Presented by Chef Louisa Shafia

Join us for a traditional Persian tea time to celebrate Shahpour Pouyan: Winter in Paradise. Learn about the history and customs of tea drinking in Iran, one of the world’s most passionate tea-consuming cultures, with Chef Louisa Shafia, author of the cookbook The New Persian Kitchen and renowned authority on Persian food.



  • Sabzi khordan, fresh herb and feta cheese plate with handmade Persian barbari flatbread, cucumbers, tomatoes, walnuts, herbs, olives, and radishes
  • Salad olivieh, Persian chicken salad with potatoes, peas, carrots, and pickles


  • Faludeh Shirazi, watermelon sorbet with sour cherry syrup
  • Dried lime pound cake with saffron glaze and whipped cream 
  • Nan-e nokhodchi, chickpea flour cookie with cardamom

Tea Service featuring Louisa’s hand-blended Persian teas with dried flowers and spices as well as cardamom coffee

About Louisa Shafia 

Louisa Shafia is the author of The New Persian Kitchen, winner of Food52’s Piglet award. She has spoken about Persian food at Harvard, Google, and New York’s Museum of Food and Drink. Her writing and recipes have been featured in BBC TravelThe New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New YorkerFood & Wine, and on National Public Radio. Louisa cooks Persian guest chef dinners at restaurants around the country, including Maydan in Washington, DC, Zahav in Philadelphia, and Kismet in LA. Currently a resident of Nashville, she serves as Culinary Liaison for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, both cooking for and organizing events that feature chefs from Nashville’s diverse immigrant community.  

Louisa Shafia

Louisa sells handmade Persian culinary goods at her online store, Feast By Louisa. Her Persian spiced chocolate bars were praised in the Wall Street Journal as being “loaded with luxurious saffron, cardamom, edible gold leaf and other glimmers of Louisa Shafia’s Persian heritage.” Both her pomegranate aprons and fabric rice bonnets––damkoni in Farsi––for cooking Iranian rice, are sewn by graduates of the Nashville nonprofit Sew For Hope, whose mission is to provide refugee women with sewing skills as a path to financial independence.

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