Cooking is like a tale from the Thousand and One Nights... There will always be new stories, new recipes, and new mysteries" --Fatéma Hal, Les Saveurs et les gestes
Mo grew up in Cairo, raised by a grandfather who prepared ful, a stew of fava beans, each day for the workers at a textile factory. His first job was at a French bakery down the street from his childhood home. Mos' passion for cooking was nurtured by time spent in France and nearly two decades in New York City. A caterer and bartender, Mo prepares Middle Eastern/Mediterranean meals using a mixture of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients (including herbs from the garden), and his favorite pomegranate molasses and anise liquor from Lebanon, dried hibiscus flowers from Egypt, and French feta cheese.
A meal at Mo's begins with an aperitif drink of Arak and a Mezze selection of spreads and finger food served Moroccan style on a brass floor table with abundant cushions. In the winter, enjoy the warmth of the fireplace and the soft glow of candles. As you eat, you might notice an eclectic mixture of Middle Eastern and Latin music, including tunes from his travels in Cuba.
In addition to working as a bartender at a lovely Minneapolis restaurant, Mo is an Airbnb Superhost and loves entertaining in his beautiful home. He cooks a melange of Middle Eastern and French inspired meals and is always happy to cook vegetarian cuisine, as well. Having been a bartender for over two decades, Mo loves selecting wine pairings and cocktails for his guests. In his free time, he occasionally cooks for Eat for Equity, a Minneapolis-based charity.