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Chef Nabavi Hosts Persian Dinner to Benefit Local Groups

September 23, 2018, 6:52 PM HST · Updated September 23, 6:57 PM
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Persian tea at Chef Nabavi’s Persian dinner to benefit local nonprofit groups. Courtesy photo.

Chef Paris Nabavi and his wife, Donna, invite you to a traditional Persian Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m., as they host an intimate group in their home to support The Nabavi Legacy Fund.

Each guest contributes a donation of $200 per person on the evening of the event, which will benefit The Nabavi Legacy Fund in full.  At the start of this year, the fund distributed $22,000 between six nonprofits involving kids, nutrition, cooking, gardening, books and performing arts.

Please register here to confirm your space; only the first 24 reservations will be accepted for guests ages 21 and older.  Guests are asked a bring a bottle of their favorite wine, or they can sample some of Chef Nabavi’s wines from his private collection.

Get a taste of what the unique Persian dinners are all about in Kiaora Bohlool’s dining video, Chef Nabavi’s Dinner to Remember.  Here is the menu for Sept. 29:

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Appetizers

BADEM JOON ROSETTE
Roasted Eggplant, Pomegranate Molasses, Walnuts, Garlic Chives

MAST-O-MOUSIR
Greek Yogurt, Sour Cream, Wild Shallot, Fresh Herbs, Persian Raisin, Apples, Walnuts, Saffron

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Persian Pickles, 9-Year-Old Vegetable Pickles, Spicy Mixed Olives, French Feta, Goat Cheese, Salted Walnut, Salted Almond, Fresh Herbs

Hummus with Warm Pita

Dolma

SALAD – SHIRAZI
Persian Cucumber, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Italian Parsley, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Juice

Entrée

JOOJEH KABOB
Saffron Chicken Kabob

KABOB KOO-BI-DEH
100% Ground Chuck Kabob on a stick (Shish Kabob)

Saffron Basmati Rice

Charred Roma Tomato

Dessert

Pistachio Gelato

Persian Tea with Raisin Cookies

Chef Nabavi is a recipient of the 2015 ‘Aipono Lifetime Achievement Award. After studying culinary arts in London, traveling the world, cooking and tasting many different cuisines, he arrived on Maui in 1989 to serve as Director of Food and Beverage for Kapalua Bay Hotel.

In 1995, he opened Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill in Honokowai Marketplace, which features Italian, Greek and Middle Eastern comfort food.  18 years later, the business is still thriving on the West side.

Nabavi Legacy Fund promotes collaborative effort recruiting restaurants into Maui’s healthy kids and local food movements, benefiting six nonprofit organizations including  American Heart Association’s Kids/Teens Cook with Heart, Maui Food Innovation Center, Imua Family Services, Grow Some Good, Book Trust and Maui Academy of Performing Arts.  Chef Nabavi also funds the purchase of organic seeds for 47 school gardens in Maui County.

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