• DervishMazza

    Homemade Mediterranean Cuisine to Nourish Your Soul

    -- Whirling keeps you centered --

  • Meet Mo

    Hand prepared with love, DervishMazza delivers authentic tastes of the Middle East/Mediterranean to your door.


    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, a pickup and delivery service offering the very best of Mo’s cuisine.

    Mo presents a Smörgåsbord of 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 - Yellow lentil soup with turmeric, cumin, lemon

    2 - MaMa ganoush: aubergin, tahini, charmoula , pomegranate, Aleppo pepper

    3 - Ful Madames: fava-beans, cumin, lemon, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

    4 - Pesto a fungo, porcini mushroom, walnut, parmesan cheese, Amontillado sherry

    5 - Artichoke hearts, preserved lemon, herbs, pistachio

    7 - Black eyed-pea, aromatic tomato

    8 - Feta cheese, mint, harissa

    9 - Fesenjoon: pomegranate and walnut marmalade with goat cheese

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

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

    12 - Tapenade: Kalamata olives, walnut, orange zest
    13- Tomato provençal, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, basil, anchovies
    14 - Pearl couscous, preserved lemon, raisins, za'atar

    15 - Falafel, tahini, pickles


    All mazza are served with za'atar pita chips



    Elwalima 3-course dinner for two

    Please order one day in advance


    1st course: Yellow lentil soup, turmeric, cumin, lemon

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

    3rd course: Lamb kofta, sour cherries, pine-nuts, caramelized vegetables,
    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

    Chermoula marinade, fresh herbs, spices, lemon, EVOL


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

    or complete the form at the bottom of this page.

    Pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan substitutions are welcome - just email Mo!

    Curbside pickup Tuesday-saturday in Old Highland neighborhood in Minneapolis


    Curbside pickup Tuesday-Saturday in Old Highland neighborhood in Minneapolis


    Please list the numbers (1–15) 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 for a very special evening of exceptional tastes, warm company, and basking in the good life.

    Your safety is our priority. All guests are requested to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative covid test.


    Gather around the welcoming dining table or cozy up by the fireplace. Socially distanced tables allow you to enjoy your meal and friends in a safe environment.


    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 of Arak 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

    Yellow Lentil soup with turmeric, cumin, lemon


    2nd course

    Whirling Dervish Mazza sampler

    (Selection of mazza served with Za’atar pita chips)


    3rd course

    Artichoke hearts salad, preserved lemon, herbs, pistachio

    Tabouli salad, Lebanese pomegranate


    4th course

    Three seeds Falafel, tahini, pickles


    5th course

    Lamb kofta, sour cherries, pine-nuts, cinnamon


    6th course

    Sgroppino, Venetian lemon dessert



    Mazza dinner is served with Aperitif and Wine

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

    $86 per guest (Tax and gratuity added upon booking)


    DervishMazza Dinner Dates

    (Jan 13th), (Jan 15th), (Jan27th), (Jan 28th), (jan 29th)

    (Feb 10th), (Feb 11th), (Feb 14th), (Feb 24th), ( Feb 25th), (Feb 26th)

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

    Event duration 6-8:30 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. 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.


  • Gallery

    Dream, then dine. All dishes are made from scratch with only the finest ingredients.


    Red peppers, walnut, pomegranate molasses and Aleppo chili


    Fava-beans, dill and crispy onions


    Chickpeas, Thai chili, sun dried tomatoes and tahini

    Marinated artichokes

    Artichokes hearts, preserved lemon, Tunisian harissa and mint

    Feta dip

    Feta cheese, mint and harissa

    Goat-cheese fesenjoon

    Goat-cheese "pomegranate and walnut"


    Falafel, tahini and pickles


    Date stuffed feta, za'atar and extra virgin olive oil

    Lima beans

    Lima beans, sumac, Aleppo pepper and extra virgin olive oil

    El Walima three course dinner for two

    Whirling Dervish Mazza sampler, yellow lentil soup, Mirepoix Stuffed Poussin (or similar) with couscous and caramelized parsnips.

    Mazza Trio

    Selection of 3 mazza (2 trios shown here) served with Zaa'tar pita chips.

    Special Easter Dinner

    3 course dinner with Dukkah crusted rack of lamb, see menu page for details.