It’s time to go beyond the bagel, schmear, and lox: A new dinner series aims to explore Jewish cuisine through a global lens.
The Chosen Food Supper Club will take part over 10 Sundays, starting with their kick-off dinner on April 2, and will give guests the chance to enjoy a complete meal and learn the history of the traditional Jewish foods from the global diaspora. Plus, you’ll get recipes to take home to try as well.
Offering a range of culinary and cultural experiences, The Chosen Food will look at everything from Jewish and Chinese Dumplings to the New York Deli experience (courtesy our own local deli hero, Nitzan Cohen of Mensch, natch). Other planned evenings include Jewish food in Syria, and in South Africa, too.
The Chosen Food will run through September; here are all the announced dates so far:
- April 2: Mantι, Börek, Baklava: Cooking Shabbat Dinner & Fresh Challah with guest chef Derya Akay, with contributions from Sara Ciacci, Leonor Etkin, Claire Hammer & Debbie Kafka
- April 23: My Darling Dumpling: Traditional Jewish & Chinese Dumplings with guest chef Kevin Huang and special guests
- May 7: Delights from the Jews of Rhodes with guest host Carol Herbert and chef Don Letendre
- June 4: Shavuot on Kibbutz: Reinventing a Harvest Festival with guest chef Lior Ben-Yehuda
- June 18: From Cape Town with Love: A South African Barbecue with guest hosts Shelley Goldberg & Nadine Katz, and chef Don Letendre
- July 30: Pastrami & Rye: Authentic New York Deli with guest chef Nitzan Cohen of Mensch. Jewish Delicatessen
- September 17: Rosh Hashanah in Aleppo: A Syrian Jewish New Years’ Feast with guest host Debbie Tabenken and chef Don Letendre
The Chosen Food is the work of the Jewish Museum & Archives of BC’s 2017 Feeding the Community programming, and is being launched in tandem with their podcast, The Kitchen Stories. Feeding Community is all about “celebrating the important role of food in maintaining Jewish tradition and history through generations of BC Jews,” says the JMABC.
To attend a Chosen Food Sunday supper you’ll need to sign up in advance. Tickets are $40 per person, and the food is served kosher-style, but is not certified Kosher.
When: Select Sundays, April through September 2017, 5 to 8 pm
Where: The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC – 6184 Ash Street, Second Floor, Vancouver
Cost: $40, must be purchased in advance