February 28, 2011

Kosher Wine & Food Experience Draws Wine Experts and Sell-Out Crowd of Foodies

New York…For the second year, Chelsea Piers played host to the now annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience, sponsored by Kedem. The first part of the event held last week drew an impressive group of wine critics, media, officials of the kosher food industry, and many Jewish community notables. The second part of the event was open to the public (for about $80-$100) and was sold out two weeks in advance. Tickets were reportedly going on EBay for more than double the original asking price. David Herzog, President of Kedem, said that the company would most likely have to look for a larger venue in 2012 to accommodate the growing demand for this annual celebration of good kosher food and wine. Novice and sommelier alike bumped shoulders to release tannins, taste old favorites and try new imports from as close as Hudson Valley and as far away as New Zealand. The event also showcased a wide selection of liquors and spirits as well as a multitude of foods from over 20 restaurants, caterers, and food producers located in the Metropolitan area.

More than 30 wine and spirit labels were showcased at the event. Said one press member, “the event is part of a larger movement that embraces both food and drink with Jewish life, seeing one as being inexorably intertwined with the other.” Indeed, this teaming of food, wine, and Jewish life was mentioned in many a conversation on the event floor. Jamie Geller, a popular Kosher cookbook author said, “I pair food and wine in my cookbooks…as a whole, kosher food and wine is way past Manischewitz.” Gil Marks, food author and critic commented how, “a generation of kosher foodies has emerged and they are demanding a higher quality product when it comes to both kosher food and wine.” He added that, “In general, sophisticated wine has suffered due to lack of exposure in the Kosher community, but events like these help to enhance the image of kosher wine as a whole.” Also at the event was popular author Suzie Fishbein, who many credit for developing her own cult of kosher foodies.