Sixth Sense

January 23, 2017

So when is the next Jewish holiday? Tu B’Shvat! “Say what?” “Hey, I know Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, and Passover but not the Tu holiday!” That about describes a conversation I had with a non-Jewish employee at a major kosher supermarket as we passed a display of dried exotic fruits and other goodies for the New

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January 9, 2017

Albert, a 30ish attorney who lives alone on Manhattan’s East Side, keeps kosher but by his own admission has “not stepped into a kosher grocery in years.” Instead, he gets all of his kosher products from Fresh Direct and even from Amazon. “Believe it or not, I got latkes (potato pancakes) from Amazon on

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December 20, 2016

Last week, the White House held its annual Chanukah party and once again the kitchen was koshered so that the guests could eat the food. First lady Michelle Obama is not the first to allow the koshering of the kitchen; that distinction belongs to former First Lady Laura Bush who in 2001 became the first to not only

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December 20, 2016

Last week, the White House held its annual Chanukah party and once again the kitchen was koshered so that the guests could eat the food. First lady Michelle Obama is not the first to allow the koshering of the kitchen; that distinction belongs to former First Lady Laura Bush who in 2001 became the first to not only

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December 6, 2016

It was at last month’s Kosherfest that a conversation with two prominent leaders of the kosher food industry turned to Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, the 57-year old father of 10, including a special child who has been incarcerated for seven years. The two suggested that perhaps someone could get to the outgoing President

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December 6, 2016

It was at last month’s Kosherfest that a conversation with two prominent leaders of the kosher food industry turned to Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, the 57-year old father of 10, including a special child who has been incarcerated for seven years. The two suggested that perhaps someone could get to the outgoing President

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November 21, 2016

As I walked the show last week at Kosherfest, I was the beneficiary of many whispers about developments in kosher, all of which is promising. A cookbook author reveals the subject of a new book to be published next year. A large food company lets me in on a secret about a new line of products that it will be launching.

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November 7, 2016

“It just won’t be the same without Pardes,” a close friend opined when he heard that the trendy kosher restaurant located in Downtown Brooklyn had closed. Chef Moses Wendel was a genius when it came to menu innovation and presentation, which earned him instant fame in the constant move to upscale in the kosher

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October 11, 2016

A friend I will call Isaac is a cruise addict. By his own admission, he and his wife recently took their 18th cruise. He recalled the days when he would take along his own food because the fare that was offered was simply not edible. “Today, I not only get great tasting kosher meals but I can get the chef to prepare many

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September 27, 2016

It is no secret that the kosher catering business of all types and sizes is booming. Some caterers have more than doubled their business in just the last 2-5 years. Several caterers I spoke to said that they have never been busier, with some talking about bookings into 2018. Sales to caterers and other foodservice

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