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A fundraiser was recently hosted by Omar Boukhriss at the Pagoda in downtown Norfolk to help support the missions of Physicians for Peace.
Host and owner of the Pagoda
, Omar's Carriage House and Voila restaurants, Omar Boukhriss
, served up wonderfully refreshing watermelon mojitos.
Physicians for Peace ...
Physicians for Peace will honor Omar Boukhriss on Oct. 2 for his longtime support of the organization's mission, at home and abroad, as well as his humanitarian efforts in Morocco.
The award ceremony takes place during the 2010 Physicians for Peace Celebrate the Nations Gala Reception in Virginia Beach, Va.
"Not only has Omar
actively raised money on behalf of Physicians for Peace
, but he's
also played key roles on two missions to Morocco, in 2003 and again in 2010," said Brig.
Gen. Ron Sconyers (USAF, Ret.), president and chief executive officer of Physicians for Peace
facilitated such a deep camaraderie between the team and medical professionals in Morocco, future information-sharing and training missions already are being discussed and the seeds for long-term partnering have been planted."
A History of Service
For more than 10 years, Boukhriss
has been a friend and supporter of Physicians for Peace
As the owner of Omar's Carriage House, Voilà and The Pagoda Restaurant in Norfolk, Boukhriss has hosted fundraisers, including "The Taste of Morocco" in March 2010, and he has underwritten costs to send educational missions to train surgeons in Morocco.
In May 2010 Boukhriss joined Physicians for Peace on a mission to Fes, the third largest city in Morocco, where he acted as a translator and cultural liaison for an 18-member medical team.
During that mission, surgeons performed the first off-pump heart surgery in Fes.
"The surgical Morocco mission definitely opened my eyes in terms of the impact that Physicians for Peace has in cities all over the world," Boukhriss said.
"This work is something we should all be proud to promote and to embrace as part of our legacy.
That is why I support and remain engaged in ensuring these medical missions continue."
is one of three 2010 Medical Diplomat award winners.
The 100 BEST Things in the Seven Cities | Best of 2005 | Feature Stories | Port Folio Weekly | The Alternative Voice of the Seven Cities
#90 Omar Boukhriss - It's a Horatio Alger story with North African nuances.Omar Boukhriss came to America from Morocco with, as he puts it, "nothing but my name" and began bussing tables at a Chinese restaurant in Washington, D.C. Folks around here first knew him as a waiter at erstwhile Elliot's in Ghent where he later moved up to general manager.Today he owns not one but two restaurants, Omar's Carriage House (eclectic American fare with a hint of Moroccan) and Voilà (international cuisine with a French focus), and manages food service at The Pagoda and the downtown YMCA, all within a few blocks of each other.So call him the Mayor of Freemason.Affable, beloved and an American citizen since the 90s, he sometimes forgoes his logo van for an unmarked car, lest he be flagged down by neighbors and fans, keeping him from his appointed rounds.For except for the five to six o'clock hour he carves out for his family (he and his wife Imane Mouak, who runs Voilà, have a 7-year-old son - who can work a dining room floor just like dad - and a five year old daughter), Boukhriss is hard at work.And that indefatigable spirit spills over into community causes including CHKD, Full Circle, St. Jude's, and Physicians for Peace.As if that weren't enough, he chairs the newly-founded Downtown Restaurant Coalition to unify area restaurants and keep them abreast of downtown developments. - MM
INSIDE BUSINESS - The Hampton Roads Business Journal
The food will be "a blend of Chinese and Japanese cuisine infused with American," according to Omar Boukhriss, owner of The Pagoda.
"What we want to do here is create dishes between a full meal and tapas to cater to the neighborhood," he
also owns Omar's Carriage House on Bute Street, which features American eclectic cuisine, and Voila Cuisine Internationale on Botetourt Street, which offers a French menu.He
latest venue will be a good addition to the downtown restaurant scene. The Pagoda
will be a full-service restaurant serving both lunch and dinner.There is a full bar with beer and wine as well as specialty coffee drinks.The two-story restaurant will seat about 80 guests inside, and there is plenty of room for outdoor seating on the ground floor and the balcony.
"It's really a beautiful building that's been ignored," Boukhriss
2013 Taste of Morocco to benefit Physicians for Peace | Physicians for Peace | Teach one. Heal many.
Omar Boukhriss invites you to an exotic event June 13, 2013 5:30 - 8:00PM at The Boathouse located inside Waterside
Norfolk, VA - (May 15, 2013) Omar Boukhriss, owner of Omar's Carriage House, invites you to join him and many others as they celebrate the international work of Physicians for Peace at The Boathouse, located inside Waterside, 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510 on Thursday, June 13th from 5:30 - 8:30pm.
With live entertainment including belly dancers, food and drinks provided, this festive event will benefit Physicians for Peace
and their mission to train, support and empower healthcare professionals around the world.
This is the third event that Omar Boukhriss
has thrown on the organization's behalf.
For more than 12 years, Boukhriss
has been a friend and supporter of Physicians for Peace
In May 2010, Boukhriss joined Physicians for Peace on a mission to Fes, the third largest city in Morocco, where he acted as a translator and cultural liaison for an 18 member medical team.
plans to join another mission this summer focusing on maternal and child health.