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Host: Reem

Melbourne, Australia

USD
$45-$90 per person

Authentic Lebanese cuisine in Melbourne CBD

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Reem

Reem is a self-taught cook who grew up in Lebanon and moved to Australia in 2017. She had the pleasure of eating and learning to cook delicious food with her grandmother while growing up and that is what made her fall in love with food. Reem has taken cooking workshops to learn new cooking techniques and international cuisines.

When asked why she wanted to host, she said "I love meeting people from around the world and am excited to introduce them to Lebanese food and culture.”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Reem will welcome you to her apartment in Melbourne CBD with a warm smile. As you sip on a refreshing drink, you will hear about Lebanese cuisine and culture. A Lebanese meal comprises a feast of a variety of food and fun conversation around the dining table. Join Reem and her husband (when he is home) at the table for an authentic Lebanese meal. Your menu might include dishes such as a mezze platter and kafta (meatballs) served with cinnamon rice and a special Lebanese bread. Your meal concludes with a Lebanese almond-semolina cake called sfouf.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) During your 1.5 hour hands-on Lebanese cooking class, Reem will teach you how to make three dishes. You will first learn to make man'oushe, a zaatar flatbread. Then learn to cook Reem's special chili and coriander potatoes before preparing fattoush (a traditional fried or toasted bread and seasonal vegetable salad) or tabouli (herb and bulgur salad). After cooking, enjoy the Lebanese meal you helped prepare with Reem at her dining table. Reem is convinced that by the end of your cooking class you will be able to throw your own Lebanese mezze party!

Notes: Vegetarian and vegan options can be offered on request.

Languages spoken: English, French, Arabic

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Mezze platter: Fattoush or tabouli salad, chili and coriander potatoes or stuffed wine leaves, zaatar flatbread or spinach pastry and hummus
  • Main: Kafta (meatballs) with cinnamon rice and a special Lebanese bread
  • Dessert: Sfouf cake (a Lebanese almond-semolina cake)
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Reem

$45-$90 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$75 $60 $45
Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $75 $60
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$75 $60 $45
Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $75 $60
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Reem

Reem is a self-taught cook who grew up in Lebanon and moved to Australia in 2017. She had the pleasure of eating and learning to cook delicious food with her grandmother while growing up and that is what made her fall in love with food. Reem has taken cooking workshops to learn new cooking techniques and international cuisines.

When asked why she wanted to host, she said "I love meeting people from around the world and am excited to introduce them to Lebanese food and culture.”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Reem will welcome you to her apartment in Melbourne CBD with a warm smile. As you sip on a refreshing drink, you will hear about Lebanese cuisine and culture. A Lebanese meal comprises a feast of a variety of food and fun conversation around the dining table. Join Reem and her husband (when he is home) at the table for an authentic Lebanese meal. Your menu might include dishes such as a mezze platter and kafta (meatballs) served with cinnamon rice and a special Lebanese bread. Your meal concludes with a Lebanese almond-semolina cake called sfouf.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) During your 1.5 hour hands-on Lebanese cooking class, Reem will teach you how to make three dishes. You will first learn to make man'oushe, a zaatar flatbread. Then learn to cook Reem's special chili and coriander potatoes before preparing fattoush (a traditional fried or toasted bread and seasonal vegetable salad) or tabouli (herb and bulgur salad). After cooking, enjoy the Lebanese meal you helped prepare with Reem at her dining table. Reem is convinced that by the end of your cooking class you will be able to throw your own Lebanese mezze party!

Notes: Vegetarian and vegan options can be offered on request.

Languages spoken: English, French, Arabic

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Mezze platter: Fattoush or tabouli salad, chili and coriander potatoes or stuffed wine leaves, zaatar flatbread or spinach pastry and hummus
  • Main: Kafta (meatballs) with cinnamon rice and a special Lebanese bread
  • Dessert: Sfouf cake (a Lebanese almond-semolina cake)
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$75 $60 $45
Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $75 $60
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$75 $60 $45
Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $75 $60
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
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