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Celebrate Valentines Day with Mango Nights!
Hoda's Middle Eastern Restaurant
Portland, OR
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Celebrate Valentines Day with Mango Nights!
Live music by Mango Nights - Latin, Tango, Jazz and Middle Eastern music.  Special guests Jason and Kristah Ramirez on percussion and belly dancing by Belinda Underwood. Dinner provided by Hoda's Middle Eastern food. Video of last years event can be seen at www.mangonights.com

Date: Friday, February 14th

Time: 9pm to 12:30am

Location: Hoda's Middle Eastern Restaurant 3401 SE Belmont, Portland Oregon.

Cost: 7 course meal, gratuity and show $98
     5 course meal, gratuity and show $69
     Vegetarian meal $69.
By reservation only, buy tickets here.  

See Hoda's special menu below:

Hoda's will be serving Mezza style for the Mango Nights event.  Mezza is the word for the many different appetizers that are served in the Middle East for social gatherings.

7 course Mezza will include:
Cheese wraps
Stuffed grape leaves
Humos
Tabouleh salad
Spinach pies/ Sambousek (meat pies)
Chicken breast kabob or beef kabobs
Fresh bread
(Drinks and dessert extra)

5 course Mezza will include:

Vegetarian Mezza will include:

Hoda uses the finest organic ingredients from local farms such as their 100% natural grass fed beef grown in Oregon.  Enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir from Coleman Winery, a family owned winery located in McMinville Oregon.  For dessert try the Nights of Lebanon, house white cream with fresh Kiwi, strawberry and blueberries plus almonds and walnuts topped with orange blossom water.Hoda Khouri's penchant for creating delicious Lebanese comfort food began at an early age. Hoda spent her hours in the kitchen at home, honing her own favorite recipes of the food she grew up eating with her family: Humos bi-tahini, baba ghanouje, shawarma, maanek.

So it was with these recipes for classic Lebanese comfort food that Hoda and her husband Hani opened their own place in March of 1999. With beliefs in the highest quality ingredients, meals made fresh daily from scratch and an atmosphere that is both comfortable and jovial, Hoda and Hani have dedicated their lives to their corner of 34th and Belmont Street.

It's no wonder that their restaurant bustles: everything from Hoda and Hani's warm welcome at the door to the piping pita fresh from the oven to the delicious and festive family-style platters encourages you to feel at home and enjoy eating with others. Their spices and their portions are authentic and generous, their eggplants are hand-roasted, their tender lamb hails from New Zealand and their menu uses only the purest olive and vegetable oils.

Hoda's 100% grass-fed beef comes from local Lonely Lane Farm. Learn more at www.Hodas.com. Feel free to call Hoda personally for more information at 503-307-0333.

Hi, my name is Sue Lewis, violinist and bandleader of the Portland band Mango Nights.  I've been a fan of Hoda's Middle Eastern Cuisine for quite some time.  After Hoda and her husband Hani learned that my band performs Middle Eastern music and dance as part of our show, we came up with the idea of combining our talents with food, music and dance for this special event at Hoda's restaurant. Last years event was so popular we decided to make an annual event of it!

Now meet the amazing musicians of Mango Nights.  See video of last years performance at MangoNights.com.

Belinda Underwood is featured performing upright bass, sultry jazz vocals and belly dance. The last several years, Belinda has been making trips to Egypt to study with Dr. Alfred Gamil, a head professor at the Arab Music Institute in Cairo. The richness of Middle Eastern music has added new textures and colors to her songwriting as well as broadened the musical circles in which she performs. Between tours, Belinda plays and sings around Portland with exquisite jazz musicians as well as the Mid Eastern and/or Gypsy influenced bands Negara, Underscore Orkestra, Ritim Egzotik, Arabesque and Ala Nar. Belinda has studied Middle Eastern dance and music in Cairo Egypt and Turkey. For more about Belinda, visit BelindaUnderwood.com  

Violinist Sue Lewis exemplifies the perfect harmony of gorgeous tone and passion for which her music is so famous. Sue also plays viola, cello and upright bass and has performed extensively throughout the NW, including classical music with the Vancouver Symphony, and with folk/rock, Celtic, and Gypsy jazz musicians. Her solo projects can be heard at SueLewisMusic.com -About Sue Lewis page.  

Pianist Tino Ferraro was born and raised in a small town in the mountains of British Columbia, where he started playing in country rock dance bands at the age of 15. He studied music at Dickinson State College, earning several piano scholarships while getting a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. He continued playing in various bands, and went on to teach band in public schools, and taught piano in his private studio. He also studied with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, and interned and worked as a piano technician. Tino Ferraro has extensive experience in several genres from pop to classical to Latin and more.  

Joining us on percussion is Caton Lyles, Percussionist, Studio Musician, Actor (SAG)Portland, Oregon USA. Catón Lyles is an accomplished Pacific Northwest artist who is a night club and concert favorite.  As an instructor for many years, Catón's performance experience as a musician and actor has engaged and enriched the community.  As an actor and musician, Catón as been featured on national and international television, in commercials, documentaries, and episodic programming. He continues to perform in local theater productions as well. Catón is currently performing in many bands including the Salsa band Afincando, the Medler Septet and the Tango and World music group Mango Nights.

Judith Abrahm, woodwinds, harmonica, vocals. Judith is one of the best female bluegrass harmonica players in the US.
Background: Studio musician, band member and duet partner for numerous bands and musicians of note in many genres including Robin Flower and Friends and Mimi Fox.
Judith was a significant presence in the SF Bay Area folk music revivalof the late 1970s. Influences: Doo-wop, Folk, Bluegrass, 60s folk-pop, Surfer Music, Klezmer, Celtic, Medieval, Flamenco, traditional Irish and Scottish balads, Blues, Gospel, Old Timey.

Hoda and Mango Nights hope to see you on Valentines Day!

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Hoda's Middle Eastern Restaurant (View)
3401 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97214
United States


Categories

Arts > Dance
Food > Beer, Wine, and Spirits
Music > Ambient
Music > Global
Music > Jazz
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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