FYI: Happy Persian New Year


Like us, you probably did not realize we’re entering Persian New Years season.

The holiday — also known as Norouz — begins on March 20th and lasts a whopping 13 days!


Like all things celebratory, Norouz is all about food (as seen above), including kookoo sabzi — an herbs and vegetable souffle and the very Zone-unfriendly reshteh Polo: rice cooked with noodles.

It all sounds very exotic — so much so that Iranian chef Hoss Zare of San Francisco’s Flytrap restaurant is hosting a big fat Iranian New Years feast at the oh-so-haute James Beard House in NYC.

The five-course/one-night-only Norouz blowout is happening this Wednesday March 18 — where Zare will wow diners with inventive-yet-traditional dishes such as smoked trout with cucumber “linguine” paired with crisp Greek white wines.


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