May 2020 -- Iyar-Sivan 5780,  Volume 26, Issue 5

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Joan Nathan

The Great Big Jewish Food Fest

The Great Big Jewish Food Fest, a 10-day virtual festival launching Tuesday, May 19,  that celebrates the diversity and richness of Jewish cuisine and the robust food industry that keeps it alive. With over 49 presenters, the event will run through the Holiday of Shavuot on May 28.


Featured presenters, who range from Gail Simmons and Mike Solomonov to Adeena Sussman, Ruth Reichl, Joan Nathan, will lead cooking workshops and demos, one-on-one conversations and happy hours, discussions on the role of food in Jewish identity and community, and more.


With home cooking on the rise in the wake of the pandemic, and the struggles of both the restaurant industry and the greater community brought into focus, the festival’s organizers sought to create a series of intimate, dynamic programs, all featured on Zoom, Instagram and Facebook -- and all free -- that would connect the public with some of the food world’s greatest talents, while celebrating Jewish heritage and cuisine in the process.


More information,  along with the current lineup and donation page,  can be found on the festival website at  The festival encourages participants to make donations to help support the food industry professionals and businesses who have been negatively impacted, and those who are food insecure, during these difficult times. Donations will  go to The Jewish Food Society, James Beard Good for Good Foundation, JDC’s Coronavirus Emergency Fund to Provide Aid to Vulnerable Jews, Repair the World’s Spring into Solidarity Campaign for for Food Justice and Mazon, a Jewish Response to Hungar-Quick Reaction Fund.