Chef Yehuda Sichel’s latke with gin-cured salmon, pickled beets and Boursin.
“It hasn’t been super publicized yet, but it will be for the first night of Hanukkah,” Sichel says. “It’s Dec. 6, $50 per person—four courses including dessert, which includes a latke tasting course. We’re sticking to one potato latke and switching up the toppings. One is going to be sour cream and caviar, one scrambled egg, cheddar and truffle, and another roasted lamb leg, applesauce and horseradish.” 1623 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, 215-867-0088
Kosher-Organic in Brooklyn
You can find kosher food almost everywhere in Brooklyn. And you can’t throw an ethically sourced piece of fair-trade chocolate without hitting an organic food store. But the borough’s never had a store that combined kosher and organic.
That’s about to change. Organic Circle, the first kosher all-organic store in the U.S., is set to open this month in Flatbush, the Jewish Press reports. “Instead of hopping around to various health food stores to get limited products, kosher organic food will now be available in abundance and in variety,” founder Chaim Moshe Nussenzweig tells the paper. He also owns Mountain Fruit, a kosher Brooklyn supermarket.
The Cheesiest Pop-up Store Ever?
Self-described “cheese snob” Matthew Rubiner will hang a shingle inside Haven’s Kitchen this month, bringing the flavor of his Massachusetts shop Rubiner’s Cheesemongers and Grocers. Run, don’t walk, to try Rubiner’s signature grilled cheese — “a melty comté on Pullman bread” — in November.
You can see the Forward’s profile of Haven’s Kitchen founder Alison Cayne here.
So You Think You Know Smoked Meat, Eh?
Here’s your chance to expand your horizons of Canadian Jewish food.
In the latest in her series of food talks at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, writer Jayne Cohen will host a panel of Toronto machers including Anthony Rose of Fat Pasha and Schmaltz Appetizing; Ruthie Ladovsky, whose family has owned and operated United Bakers Dairy restaurant since 1912, National Post writer Bonnie Stern and “Born to Kvetch” author Michael Wex.
Grab tickets to Eating Jewish in Canada at the museum’ website. See you there November 15.
L.A. Bagel Gets Kudos From GQ
The Yeastie Boys motto (above).
Founded by Evan Fox and James Reamy, Yeastie Boys is L.A.’s first and only bagel truck. Motto: “Bagels, Lox, Schmear, other shit.”
Thanksgiving Dinner From NYC’s Oldest Kosher Butcher
New York’s oldest kosher butcher, Fischer Bros. & Leslie, just unveiled a new lineup for Thanksgiving.
The meal for six includes boneless roasted turkey or rotisserie turkey, barley & mushroom or vegetable soup, string beans Provençcal, stuffing, sweet potato pone, cranberry relish and dessert. The shop will also offer a la carte items like stuffed Cornish hens and chicken Florentine roast stuffed with spinach. 230 W 72 St., New York City, 212-787-1715
Raves for London’s Good Egg
Reviews are coming in for The Good Egg, a new Jewishy brunchy spot in London. And they’re raves. “All my favourite meals over the past year have been weekend brunches. Perhaps the best of all was a recent expedition to The Good Egg,” writes the (U.K.) Independent’s Amol Rajan, who’s especially fond of the Bloody Mary flavored with pastrami spices.
Dish previewed the place a few weeks before it debuted.
Tell Us Something We Don’t Know
It’s official: Modern Jewish cuisine is one of the hot dining trends for 2016, according to an annual forecast from restaurant consultants Baum + Whiteman.
“Chefs are juggling their culinary traditions with modernity … without falling into the trap of ‘fusion,’ and mainstreaming dishes that no longer seem so ethnic ,” the report says.
Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward.