Sixth Sense

December 18, 2019

In 2015, the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris was the target of terrorists who went on a shooting spree, killing four shoppers. Last week it was Jersey City where three people were killed.. In Paris, Montreal and Jerusalem kosher restaurants were targets of terrorism in the past. To these cowards, a kosher restaurant is a

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December 2, 2019

When more than 5,000 emissaries of Chabad gathered in the New York area recently from every corner of the globe, it was a vivid reminder that many of these “soldiers” play a key role in the expanding presence of kashrus worldwide. Not only do the Chabad Houses serve as a home away from home for Jewish tourists and

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November 18, 2019

Despite the absence of several long-time exhibitors, Kosherfest ’19 was a smashing success. For those who doubted that there was anything new, more than 100 new exhibits with some 300 new foods and wines proved them wrong. And for those who wondered if there were new faces visiting the show, almost 20% or 1000 of the

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November 11, 2019

Wow, 31 years and counting. You’ve heard this expression before: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s right, the show is behind the astronomical growth of kosher. Many of the leading food companies who cater to the kosher market grew up on the knees of Kosherfest. So let’s face it, improvement? Always

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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discussed the notion that Israel has a melting pot cuisine with many experts in Israel only to be told that it is an outdated description.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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