Alexandra Maillis-Lynch has always got something cooking – and it’s not just food to fill the belly, it’s food from the world that’s phenomenal and delicious. Her themes feature traditional décor, to the music and libations that make for an intoxicating atmosphere at her events – whether it’s her monthly supper club known as “A Place At Our Table” featuring a different theme each month; or her sexy Under the Caribbean Moon soirees, the next edition which takes place on July 6.
But leading up to that event, her most recent, the fifth “A Place At Our Table” featured “Arabian Night: Middle Eastern and the Exoticness of Asia Minor: A traditional dining experience…on the floor” that featured the foods of Persia, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt and Turkey.
The offerings were so expansive that people were literally laid out seeking relief before the evening had even ended from the amazing spread that just kept coming out of the kitchen and seemed to be never-ending.
During the cocktail hour, guests munched on street food that included Moroccan goat cheese briouats (a sweet or savory puff pastry), lamb tongue brochettes with artichoke aioli, zucchini fritters with fresh herbs and feta with yogurt-garlic sauce and assorted Lebanese sambousek (meat pie).
And that did not even factor in the “hospitality” spread on the table that you were able to just randomly munch from with all the Middle Eastern favorites – dried apricots, Greek yogurt, almonds, honey and honey comb, fresh figs, muhammara (hot pepper dip), cactus pears, yogurt cheese balls, olives, dates, grapes, mint-pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, flatbread, pomegranate and harissa (spice and aromatic chili paste).
Mezze platters were overrun with hummus; tabbouleh; baba ganoush; a Moroccan orange, olive and onion salad; stewed green beans, Egyptian-style; Tunisian salade nicoise; Lebanese fried kibbeh with onion and pine nuts; and a Lebanese eggplant with tomatoes and chickpeas.
The family-style service meal showcased Moroccan lamb and seven vegetable tagine with couscous; whole roast stuffed lamb, Persian-style; Saudi-Arabian assorted stuffed vegetables; Persian chicken kebabs; Persian saffron rice with tahdig (crispy bottom); Turkish lamb shanks with egg and lemon sauce; Lebanese fried fish; Moroccan chicken b’stilla (pie wrapped in paper-thin pastry leaves); and Persian quail stew with apricots, walnuts and pomegranate.
And after all of that, there was still a dessert spread – pistachio and almond baklava, qottab (walnut-filled Persian pastry), knafeh (a Middle Eastern sweet made from shredded filo pastry), rose milk pudding and fresh watermelon.
For the most recent supper club, Maillis-Lynch took guests inside Antonius Roberts’ Hillside House and Art Gallery, rather than outside, for two reasons – the temperature was sweltering outdoors, and diners in true Middle Eastern fashion were required to remove their footwear, and take to the floor for the communal experience.
The exotic Middle Eastern fair was the fifth featured in the 12-month supper club series which was led off by Vietnamese cuisine in January; followed by Portuguese cuisine; around the world…vegan, featuring cuisine from Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean and the Americas in the third installment; and not-your-usual-Mexican: Mexican regional cuisine.
Those who have pulled up a seat at this limited supper club series know that you have to snag a ticket as soon as they’re announced, because the tickets go that quickly by people that have experienced them and want to enjoy it month after month. And fans of Maillis-Lynch purchase tickets because they know that she can throw down. If you haven’t pulled up a seat to any of her supper clubs as yet, you won’t be able to do so again until October as Maillis-Lynch has put the dinner event on summer hiatus until October when the weather is more temperate for outdoor dining.
But for those people who simply can’t get enough of Maillis-Lynch’s offerings, under her Events by Alexandra banner, she will host Under The Caribbean Moon’s Taste of Soul event featuring local ingredients with international flavors with featured food stations: From the Bourbon Trail to the Rum Trail; The Creole Queen; Old Pots & Iron Spoons; and From the Old South to the New World – at Burnt Ground, Adelaide Beach, featuring food, entertainment with jazz and soul center stage during the cocktail hour as well as a deejay for dancing and drinks.
Featured foods at the From the Bourbon Trail to the Rum Trail station will include barbecue and jerk, Bourbon-BBQ rib sliders, grilled garlic Hennessy wings with sweet jerk-rum sauce, fully loaded baby potatoes, spicy maple glazed bacon, jerk-spiced grilled corn with coconut confetti and creamy coleslaw.
The Creole Queen (inspired by the late Chef Leah Chase of New Orleans) will be the focus of station two, which will feature a Grits-a-tini bar with baked spicy, creamy, cheesy grits with assorted toppings; and chicken gumbo, red beans and shrimp creole.
Soul food favorites will be the order of the day at station three, which will be known as Old Pots & Iron Spoons – with roasted peanuts; watermelon with lime, chile and salt; split pea soup and ham; pimento cheese and tomato grilled cheese sandwiches; and cold broccoli salad.
Old world favorites showcasing deep-fried everything take center stage at the fourth station – From the Old South to the New World, with deep-fried macaroni and cheese, spicy buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, fried fish fingers, stuffed crab hand pies and fried green tomatoes. Dipping sauces will include chipotle remoulade, homemade ranch, Old South tartar sauce and a mango red hot pepper sauce.
Bama’ mud pie mousse, apple pie meets banana cake meets pineapple upside cake; mango cobbler…or whatever fruit I find; red velvet brownies; Leah Chase’s famous butter cake and lemon chess pie will be offered at the dessert bar.
Under the Caribbean Moon’s Taste of Soul takes place from 8 p.m. until; tickets are $125 for advance purchase, $150 at the door, with two drinks included. For reservations/directions call or Whatsapp Alexandra at 557-3557.
Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.