My love affair with herbs and spices began at age 15, when I worked for a neighborhood spice factory in Lebanon during summer vacation. I learned to appreciate the relationship between the elements and their unique power over the senses.
Our Mediterranean fare goes back several thousand years of gastronomical evolution - the spices, ingredients and cooking techniques we use can be traced back to Phoenician, Greek, Arab, Roman and Ottoman traditions.
I believe that we are transformed by the life force of the food we eat, that it is an essential component of who we become. I have never compromised the quality and time necessary to translate that understanding into my work.
Since 1999 Open Sesame has offered cuisine created from scratch with heart and passion... to nourish and revive memories of the flavors and traditions that I cherish.
- Ali Kobeissi