Marrakech Market Marvelous

Bright and Bold


Photo Courtesy of Maribel Farina Photography

Create a Moroccan flavored event with bright, bold, bazaar inspired décor. This geometric table is highlighted with jewel tone candle votives and a bold blue sofa for comfortable seating. Other Bazaar elements include geometric lighting sconces, roaming costumed gypsies, and plenty of flowing fabric, creating a luxurious and lavish feel.

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Moroccan Merguez

Photo Courtesy of Sarah Shahatz

Serve this easy meal any time of the day for your Moroccan inspired event.
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, small dice
4 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 pound merguez sausage, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 tablespoon ras el hanout, see note above
1 teaspoon Spanish sweet smoked paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 15-ounce cans fire-roasted tomatoes, preferably Muir Glen
8 extra-large eggs
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro, stems included
2 tablespoons harissa
Warm crusty bread, for serving
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until golden. Toss in the garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add the merguez and sauté until almost cooked through, about 3 minutes. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the Ras el Hanout, Spanish smoked paprika and salt. Stir to combine and cook for a minute to lightly toast the spices. Add the tomatoes. Turn up the heat to medium and cook until the mixture has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Crack the eggs over the mixture, cover and cook until the whites set, but the yolks are still soft. Divide the eggs and ragout among four warm bowls using a large spoon. Top with a sprinkling of cilantro and a teaspoon of Harissa. Serve immediately with crusty bread”

Hot and Cold

Photo Courtesy of Autumn Giles

A favorite drink in Morocco is Mint Tea. While not traditionally served up as a cocktail, we liked the citrusy notes to this hot toddy.
Ingredients
25 fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup boiling water
2 ounces gin, such as New Amsterdam
1/2 ounce lemon juice from 1 lemon
1 ounce homemade cranberry syrup
Lemon slice for garnish

Directions
1.
In a mug or a small heatproof bowl, pour the boiling water over the mint leaves and let steep for 5 minutes.

2.
While the mint is steeping, combine the gin, cranberry syrup, and lemon juice in a mug. Strain mint tea into mug and stir to combine. Discard mint leaves. Garnish the drink with sliced lemon and serve.

Cascading Crystals

Photo Courtesy of Maribel Farina Photography

Tell your event attendees where the best places to assemble are with the Asembl app.
For a dramatic backdrop, event creators used thousands of cascading crystals to create a shimmering curtain. Combined with LED lighting, this current could evoke hundreds of different programmable lighting combinations, suited for any event.

 

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