Union Hall Now Home to Persian-American Fare
By Diego De Jesus
Photography by Jordan Randall
From kabobs to salads and tacos to ube ice cream, one Lakeland couple is working hard to bring locals a world of flavor.
Feasts of Persia, a food truck known for its signature Persian-American fusion food, is now open on a regular basis at a more permanent home outside of Union Hall.
Farhad Rahmani is the mastermind behind Feasts of Persia, unifying the recipes from his homeland of Iran with an American twist. Since their location change, he’s been in the kitchen working his culinary alchemy.
The Rahmanis, who started their mobile food truck in December 2022, plan on adding more traditional options for kabob cuisine such as the incorporation of saffron and white rice with upcoming Persian-Hispanic infused taco days—which will be on Tuesdays because who doesn’t love “Taco Tuesday”?
“I was a backyard barbecue kabob kind of person, just serving friends and family,” Farhad said about his cooking prowess prior to opening the food truck in late 2022.
But he has created handheld versions of some Persian favorites, as well as added his special recipe Feasts of Persia sauce to the mix. There are “friendly” and “feisty” versions of the sauce depending on a person’s love for heat.
Farhad said he started messing with some fun concoctions to test out with customers and a contingent of them said, “You need to bottle that!”
The sauce is a nice addition to the burgers or kabobs, but also works as a dressing on salads and a dip for fries.
Farhad said he started messing with some fun concoctions to test out with customers and a contingent of them said, “You need to bottle that!” regarding his Feasts of Persia sauce
Their signature Kabob Burger has been featured in publications like the The Ledger and LKLDNow, as well as on television, where Rahmani was filmedoing what he loves on Spectrum Bay News 9 “Chef’s Kitchen.”
Family is a core value for Feasts of Persia and for the Rahmani family who work the food truck. Farhad works alongside his wife Gianna and their two sons, Nikolas and Dominik.
Gianna is Filipina, and has introduced an ice cream dessert sourced from ube, or purple yam, a popular ingredient in the Philippines. The ube gives the ice cream a brilliant purple hue and a sweet creamy flavor, and the delicacy is actually imported from the Philippines.
At Union Hall, Feasts of Persia patrons can now enjoy spacious patio dining, indoor seating, a full-sized bar, and entertainment.