Sameer Sarmast dares to offer something many halal eaters only dream of: a day dedicated to halal food, entertainment, cooking demos and an Iron Chef-style contest. Sarmast mixed all these ingredients together to launch the first halal food festival in the United States, under the banner of his online show, Sameer’s Eats.
The Halal Food Tour kicked off at the University of California, Irvine on April 13th to a warm reception. With the New York / New Jersey event taking place on July 7th in Teaneck, NJ, Chicago, D.C. and Houston are also on the itinerary in the near future. Featured guests at the Los Angeles stop included emerging singer/songwriter Mo Sabri, writer and comedian Aman Ali, veteran culinary expert Chef Abdul Eldeib and culinary educator and publisher of the popular food blog My Halal Kitchen, Yvonne Maffei.
Aslan Media’s team sat down with Maffei and the Sameer’s Eats team a day before the Los Angeles event to talk about the idea behind the Halal Food Tour- and how Sarmast developed a passion for food thanks to his mother’s “addiction” to cooking.