Sunday, February 25, 2024

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM


The Mantu
10 S. Thompson St.,
Richmond, Virginia, 23221


Richmond's Under-the-Radar Celebrity Chef Presents a Novel Interpretation of Afghani and International Cuisine at This Brilliant Signature Wine Dinner

Chef Hamidullah Noori, who describes his food as an ‘Ocean of Love’, will surprise you - just like he surprised (and impressed) the judges on Food Network's 'Beat Bobby Flay' -  at this dinner, which will feature a mix of both traditional and modern interpretations of Afghani and international cuisine paired with Virginia wine and wine from other regions around the world.  This is a truly unique opportunity to taste cuisine very few chefs around the country know how to execute.  Chef Noori not only presents dishes with flair and originality, he creates flavor profiles and textures you can hardly imagine were possible.

Please join us for this exciting and one-of-kind culinary experience while you listen to live music by THE RHYTHM MASTER!

With Your Ticket, You Will:

  • Savor an all-inclusive wine pairing dinner held at The Mantu in Carytown hosted by acclaimed Chef Hamidullah Noori
  • Enjoy live music by THE RHYTHM MASTER

Important Information

  • You may arrive any time after 5:30pm
  • We are sorry but there are no special dietary restrictions or preferences at this dinner
  • There is a free parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, additional street parking nearby the restaurant, and a free public parking garage 4 blocks away
  • Chef Noori will discuss the dishes and wine pairings
  • Smart casual dress


Chef Hamidullah Noori - Chef Hamidullah Noori began his chef’s career at age 18. In 2003, he joined the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, and soon after in 2004, joined the Kabul Serena Hotel, a five-star hotel in Afghanistan, as Commis Chef, where he was quickly promoted to Chef de Partie.

After his training, he returned to Kabul Serena Hotel as the Executive Chef where he oversaw the cuisine of several restaurants in the hotel. He was featured in several cooking show episodes on TOLO TV in Afghanistan and was later given the Executive Chef position at the USAID. Since his arrival in Richmond, Chef Noori showcased his talent at the Capital Farmers Market, the Hi Hostels Culture Kitchen, and other venues where he has continued to refine his art in international cuisine.

In May 2021, Chef Noori made his first appearance on the Food Network as a featured contestant on the culinary competition show, “Beat Bobby Flay.” In April 2022, he was profiled along with other top DMV-area chefs in The New York Times story, “They Fled Afghanistan for America. Now They Feed the Newest Arrivals.”

In addition to The New York Times, he has been featured on WNYC's "The Takeaway," Voice of America, Eater DC, VPM Public Media, WRIR 97.3 FM, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Style Weekly, Richmond Bizsense, Richmond Magazine, Well + Good, The Progress-Index, and many other media outlets.

Menu and Wine Pairings Coming Soon