MIDDLE EASTERN THURSDAYS
Join Nina June throughout this spring on a romantic tour of the Middle East, traveling to Aleppo, Alexandria, and Baghdad--without ever leaving our comfortable berth overlooking Rockport harbor. We'll turn our menu over to each of these cuisines while keeping our a la carte format, so you can truly feast or just drop in for a small plate at the bar.
Thursday, April 12
Perhaps you’ve heard of Aleppo? The most beautiful ancient town in Syria bombed into rubble over seven years of unrelenting civil war. But before that and for many years, Aleppo was where knowledgeable travelers went to find some of the finest food in the Levant. Standing at the start of the ancient spice and silk road to China, Aleppo was home to wealthy merchants and their legendary tables.
You can’t go to Aleppo anymore but join us at Nina June to experience the stunning flavors of Aleppo’s cuisine. We’ll be serving classic Levantine fare, grilled and braised meats with yogurt sauces, traditional grain dishes, a beautiful array of stuffed and simmered vegetables, flat breads with sparkling dips and olive oil—all spiced with the legendary Aleppo pepper, a red chili that is warm and fragrant but never searingly hot.
Thursday, April 26
Perched on the southern edge of the Mediterranean, romantic Alexandria, named for Alexander the Great and home to the most important library in the ancient world, is where the NileAfrica into the Mediterranean. Generations of readers have delighted in the intrigues of Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, a tale set in the exotic but seedy city of the 1930s, but few know the city today. Egypt is a poor country with a rich history. Join us at Nina June as we explore the ancient and modern delights of Egyptian cuisine, from substantial bean and bread dishes of the peasantry to rich meat stews with greens, baked and grilled fish, and wonderfully savory street foods, many of which go back traditionally to the times of the ancient Pharaohs..
Thursday, May 3
If Mediterranean cuisine begins in the Middle East, Middle Eastern cuisine truly begins in Baghdad, home to the earliest cookbooks that we know of (like 3000 BCE perhaps?), books and recipes that are still surprisingly relevant today.
It’s true: everything we know originates in Baghdad, another of the Middle Eastern world’s threatened cities.
Tonight we’ll be joined by Nawal Nasrallah, a legendary Iraqi-born cook and food writer (see her Delights from the Garden of Eden), who will help us \to explore this richly historic cuisine with recipes dating back to the middle ages as well as their modern updates.