Syrian-born restaurateurs Racha and Wassef Haroun live in Seattle now, good news for fans of their careful and exquisite Lebanese-Syrian restaurant, Mamnoon. But on the evening of Thursday, October 22, the focus will be on their homeland—now in its fifth year of devastating war.
All who dine at Mamnoon that night will support three charities in the trenches with its victims: Mercy Corps, Medecins Sans Frontieres, and Karam Foundation.
There will be live music, along with information on charities and donation options. Mostly, there will be food: In the dining room, a multi-course dinner prepared by Mamnoon’s new chef Jason Stratton (late of Cascina Spinasse and Artusi), with beverages, for $250 per person plus tax and tip. Every guest will take home a copy of Soup for Syria—Lebanese food expert and cookbook author (and early Mamnoon consultant) Barbara Massaad’s compilation of soup recipes from cooks including Mark Bittman and Alice Waters, sales of which benefit food relief efforts in Syria. Reservations are essential.
A more casual option at the community table and Mamnoon Street takeout up front will buy an all-you-can-eat soup and bread (and one beer or wine) dinner, for $35 per person plus tax and tip. This is first-come, first-served. Soups will be created by an all-star cast of Seattle chefs including Tom Douglas, Ethan Stowell, Renee Erickson, Brendon McGill, Tamara Murphy, Shota Nakajima, Charles Walpole, and that gastronomic game-changer, Modernist Cuisine.
Personally, I want in on that soup.