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    Dervish Mazza

    Homemade Middle eastern/Mediterranean Cuisine to Nourish Your Soul

    – Whirling keeps you centered –

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    Meet Mo

    Hand prepared with love, DervishMazza is an authentic tastes of the Middle East/ Mediterranean......


    Born in Cairo, Mo grew up in a loving household where his mother’s cooking, and the surrounding Egyptian culture, etched his worldview. Every morning, his grandfather prepared fūl—a savory stew of fava beans—for the workers at a local textile factory. This nurturing morning ritual of savoring fūl awakened his palette and set his culinary course. His first job was at a French bakery down the street from his childhood home. Later on, Mo's passion for cooking was molded by years in France and nearly two decades at renowned kitchens in New York City. Upon settling in Minneapolis, he founded DervishMazza, an intimate hospitality concept that offers the very best of Mo’s cuisine and warm hospitality, dinner events, private catering and take-out.

    Mo presents a Smörgåsbord of Middel estern/Mediterranean specialties, many being vegetarian and vegan, from the finest locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. He has a weakness for Lebanese pomegranate molasses and anise liquor, dried hibiscus flowers from Egypt, and French feta cheese. A meal at Mo's typically begins with an Arak aperitif, whetting the appetite for an eclectic spread of Mazza* deftly paired with wine and cocktails. In his free time, he cooks for Minneapolis-based charity Eat for Equity as well as developing side projects, like Saha, a custom ginger elixir.



    *Definition: MAZZA
    An assortment of dishes served as appetizers, accompaniments to main dishes, or a complete meal in itself.
    An age old culinary tradition of Middle Eastern cuisine from Morocco to Persia.


    Mazza Menu

    Mazza trio: any three Mazza


    1- MaMa ganoush: Aubergine, tahini, charmoula , pomegranate, Aleppo pepper

    2- Ful Madames: fava-beans, cumin, lemon, EVOO

    3- Charred aubergine, Pomegranate chermoula, grenn-kiwi , mint

    4- Artichoke hearts, preserved lemon, herbs, pistachio

    5- Lima-bean, funnel, lemon

    6- Feta cheese, mint, harissa

    7- Fesenjoon: pomegranate and walnut marmalade, goat cheese

    8- Silk Road: chickpeas, Thai chili, sun-dried tomatoes, tahini

    9- Muhammara: red pepper, walnut, pomegranate, Aleppo chili, cardamom

    10- Tapenade: Kalamata olives, walnut, orange zest

    11- Tomato provençal, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, basil, anchovies

    12- Pearl couscous, preserved-lemon, raisins, za'atar

    13- Falafel, Lebanese tahini, artisan pickles


    All mazza are served with za'atar pita chips,all mazza are 6oz serving.



    Elwalima 3-course dinner for two

    Please order one day in advance


    1st Charred aubergine, Pomegranate chermoula, grenn-kiwi , mint

    2nd course:- Mazza sampler served with za'atar pita chips

    3rd course:- Lamb kofta, sour cherries, pine-nuts, oven roasted sweet-potato, dukkah

    couscous, preserved-lemon, raisins, za'atar

    Pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan options are available


    Sides and Condiments


    Fesenjoon: pomegranate and walnut marmalade

    Feta stuffed date and rolled in za'atar

    Crispy herbed pita chips

    House-mixed Aleppo Za'taar

    Aleppo pepper "moderate heat, fruity, oily, perfume of cumin

    House-mixed Herb de Provence

    Dukkah: toasted funnel, coriander, sesame seeds, cumin, crushed almonds

    Preserved lemon, poppy-seeds, Funnel-seeds, chiliy pepper


    Please text Mo with your order at 612-770-3441

    or complete the form at the bottom of this page.

    Curbside pickup Tuesday - Saturday


    Curbside pickup Tuesday - Saturday in Old Highland neighborhood in Minneapolis


    Please list the numbers (1–13) of each mazza you'd like along with any sides and condiments.

    If you have any dietary concerns, please be sure to let us know!


    Transport yourself to a one-of-a-kind Mediterranean-inspired feast. Join Mo at his welcoming home (winter) or magical patio (warm weather) for a very special evening of exceptional tastes, warm company, and basking in the good life.


    A caterer and bartender, Mo prepares Middle Eastern and Mediterranean meals using a mixture of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients (including herbs from the garden), and his favorite pomegranate molasses and anise liquor from Lebanon, dried hibiscus flowers from Egypt, and French feta cheese.


    A meal at Mo's begins with an aperitif drink and a Mezza selection of spreads and finger food. Tables for 2, 4 and 8-10 available.
    As you eat, you might notice an eclectic mixture of Middle Eastern and Latin music, including tunes from his travels in Cuba.


    Mo cooks a melange of Middle Eastern and French inspired meals and is always happy to cook vegetarian or vegan cuisine as well.
    Having been a bartender for over two decades, Mo loves selecting wine pairings and cocktails for his guests.



    Mazza dinner


    1st course

    Charred aubergine, Pomegranate chermoula, grenn-kiwi , mint 

    2st course

    Artichokes tartlet, Ratatouille, basil

    3rd course

    Whirling Dervish Mazza sampler

    Selection of mazza served with Za’atar pita chips

    4th course

    Three seeds Falafel, artisans pickles, Lebanese tahini

    5th course

    Lamb kofta, sour cherries, pine-nuts, parsley, oven roasted sweet-potato, dukkah

    6th course

    Sgroppino, Venetian lemon dessert



    Mazza dinner is served with Aperitif, Wine and Mocktails

    Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and pescatarian substitutions available on request.

    $115 per guest (Tax and gratuity added upon booking)


    DervishMazza dinner events Dates 

    July 19th, 28th

    August 14th "only 2 seats left" , 29th

    PS, If you don't see the dinner event date that suits your schedule, please email us and we'll do our best to accommodate your desired date.


    REQUEST YOUR MAZZA DINNER TODAY. Please list the number of guests and any other pertinent details.

    Event duration 6-9 pm


    Celebrate special events with your own personal chef - either at your home, office, or chosen event space, or gather friends or colleagues at Mo's welcoming Victorian home or patio. Whether a special birthday dinner for 10 or a corporate product launch for 100, Mo is available to take your event to the next level.
    He is happy to work with your on menu and budget.

    CALL OR EMAIL ABOUT YOUR PRIVATE EVENT TODAY. Please list number of guests.



    We're excited to announce the introduction of a retail line!


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    You can find our Mazza-retail line the following stores in MPLS & St Paul.

    Surdyk's cheese shop, East-side co-op, France 44 the cheese shop, Linden Hills co-op, Seward co-op, Franklin & friendship stores

    Kowalski's Uptown and Hennepin stores, Clancey's, Honey & Rye

    Golden Fg and Kowalski's on Grand in St Paul, The Grocer's Table in Wayzata

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