Michael Solomonov, Joan Nathan, and more to Participate in First Great Big Jewish Food Fest Online
Michael Solomonov works the oven at his restaurant Zahav in Philadelphia, July 14, 2015. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images/via JTA)
Hoping to improve your culinary skills while in quarantine? There’s an online Jewish food festival for you.
The festival is free for participants and consists of workshops, happy hours and Shabbat dinners led by other well-known Jewish chefs and food writers, including Adeena Sussman, Einat Admony, and Claudia Roden.
“Not a single person we’ve asked has said a flat out ‘no,’”Jeffrey Yoskowitz told the Forward. “Everyone has said ‘I’m in, I want to be part of it.’”
Yoskowitz is on the team helping to produce the festival alongside Liz Alpern, his co-founder of Gefilteria, a Brooklyn-based company whose focus is reimagining Old World Jewish foods.
The festival is being supported by several foundations that have come together over the past few weeks, including the Jewish Food Society, Mazon, and the American Sephardi Federation, among others.
Leah Koenig, author of The Jewish Cookbook, will be leading a cooking class dedicated to Roman cuisine. She told the Forward that she has lost income and was “heartbroken” to see gigs that she was excited about vanish overnight.
“While nothing quite replaces face-to-face interaction,” she said, “I have been consistently amazed at how intimate the virtual events and cooking demos I’ve led over the last few weeks have felt.”