San Francisco’s indie Jewish community, The Kitchen, celebrates its second birthday this month. The Kitchen supports weekly DIY Shabbat dinners and other holiday food gatherings including a Purim party and a 100-person Sukkot feast. The Kitchen recently reserved a 500-person space to hold High Holy Day services. Additionally, The Kitchen hosts events for young singles called Kitchen 24/7, and has a Kitchen Mama’s program, bringing together 60 parents with young children for an earlier Shabbat services and dinner gathering. The organization places a high priority on food because “we recognize that so much of religious life is social and happens around the table. Food is this local currency and language in San Francisco, and we see it as a very important part of what we’re doing,” The Kitchen’s founding rabbi, Noa Kushner, said. In my Q&A with Kushner, she shares her dining do’s and don’ts when it comes to her kitchen table.
The Lower East Side is an ever-changing neighborhood; demographics constantly shifting, storefronts coming and going, and tenement houses morphing into high rise condos. Despite all this change and refashioning, one thing has remained a neighborhood staple: Katz’s Delicatessen, which is currently celebrating it’s 125th anniversary. I had the opportunity to schmooze all things deli with fifth-generation owner, Jake Dell.
Dear reader. You will be forgiven for assuming that, as the creator of the Jewish Week’s Food & Wine section, I am a foodie. What I really am is a foodie groupie: I don’t have the time/money/discipline/passion to become a really great home cook, say, or an intrepid explorer of extreme ethnic foods in the darkness of the outer boroughs.
It’s generally more expensive to keep or buy kosher than not. If you, dear reader, fall in the former category, this is your lucky day, because I am about to reveal to you a truly valuable tip: Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc. No, they are not paying me.
From humble beginnings washing dishes at a local restaurant in Long Island, New York, chef Jay Weinstein has made a name for himself in the culinary world. Weinstein has written three food and cook books and teaches at the Natural Gourmet Institute where he recently held a class on cooking “kosher with confidence.” The Jewish Week spoke with Weinstein about his passion for food, the ethics of eating and the best bite in New York.
Today is Earth Day, the annual celebration and honoring of the environment, when we examine the ways in which mankind could help our planet for future generations. As a kid, Earth Day was also about delicious snacks. My favorite ones, which I still eat occasionally, are cup o' dirt (sometimes known as mud pie without the crust) and ants on a log.
If I constructed my own personal food pyramid, dairy would fill up well over half of it. Greek yogurt for breakfast, cottage cheese for lunch, and maybe a run to Pinkberry in the late afternoon. But, as I live with a group of kosher college girls, we don’t often use dairy when it comes to dessert.
For a pro-substitute counterpoint to this post, read Food & Wine Editor Emma Goss' take on almond milk.
I keep a kosher home and in general, I enjoy it. My husband, male that he is, tries to rationalize kashrut whenever it comes up in conversation by talking about Trichinosis in Ancient Times and all that jazz, but I don't feel the need.