November 21, 2011

Kosher Cooking at Famed De Gustibus at MacyÕs a Major Success

New York … When Arlene Seltman Sailhac, a speech pathologist, first conceived of the famed De Gustibus cooking school some 32 years ago, she could not have envisioned that upscale kosher cooking courses would become an important part of their program. Located on the 8th floor of Macy’s De Gustibus is now run by Salvatore Rizzo, former Director of House Operations and Events at the James Beard Foundation. By invitation only, De Gustibus offers classes by well known chefs from around the country, featuring kosher classes twice a year. A selection of wines, provided by Kedem Royal Wines, are paired with each of the five courses that are demonstrated. The most recent course given by world-class Chef Jeffrey Nathan of Abigael’s , when he demonstrated a delicious selection of recipes that have never been seen before. Each recipe was new and original showcasing not just the recipe, but newly kosher ingredients, and tips as to varying the recipe and its components for a slew of other uses. “We will only accept chefs that prepare their foods in kosher certified kitchens,” said Mr. Rizzo. “We also kosher the kitchen here, require a mashgiach to be present during the course and use only paper and plastics,” he told KosherToday. 82 students registered (and paid $95) for the course. Several of the students had won a ShopRite sponsored contest. ShopRite handed out gift bags of products from kosher companies such as Manischewitz, Kedem, Season and Gold's.