It was a crowded, festive, warm and wonderful night last Monday when a crew of amazing cooks, servers, and guests descended on Mei Mei for Pop Up Do Good! As we mentioned in this blog post last week, this event was a benefit for Syrian refugees organized by the tireless Mary Kastman of Sarma restaurant.
Here she is, giving a prep-meal talk to the lovely crew of servers who volunteered to help out at the event.
Tables were outfitted with some lovely bouquets from our mom Elaine (aka mama Mei Mei) and you can see some tasty pink pickles from our buddies at Commonwealth Restaurant. I ate about a gallon of these the next day....
Commonwealth was just one of the many generous donors who helped support the event, including Savenor's Market, AP Wines, Jack's Abby, Reserve, Oleana, Sarma, Sevan Bakery, Sofra, Townsman and so many people who lent their time and hands.
The food, inspired by Syrian cuisine, was plentiful, colorful and fantastic. Above you can see just a fraction of the vibrant dishes, including a cucumber caçik, hummus with crunchy fried chickpeas, muhammara with red peppers and house baked bread.
Irene and Mary came around with spectacular Lamb Kofte Shish! I was definitely too busy eating to take any more photos, but thankfully Lindsay Barcebal from Oleana snapped some great pictures...I'm hungry just looking at them.
You can see the crowd listening to Mary's speech about the event and thanking all the sponsors.
The night ended a parade of delicious snacks from the pastry teams at Townsman and Sofra, including Turkish delight truffles, buttery flaky baklava, a milk pudding and more, plus candy snacks to go!
It was an amazing night and we raised almost $3000 for the American Refugee Committee! Thank you to everyone who supported in any way and we can't wait to do it again!