Anahita Naderi and Betty Lang of Hidden Dinner
Anahita Naderi and Betty Lang of Hidden Dinner
Courtesy of Hidden Dinner / Photograph by Meg Strouse

Hidden Dinner to Celebrate Norooz with Traditional Persian New Year's Dinner

​Tonight begins Norooz, the Persian New Year. It's a holiday based on the renewal of life, and so the traditional foods involve new sprouts of herbs--traditionally planted just for the New Year--and fish from the newly free-flowing rivers. While there are a few Persian restaurants in OC, this year there's a chance to celebrate a little more intimately.

Hidden Dinner, the underground pop-up restaurant that is the brainchild of Anahita Naderi, Betty Lang, and Justin Veiga, will be celebrating Norooz this Sunday, March 25, with a menu of home-style Persian dishes from Naderi's family recipes.

They won't tell people who reserve where it is until two days before, of course, but we'll give you a hint: it's in South County, further south than Hidden Dinner has ever ventured. To sign up to get more information, join the e-mail list at

; you'll receive an e-mail with instructions on how to reserve your seat.

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