Skip To Content
We’ve Taken Down the Forward Paywall: An Open Letter to Our ReadersRead Now

Kosher Casts Its Spell in Salem and All the Week’s Hottest Dish

Adea’s is about to cast a spell on Salem, Massachusetts; it’s the town’s first kosher restaurant. Still in what sounds like a soft opening, Adea’s serving a very focused takeout menu of hummus, Israeli salad, Jerusalem bean soup, shakshuka, and falafel.

The restaurant’s also looking to raise $18,000 through a GoFundMe campaign. Fans have ponied up $3,000 to date.

More of the Week’s Hottest Dish:

Delicious hummus with veggies and pita from Dosa Bar. Image by Facebook

Kosher South Indian in North Tel Aviv

Kosher South Indian cuisine has landed in North Tel Aviv. Dosa Bar “serves Indian fare ignored by most other restaurants,” says The Jerusalem Post, including daily thalis, dosas and gluten-free, vegan desserts. Dosas here are made of fermented batter of urad lentils, small black beans that are yellow inside.

A vegam platter from Lagustas. Image by Facebook

Serving Up Mitzvahs in New Paltz

Now serving mitzvah realness: Lagusta’s Luscious Commissary, a newish vegan spot in New Paltz, New York, where owner Lagusta Yearwood is encouraging patrons to post a pledge on her Mitzvah Wall.

“I wanted to make it because my mom taught me to do a mitzvah, big or small, every day, so I thought it would be a nice way to promote some good deeds in our community,” owner Lagusta Yearwood told the Forward. “With our little coffee shop, we wanted to bring high quality treats that are made ethically to New Paltz and to create an atmosphere that’s peaceful and tranquil to enjoy them in. The Mitzvah Wall is nice because it allows people to treat their friends and customers to something that could brighten their day.”

Yearwood’s vegan empire started with a small confectionary; its sibling now serves soups, salads and sides, too, most made with local produce.

A fish taco from the late Fish Plate. Image by Courtesy of Fish Plate

Fish Plate Goes Under

Fish Plate, a Long Island kosher “California-style fish restaurant,” has closed. The restaurant “was known for serving fresh grilled fish, delicious soups and an overall affordable meal,” YeahThatsKosher reports.

Food Events This Week at 92Y

If you’re in New York this week, the 92nd St. Y’s got two terrific food events to catch.

This Thursday September 29, Roger Horowitz, the author of “KOSHER USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food,” will illuminate the journey of kosher food through the modern industrial food system. There’s even a kosher-goods tasting from Manischewitz. It’s $25.

That’s at noon.

Stick around until 7p.m., because food historian Francine Segan will explain how to evaluate honey through color, aroma and flavor; how to cook with it; and will explore its fascinating history. Know what you’re dipping your apples in this year. $45 for the program.

More of the Week’s Hottest Dish:

Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward.


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.