Well, more like nibbles of the vaguely Middle-Eastern inspired. But I couldn't resist the pun.
I'm throwing a dinner next week for a small group of friends and so far, the plan is starting off with crudites (cucumbers, radishes, mint, basil, carrots) and homemade hummus (tahini, cumin, garlic, maybe some za'tar?) and white bean dip with roasted garlic, along with dishes of olives, figs and feta, and homemade pita chips on the side. For kind of a main course/buffet, I was hoping to do falafel (probably out of a box and broiled, given the timing) with toppings- strained yogurt dip with mint/basil/garlic, thinned tahini, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, alongside green beans tossed with shallots, olive oil, s/p and preserved lemons, the persian rice salad from epicurious (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...) and "cold salad of sweet potato wedges and diced red onion tossed with chopped mint and sumac" from slashfood.
Does this sound reasonable? Part of the problem is that I'm mostly vegetarian and most of my friends aren't- would you all still consider this a satisfying array? Should I throw in grilled eggplant?
Oh, and for dessert, I'm totally lost. It's technically my birthday party but I keep getting distracted by flavors and I can't decide! The cinnamon-scented devil's food cupcakes (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...) are calling me, but I'm also dreaming of something with rosewater or lemon in it...and fresh berries....
thank you for any thoughts!