If so, here’s your opportunity. Local social entrepreneur John Sorial is looking for about 50 people to help refine some menus for a specialty food line of Middle Eastern entrees. You show up and eat a free meal in exchange for providing some honest feedback.
I asked John what restaurants he’d say served similar cuisine, hoping to provide you some guidance about whether it’s something you’d like. “I don’t know of any high profile restaurants that feature authentic Egyptian cuisine. ” He says that in a pinch you could think of it as somewhat of a mash-up of Lebanese Taverna, Zaytina and Cava Mezza.
All you really need is an interest in the cuisine of that region. Familiarity is almost a downside for their purposes. “Many Egyptians have biases for how it should taste according to what they grew up eating… we are looking for “virgin palettes” if you will,” Sorial says.
If you’re game for a little taste-testing and socializing send an email to John at johnsorial at yahoo dot com. The event will be Thursday at 7:30pm on the 17th of December and will kick off with an explanation of the venture, followed quickly by the tasting and talking. It’s out in Fairfax at St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church, so it’ll be a bit of a drive from the city, but did I mention free?