To honor and celebrate Cecilia Saleh's birthday, Sassool recently hosted a"Hummus Mix Off" and party on August 3, 2019. Cecilia is owner Mounir Saleh's mother who brought authentic recipes with her when she immigrated from Lebanon with her family to Raleigh in the 1970s. The name of the restaurant, Sassool, is the nickname that Cecilia was called by her father when she was a child.
Sassool Mediterranean Cafe's Cary location invited nine Triangle food bloggers and social influencers to participate in a “Hummus Mix Off.” The decision was tough and after much deliberation among local patrons, Stephanie Matos of Life Beyond Stuff was deemed the winner. Her recipe for Sahara "Dessert" Hummus will be featured during the month of September 2019, beginning today, at both Sassool Cary and Raleigh locations.
Food bloggers and influencers were given instructions to create a hummus using primarily chickpeas and lots of creativity! The grand prize? A chance to have the recipe featured during the month of September 2019 at both of Sassool’s Raleigh and Cary locations!
Nine Triangle food bloggers and social influencers were up for the “Hummus Mix Off” challenge. A listing of their names, platforms and hummus entries are below:
Stephanie Matos, Life Beyond Stuff, Sahara "Dessert" Hummus
Paten and Quinn Carlton of the Soul-Full Sisters, Sisters' Hummus
Kate Kelly of Life of a Ginger, Roasted Carrot & Sweet Potato Hummus
Cecilia Moreno of Food Diary of a City Girl, Poblano Pepper Hummus
Preethi Venkatram of Cooking with Pree, Masala Hummus
Sree Pattabiraman of That Vegetarian Couple, The Dark Knight: Hummus
Sriram Sridhar of That Vegetarian Couple, Thai Me Up - Sweetly and Spicily Hummus
Rebekah Webb of Beck Eats World, Roasted Beet Hummus
Anh-Tuan, Intern at Girl Eats World, Hummus Where The Pita Is
Tickets to taste all of the entries and vote for your favorite hummus were available for $5. The ticket proceeds benefited the Fill Your Bucket List Foundation, an organization who grants wishes of adults with cancer to make lasting memories with loved ones. The patrons voted, and Stephanie Matos of Life Beyond Stuff is the lucky participant who will be featured during the month of September 2019. Mounir states, "Everyone did such a great job and I'm so thankful for the bloggers' participation in this challenge. Each blogger was so creative and all of the hummus entries were delicious."
Sassool Mediterranean Cafe is family-owned and offers homemade fresh Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine in a fast-casual setting with locations in Raleigh and Cary. The Sassool brand was launched on Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014 to honor the owner Mounir Saleh’s mother, Cecilia, for the authentic recipes that she brought with her when she immigrated from Lebanon with her family to Raleigh in the 1970s. The name of the restaurant, Sassool, is the nickname that Cecilia was called by her father when she was a child.
Sassool is located at 1347 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27511 and 9650 Strickland Road, Raleigh, NC 27615. A third location recently opened at the Morgan Street Food Hall and Market in downtown Raleigh.
For more information, contact Kristen Baughman at (704) 651-9019 mobile firstname.lastname@example.org. To download photographs of Stephanie Matos and the winning hummus, please visit Google Drive.