Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jewish food taking center stage this weekend

Author Tina Wasserman
This is a weekend putting Jewish food in the spotlight.

The major event is the 14th annual Jewish Food Festival, set for Sunday in Schenectady, that will feature food writer and cookbook author Tina Wasserman.

The other event is the annual Passover open house at Price Chopper’s Colonie supermarket, 1892 Central Avenue, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. It will showcase the more than 1,000 kosher-for-Passover products available at the store, with samples and cooking tips from kosher catering experts. (This year, Passover will begin on Tuesday, April 11.)

Wasserman, who holds degrees in foods and education from Syracuse and New York universities, is the best-selling author of "Entree to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora" and "Entrée to Judaism for Families: Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children." She also is a cooking instructor, longtime columnist for Reform Judaism magazine and presently food editor for ReformJudaism.org. As a prequel to the festival, a 5:30 p.m. Shabbat dinner on Friday will feature dishes from her cookbooks. (The dinner is limited to 20 guests.)

Then festival itself, a creation of Congregation Gates of Heaven, will run from noon to 3 p.m. and feature a no-limits sampling of traditional and modern Jewish foods prepared by restaurants, caterers, and members of the Gates synagogue family.

Admission is $20 for adults, $ for children 13 to 17, and free for anyone 12 and younger. Anyone bringing three or more non-peerishable food items, which will be donated to the Northeast Regional Food Bank, will receive a $5 admission discount.

The schedule includes a cooking workshop, demonstrations and contests. The details are available online.

Congregation Gates of Heaven is located at 852 Ashmore Avenue in Schenectady, just off Eastern Parkway. Phone: (518) 374-8173.

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