Native Albanian A***n Krliu came to the United States in the 1970s. Back then, he was a singing waiter at NYC restaurants and found himself in Miami Beach, where by accident, he met a singer, started performing music in hotels and eventually landed a record deal as a funk, pop and disco artist. Several years later while visiting his hometown of Dibra, Macedonia, he met his future wife Deshira, a Soprano with the Macedonian State Opera, who would go on to perform in the world's renowned performance venues including the MET and Carnegie Hall. Deshira eventually turned A***n on to other kinds of music other than funk and pop: the art of classical music, and the two have been performing concerts across New York City ever since. They eventually joined other fellow Dibra and Albanian natives in the Staten Island community of Grasmere.
Both are avid home chefs and preserve their culture through traditional recipes from Dibra, including a sweet, spicy and gooey dessert rice baked with golden raisins, walnuts, cloves, cinnamon and sugar...oh, and shoulder beef brisket, too. Beef brisket in a dessert? While it may be unheard of to many, it adds a chewy texture that you don't taste but feel (umami).
Combining their passions for food and opera, the Krlius present a Native Dish first: a recipe opera based on their famed dessert called Kabuni. Enjoy this special presentation, and call "encore" for seconds and thirds of this decadent delight!