“Lebanese food is a historical cuisine, dating back to B.C.” said Karam Fine Lebanese Foods Owner, Claude Karam, describing what makes traditional Lebanese dishes like falafel and Babba Ghanooj so special. “Garlic, cumin, coriander, olive oil, pomegranate, fresh mint, molasses, and lemon juice are some of the quintessential flavors that make Lebanese food delicious and distinct.”
Karam Fine Lebanese Foods began with a relatively unconventional start. Three years ago, Claude turned in his wings after 15 years as a commercial pilot to pursue his dream of creating fresh Lebanese cuisine and attaining a more personally satisfying career. The glamorous jet setting life did not afford Claude the home life he wanted. “So many people stay doing something that does not make them happy; they have no personal satisfaction at the end of the day. You only have one life, so I made the change and decided not to settle” said Claude about pursuing his dream to open the family run wholesale and retail business. A true labor of love, Karam Fine Lebanese Foods has grown significantly in two facets; retail and predominately wholesale. Claude’s brother oversees the retail division—Karam Lebanese Catering and Deli, while Claude focuses on the expanding the wholesale division, currently serving over 55 stores with 22 products. A true family affair, Claude’s niece and nephew recently joined the business and relocated after spending 12 years as French pastry chefs in Claude’s homeland of Lebanon. Their delicious creations like Baba Au Rhum, Znoud il Sit, and Sacher Torte can be enjoyed at the Karam Lebanese Deli on Cedar Hills Boulevard.