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Jeni & Hassan

catering des moinesHusband and wife team, Hassan Atarmal & Jeni Betts bring the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean to Waukee, IA.

Hassan and Jeni met while living in New York City.  The couple relocated to Iowa, Jeni’s home state in 2006.  With degrees from the University of Northern Iowa the couple worked for Des Moines businesses while planning a venture of their own.

Hassan grew up in a Berber village in rural Morocco.  His mother, an accomplished cook taught her six children all she knew about traditional Moroccan cuisine.  From the rich flavors of a lamb tagine to a vegetarian couscous complete with sweet dates, his mother instilled a love of great food in her children.  As Hassan grew and got the opportunity to travel he learned about other world cuisines.  He traveled to France, Italy, Mexico, and many locations in the United States.  Spending eight years in New York working in a delicatessen and bakery he was able to learn the ropes of running a successful food business.  His dream of opening a restaurant in Iowa has come true with his latest venture: Fresh Mediterranean Express.  Nearly every day of the week, you will find Hassan in the kitchen at Fresh Med.  If you’ve been in more than a few times, he probably knows your order by heart.  Contact Hassan at

Jeni Farmers Market Hummus SalesJeni grew up in northeastern Iowa, attending UNI in Cedar Falls.  After graduating from college she moved to New York City.  Jeni was fortunate enough to embrace music at a young age which allowed her to travel throughout the U.S. and Europe to perform.  During her travels she developed a love and respect for other cultures including their music, art, and cuisines.  Jeni predominately handles the behind the scenes business for Fresh Med, including the catering and wholesale accounts.  Contact Jeni at