A taste of Morocco

16 de junho de 2016

São Paulo – Trying Moroccan dishes while learning about the Arab country, its people’s relationship with gastronomy, and how the food on the menu was cooked. Such is the idea behind Marrocos no Prato (Morocco on a Plate), with three tasting sessions beginning at 12pm on June 30 at São Paulo’s Sesc Bom Retiro, the branch of the Social Service of Commerce in the Bom Retiro district.

The event is part of a bigger Sesc Bom Retiro project called Cultura no Prato (Culture on a Plate), ongoing for four years, and designed to disseminate the culture and food of different countries. According to the unit’s food department coordinator Cleizer Moraes, so far this year, India, Argentina, Greece, Mexico and Peru have been featured.

A different chef is invited to cook lunch in the style of each of the featured countries. The meals usually comprise an entrée, a main course, dessert and juice. Those who register to attend get to eat while they learn about the country the food is from. A video projector shows pictures of the country, and the chef himself expounds on the cuisine, the local customs, people’s relationship with food and its cultural value.

The meal starts with a beverage. While the dishes get served, the chef gives explanations and cooking tips, describes some of the ingredients, interesting facts or secrets, and answers questions from the patrons. The activity ends with dessert. The meal lasts an hour and the event takes place once a month, usually on the last Thursday, according to Moraes.

The Moroccan meal’s entrée will be the Bissra, a soup made of peas, fava bean and olive oil with spices. The main course will be a lamb-and-apricot tagine, a typical stew, served with Moroccan couscous. For dessert, there will be Moroccan orange cake. Chef duties will be handled by Luís Fernando Perin, who has vast experience in Brazilian and international cuisines.

According to Sesc Bom Retiro’s food department coordinator, all seats for Marrocos no Prato are taken, and that tickets for Cultura no Prato activities run out fast. The public often consists of Sesc-goers, nearby residents and gastronomy students. “It’s a chance to get to know the culture and cuisine of other countries,” she argues.

The July session will feature the Cajun food of Louisiana, in the South of the United States. Lebanese food will be on the menu in August, and Russian food will be served in September. Usually, 30 seats are made available in each session.

Quick facts
Marrocos no Prato
June 30, 2016
12pm, 1:15pm and 2:30pm
Sesc Bom Retiro
Alameda Nothmann, 185 - Bom Retiro - São Paulo
Tickets: BRL 15 (Sesc members), BRL 25 (half-price), BRL50 (full price)
Find out more: (in Portuguese)

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum