Sixth Sense

November 4, 2019

I have often discussed the notion that Israel has a melting pot cuisine with many experts in Israel only to be told that it is an outdated description. True that Jews from the Arab countries brought the authentic Mideast cuisine with them and Jews from Hungary brought their goulash, but Israel has developed a new cuisine

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October 28, 2019

It is important to put some misguided notions to rest. Kosherfest is important because the growing kosher food industry needs an annual showcase. The two days are necessary so that buyers have the opportunity to visit all 300 booths. All other suggestions like alternating the show every two years and restricting it to one

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October 7, 2019

Each year a small number of regular exhibitors at Kosherfest decide to take a year off, either because they have a conflict with other events, are looking to save some money, or are simply burnt out. Not surprising is a small number that are acquired by larger kosher companies. This year will be no exception except that

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September 24, 2019

Cruise lines going after the kosher market. The Trump Hotel in Washington DC offering gourmet glatt kosher meals. A kosher knish manufacturers receives calls he never received before on interest for his kosher knishes. Hershey Park is expanding its kosher program with a new stand and cart. It seems that wherever you look,

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September 10, 2019
Yes all honey is sweet but that’s where the similarities end. It was in the summer of 2018 that I watched a 61 years old beekeeper in Boltashan Romania make gourmet honey. Gourmet? In his broken English, he explained that there was a certain elegance to the flowers in his farm, all the while I was thinking about how to
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August 20, 2019

There it was: a fresh delivery of meat sitting on the sidewalk in 90-degree heat. You could read the country the meat came from and, of course, the phrase glatt kosher. Three hours later, the meat was still there, only the temperature was about five degrees higher. “Sure,” said a friend of mine. “I have seen them

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August 6, 2019

A senior executive in the kosher food industry once predicted that the Manischewitz brand would one day disappear. He rationalized that the market was changing in favor of many more Charedi Jews in America and that the old time Manischewitz customer would over time disappear. I didn’t like the sound of that “prophet”

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July 9, 2019

The best way to educate a novice about the kosher market is to use the Jewish calendar as a guide. Our entire kosher cycle throughout the year revolves around the Jewish calendar beginning with the 52 Shabbos days which you might say is like any celebrated holiday. At the moment, we are just shy of the beginning of the

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June 24, 2019

It’s the beginning of summer this week and eating outdoors will definitely be in. The BBQ season is upon us but so is eating healthy. A friend recently shared with me his delight for strolling through open air markets. Problem is he is kosher which often poses some challenges. “I saw some excellent roasted nuts and the

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June 4, 2019

Rego Park…There are few institutions that close that generate as much rancor as when a Jewish deli closes. Jewish delis at one point were synonymous with the Jewish experience in New York. According to the Forward, in the 1930s there were at least 1,500 Jewish delis in New York City, according to Ted Merwin’s book

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