Last fall, Mamnoon hosted a successful fundraising dinner called Soup for Syria. But the need for raising both awareness and funds for the Syrian refugee crisis is still great. Enter Syrian-born restaurateurs Racha and Wassef Haroun, owners of Mamnoon, Mamnoon Street, Anar, and the forthcoming mBar.
“The time is right for us to rally the people of Seattle one more time,” says Wassef Haroun. “This time we’re being more ambitious.” Indeed, the Harouns have planned Tarab for Syria, a two-day series of meals and live music performances across their four Seattle restaurants. Proceeds from the events will all go to the International Rescue Committee for Syrian Refugees, also known as the IRC, which focuses on providing education and opportunity among other crucial needs.
“We have to power to connect people not just through the act of charity but literally through the food,” says Haroun. To connect through delicious food, lively music, and charity, see yourself to one or more of the Harouns' four restaurants on August 4 and 5.
Mamnoon Street and Anar
On Thursday, August 4, these two sibling spots in the Amazon Doppler building will have an all-you-can eat menu for $35. From 4 to 9, you can partake in the rainbow of fresh juice offerings at Anar as well as an array of vegetarian mezze plates, pastries, and more. Meanwhile Mamnoon Street will have the fast casual Middle Eastern fare. Live tunes provided by Black Giraffe and DJ Spank outside in the Amazon courtyard.
The Haroun’s longstanding Lebanese-Syrian restaurant on Capitol Hill will be more of a sit-down affair. Get reservations for a multicourse, wine-paired dinner from chef de cuisine Guerwitz during which the ensemble House of Tarab will be playing live vintage Arabic music. Dinner is $250 per person and goes from 5 to 9 on Thursday, August 4.
The yet-to-be-opened rooftop restaurant in the 400 Fairview building will be hosting a dinner from Top Chef alumnus and Mamnoon general manager/executive chef Jason Stratton. Friday, August 5 from 5 to 9, the wine dinner will be accompanied by Syrian artist Samer Saem Eldahr of Hello Psychaleppo, whose music uniquely melds Diplo-esque electronic beats with traditional Arabic sounds. There will also be an mBar afterparty from 9 to midnight with drinks, bites, and music from KEXP’s DJ Riz. The small catch: The preview dinner and afterparty are both invite only, so your best bet is to call Mamnoon for more information.