Next week, St. Louis diners can experience a one-of-kind Middle Eastern feast.
On Mon., Aug. 19 chef-owner Loryn Nalic of Balkan Treat Box will host chef Amanda Elliott of the upcoming Beet Box in Columbia, Missouri, for a one-night-only pop-up dinner. The dinner will fuse together the cuisines of the acclaimed Webster Groves, Missouri, restaurant, which specializes in Turkish and Bosnian fare including pide, somun and cevapi, with Beet Box's Middle Eastern-inspired shawarma, lamb kebabs, falafel and more.
"We connected mostly by social media and by me pestering and being relentless asking of when we could do a dinner together," Elliott (who's also a Feast columnist) says with a laugh. "I just think we have kindred spirits and love the same type of foods, so it seemed like a no-brainer to put together an amazing feast."
Chefs Ben Hamrah and Amanda Elliott will serve seasonally inspired Middle Eastern fare.
Rather than set courses, the event will feature mezze and a rolling dinner service highlighting Balkan Treat Box's wood-fired Turkish and Bosnian fare and Beet Box's Middle Eastern-inspired dishes as well as some new offerings. Food will be paired with craft cocktails, local beer and wine.
"[There's a] growing trend of inviting chefs to come to their kitchen for one-night-only meals, and I just love that idea [for] the ability to work with and vibe with new culinary souls," Elliott says. "Hopefully this communal trend will happen more often.
Tickets for the dinner are $100, inclusive of all food and beverage, available for purchase here.
Balkan Treat Box, 8103 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, Missouri, 314.733.5700, balkantreatbox.com