Editor’s Note: The first El Morocco Tribute Dinner on May 20th has been sold out. A second date has been announced: Thursday, May 19th!
In a year that saw both the El Morocco building demolished and the Park Avenue Lebanese eatery Shiraz close, it is only fitting that Niche Hospitality’s Test Kitchen pay homage to the ethnic flavors that once represented the city of Worcester.
On May 20th, the Test Kitchen will present a five course event that will be reminiscent of the El Morocco. Executive Chef De Cuisine, Neil Rogers, will be serving traditional favorites including three different types of hummus, grape leaves, baba ghanouj, kafta, fatayer, haloumi, kibbeh naya, lamb shoulder, and more. “With all of the growth the region has seen with relation to restaurants, it’s nice to preserve a sense of the past, the history of the city; where the city started and what is has become,” says Rogers. And while Rogers wasn’t able to borrow “secret recipes” he spent time doing research at the Worcester Historical Museum and listening to personal “stories from old patrons, told with a twinkle of nostalgia in their eye.”
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through Niche Hospitality Group.