It was in celebration of her daughter’s high school graduation, and she had only 2 weeks to prepare.
|Sasha (the graduate), Sasha's boyfriend, and Rosanne (the mom)|
I offered several suggestions that would have required her to place an order on-line or over the phone. When I didn’t hear back weeks later, I emailed to ask what she ended up doing.
This was her response: “My daughter, Sasha, the graduate, and I ended up going to Montreal to a large Middle Eastern grocery store to purchase our food. We were very pleased with the sarma, the olive bar, the fresh cheese in brine (not vacuum - packed), the various breads and some lovely fresh phyllo dough with which I made cheese boureg and some bourma.
"I wasn’t crazy about the basturma so my husband picked up some fresh at Samir’s in Syracuse, a tiny place, on his way home from a trip in Pennsylvania. I also wasn’t crazy about the pastry (it was all pistachio paklava and we are used to walnut) so I ordered it from a company near Chicago, on a friend’s recommendation.
"The biggest challenge was keeping my family out of the goodies before the party. It was lovely and we all had a wonderful time.”
Montreal? Syracuse? Chicago? That’s what I call shopping with determination!
What I didn’t know was that the party had a Luau theme: grass skirts, leys, a pig roast.
Are any Hawaiians reading this? Armenian food will make ANY type of gathering a sensation!
Congratulations to Sasha; best wishes at Syracuse University!