welcome!). Payments accepted at the door or by mail prior to class.* Mail payments to: SOAR Seattle, P.O., Box 333, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. Paypal is also accepted: http://soar-us.org/donate.html (choose “Seattle” from the scroll-down menu).
*Registration is required ahead of time to secure seating!
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org