Tara Kitchen
City: Schenectady, NY,
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About Us
Moroccan comfort food from an award-winning chef

For nearly a decade, Tara Kitchen has served Moroccan food that’s for everyone. It’s worldly but accessible comfort food packed with flavor—hold the mashed potatoes.

Vibrant, not fiery, it’s seasoned with spices that reflect Morocco’s history as a cultural crossroad and celebrated Chef Aneesa Waheed’s talent for building beautifully balanced flavors out of unexpected combinations.

Signature tagines—stews featuring chicken, lamb, or seafood, and a variety of veggies—are fragrant with earthy cumin, coriander, turmeric, and paprika. Fruits like dried figs and apricots, as well as prunes and local blueberries add subtle sweetness, and olives, a salty pop. Herbs like mint, fenugreek, and parsley add finishing touches. It all comes together in a magical (and kid-friendly!) way that’s outright addictive, like a culinary hug.

Chef Aneesa has even pulled in comfort food from beyond North Africa and given them a Moroccan twist: Favorites like cabbage rolls, spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant parm, and fish cakes get a tasty makeover that will only make you love them more.

Because we love people to love our food, many of our dishes are vegan, free of gluten, nuts, dairy, and soy.

Chef Aneesa Waheed put her stamp on Moroccan food when she fell in love with Moroccan cuisine during a life-changing trip to Marrakech. Her mastery of sweet and savory flavors and inventive take on Moroccan cuisine has brought her considerable acclaim: She’s earned several awards including 40 under 40 and Rising Star and has been featured in several Food TV Network shows including Beat Bobby Flay, and Guy Fieri’s Grocery Games