Delightful Dinner at DANI’s-Toronto
Four Course, Five Star Moroccan Dinner
By Liz Pearl @ PK Press
“Our Gourmet dinner was prepared in the Dani Delights kitchen, by a chef trained in traditional Moroccan cuisine (vegetarian or dairy, COR Cholov Yisroel). All profits are directed toward programs for adults with disabilities.” – DANI-Toronto
An intimate gathering of the DANI community, including: friends, family, volunteers, donors and staff‒joined together in good company, delicious food, warm ambiance, and for a meaningful cause. Thank you to everyone for making this lovely evening possible. Kudos to the skilled gourmet chefs Anat and Orly, and the dedicated event coordinators.
The memorable evening was delightful from start to finish with great attention given to detail. Drinks served by Ash. Friendly welcome by Kathy (dressed in shiny white Moroccan Kaftan) and Susie.
Our candlelight dinner was impeccably prepared and beautifully served; a delicious Moroccan feast including authentic (Mizrachi) music by Eric The DJ King, multi-textured décor, and unique Sephardic flavours and aromas. The DANI café was transformed into a dim-lit dining room decorated with exquisite burgundy embroidered linen‒silks and satins, adorned tableware and enhanced golden draped window coverings. A colourful collection of Moroccan serving-ware including silver tea set and bright platters was displayed. The Hamsa (ancient protective amulet) added to the unique cultural design.
Four Course, Five Star menu included:
- Frenha, Metbucha, Barba, Jaaluk, Khijo (salads),
- Moroccan cigars with tahini,
- Harira (vegetable soup),
- Fish with couscous and chickpeas or a vegetarian Sheperd’s pie,
- Save the best for last: Mufletta, sweet date roll cookie, and tahini cookie served with tea.
Moroccan delicacies are rich in spices and fresh herbs: lots of coriander, cumin, turmeric, paprika, salt and pepper with hints of cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. The recipes include lots of colourful vegetables such as beets, carrots, tomatoes, peppers and olives. An interesting mix of flavours to be savored!
The magical mixture of Moroccan savory spices is known as Ras el Hanout (originating in North Africa).
My appetite was satiated and my interest in Morocco has been ignited. Certainly the sights, sounds, smells and tastes are enticing…
Stay-tuned for gourmet Indian and Mexican Dinners at DANI’s coming in 2019.
For more information about the Culinary Delights‒From around the World or other fundraising opportunities at DANI’s please visit DANI-Toronto.