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Kosher Food Fest in Minnesota, Jan. 11, 2015

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Eight Kosher Industry Pioneers Honored at Kosherfeast PDF Print E-mail

Kosher Industry Pioneers Honored
From KosherToday

NEW YORK — On the night before Kosherfest, nearly 100 world-renowned kosher food personalities, cookbook authors, brands, and kosher foodies honored eight kosher food industry pioneers who have each achieved significant milestones in the kosher food industry. The honorees included; Susie Fishbein, Laura Frankel, Norene Gilletz, David Herzog, Levana Kirschenbaum, Menachem Lubinsky, Gil Marks, and Joan Nathan. Each was presented a keepsake Rosle soup ladle, especially engraved for the occasion.

The evening was co-produced by parenting blogger Esti Berkowitz of primetimeparenting.com and Roberta Scher co-founder and executive editor of KosherEye.com. Even as these pioneers were being recognized for their contributions to the kosher food industry, announcements of new projects were revealed. Gil Marks and Susie Fishbein will be collaborating for Zman Magazine, a monthly column featuring a unique presentation of Jewish culinary history and culture with panache. Joan Nathan shared news that the milestone series Jewish Cooking in America, which was nominated for the James Beard Award for Best National Television Food Show will soon be available on DVD.

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In addition to the Kosher Pioneers, there were surprises for those newer on the kosher scene. Several individuals were recognized for their vision, their entrepreneurial skills and their success in paving new paths in the kosher world. The 2013 Cutting Edge Kosher Awards went to Gloria Kobrin, developer of the KosherCookbook.com; Jesse Blonder, founder of the Kosher Culinary Institute, the first state-of-the art Culinary Institution especially for the kosher-minded chef, Jamie Geller of the Kosher Media Network, and Alex Rapaport of Masbia Soup Kitchen. Each was presented a specially selected chef's knife provided by Shun of Japan.

Cutting Edge Award photo courtesy of Gloria Kobrin, KosherCookbook.com

 

 
A Mesmerizing 30 Minutes at Kosherfest PDF Print E-mail

Annual Kosherfest Culinary Competition
by Menachem Lubinsky, KosherToday Editor in chief

At times, schmoozing with Ms. Geller and, at times, glancing back at the array of ingredients behind them, the three contestants produced a striking dish within the half hour allotted them. Frankly, I felt lucky that I was not a judge because it was just such a difficult choice. All three were simply outstanding and I would not hesitate to have any of them cook a dinner for me that included the president of the United States.

I usually get to see just snippets of one of the best attended events at the annual Kosherfest, the Annual Kosherfest Culinary Competition. This time, I stood my ground the entire 30 minutes. That's right just 30 minutes to watch three leading chefs of upscale kosher foods make an extraordinary dish. In the end it was Chef Casey Colaneri, the executive chef of the Sushi Metsuyan Restaurant in Monsey, NY and Teaneck, NJ, who won the $1000 prize. Chef Casey went so far as to predict that kosher cuisine would go far beyond where it is today.

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Chef Casey Colaneri

Each of the three competing chefs was given 30 minutes to cook one entrée from scratch using only a basket of mystery ingredients and a limited pantry of basic staples. Colaneri competed with Jose Soto, Executive Chef, Basil Restaurant in Brooklyn; and David Teyf, Chef & Owner, Lox Café at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan. The emcee was best-selling cookbook author and Joy of Kosher and Kosher Media Network founder Jamie Geller as host. The competition was sponsored by Jack's Gourmet, an innovative kosher meat company that made waves last year with the introduction of a high quality, surprisingly authentic bacon substitute made from beef called "facon." The panel of judges was comprised of Philippe Kaemmerle, Chef and Instructor at The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts, Jack Silberstein, Owner, Jack's Gourmet, and Roberta Scher, Co-founder and Managing Editor of Koshereye.com

 
2013 Kosherfest New Product Winners PDF Print E-mail
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Winners of the 2013 Kosherfest new product competition were announced today. An impressive 140 new products were entered . The overall best of show winner was the the Corim Single Serve k Cup, available in three flavors – chai tea, pareve cappuccino and hot chocolate – introduced by Corim Industries of Brick, New Jersey, was selected by judges today. The product also won in the "Beverages" category. Read about all the winners.

 

CorimBevCups

Best New Beverage

*    BEST IN SHOW/BEST NEW PRODUCT

Single serve beverage cups (Cappuccino, hot chocolate, and chai tea) for k-cup brewers, Corim Industries

 

Goldbaums

Best New Bread, Grain, Cereal or Cracker

Goldbaum’s Gluten Free Flatbreads, Natural and Tasty LLC

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Best New Candy

Sugarless Rosemarie Parve & Rosemarie Milk Chocolates, Schmerling's

Anderson_cheese

Best New Cheese or Dairy Item

Natural & Kosher Cheese Maker Selection, Anderson International Foods, Inc.

KJPoultry

Best New Deli Meat

Breaded Chicken Fries, KJ Poultry

Melissa

Best New Desserts/Baked Good

Baked by Melissa Cupcakes, Baked by Melissa

Oxygen

Best New Dip/Spread/Salsa

Oxygen Pomegranate & Teriyaki Sauce, Oxygen Imports

Tassotortila

Best New Frozen Entree

Tássol Tortilla Española, Sterling Sales

PassHaggadah

Best New Gift or Novelty Item

Passover Haggadah (in shape of wine bottle), AGN Ltd – Publishers

 

Rashis

 

Best New Kosher for Passover Item

Finchi's Decadent Chocolate Mousse, Finchi's by Aunti Rashi dba/Aunti Rashi's  Goodies LLC

HickorySmkBeef

Beat New Meat/Seafood/Poultry

Hickory Smoked Beef Brisket, Premier Tasty Meats Inc.

 

MikeeMac

 

Best New Pasta, Rice, Bean or Soup

Mikee Mac Non-Dairy Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, Exotic Sauce Packaging, Inc.

 

SolomonsSippets

Best New Savory & Salty Snack Food

Solomon's Sippets - Soup Croutons, Kashrut Authority / R.Solomon & Co P/L

BuffaloZinger

Best New Savory Condiment, Spice, Oil, Sauce, Vinegar, Dressing or Marinade

Buffalo Zinger Sauce, Carlos and Gabby's Smokehouse

MattsMunchies

Best New Sweet Snack

Matt's Munchies Premium Fruit Snack, Mauzone Mania

HappyHearts

Best New Wine/Beers/Spirit:

Domain Ventura Merons, Happy Hearts Wine

 

Kosherfest 2013, October 29 - 30 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ, marks the show’s 25th anniversary.  The event is sold out with an excess of 300 exhibitors.  Open to the trade only, Kosherfest 2013 is expected to attract more than 6,000 food and food service professionals from all over the world, and will showcase thousands of kosher products from more than 20 countries.

The two-day show will host a series of educational programs, seminars, an “Authors Hour” featuring new kosher cookbooks, and a Culinary Cook-off featuring chefs competing from among the area’s top kosher restaurants.  The kosher food business is a $12 billion market growing at a rate of 15%.

For information and a complete list of show events and exhibitors, visit www.kosherfest.com

 

 
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Who's Watching the Hen House

Follow-up to KosherBuzz Antibiotic Resistant Chicken

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This editorial is co-authored by Timothy D. Lytton   a professor of law at Albany Law School. and Joe M. Regenstein, Ph.D,  professor of food science in Cornell University’s Department of Food Science. It discusses the recent findings of  high levels of antibiotic resistant  e-coli in kosher chickens.

A more likely explanation for the elevated E. coli levels lies in feather removal. The most efficient and common way to remove chicken feathers is to soak the carcass in scalding water, which makes the feathers easier to pluck mechanically. Kosher restrictions do not allow for any form of cooking a chicken — which includes immersion in scalding water — until after the meat has been soaked and salted to remove the blood. As a result, kosher production requires chickens to be dry plucked or soaked in very cold water to firm up the flesh so that it survives an automatic plucking process. Immersion in scalding water prior to plucking of non-kosher poultry production reduces microbial load, by either washing microbes away or by killing them, which might account for differences between kosher and other production methods. This merits further investigation.

Drs. Lytton and Regenstein both agree that recent findings  may raise food safety concerns. However, the exact implications of this research with respect to both kosher and non-kosher poultry merits further research, and it must be based on a better understanding of kosher poultry production and regulation.

Read their entire editorial.

 
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Antibiotic Resistant Kosher Chicken

A Troubling Report

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We are always searching for the cleanest, safest, highest quality kosher poultry brands. That is why we were concerned with the report we received last week in a study funded and published by food scientists from the University of Arizona, The study outlines the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria in retail chicken, comparing conventional, organic, kosher, and raised without antibiotics. KosherEye spoke with Jack Millman, author of the study and a student at The University of Arizona. Millman, along with a team of scientists from the university, will be delving further into the issue. They declined to disclose the brand names involved in the research. We will be following up.

The report summary can be found here.
See more at here.

This week we also read about a salmonella outbreak sourced to a non-kosher California poultry plant.

Do practice safe handling, storage and cooking to avoid contamination from poultry and meat bacteria. Please see the following for poultry safe handling and preparation tips:

http://www.nationalchickencouncil.org/important-food-safety-tips-for-poultry

http://www.fightbac.org/component/content/article/2/250-chicken-and-other-poultry-basics-of-safe-handling-and-preparation

 

 
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Kosher Update: Wonder Bread

The OU is now certifying Wonder Bread products in certain (but not all) regions of the US. Wonder Bread products that are certified will bear an OU symbol. Those products that don't bear an OU are not certified.

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Sukkot Coloring Page

From our friend Ann D. Koffsky — artist, illustrator and children's book author — another delightful creation, a Sukkot Coloring page for kids. Just print the page and let your "little" artists create their own masterpiece; they will have such fun! While you are visiting Ann's website, please browse and view her wonderful Judaic art work.

 
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KosherEye is happy to support jgives.

Our lives are so busy that it's often hard to find the time to relax let alone to give tzedakah. Along with the founders of jdeal, we introduce a new philanthropic tool – jgives.com, a website where you can sift through jgives approved charities so you can easily choose where to make your donation. The best part is after one donation, your payment details are securely stored so that next time it's just a click!

This week is the 10 days of repentance (Aseret Yemei Teshuva), and jgives wants to make sure that everyone is a part of this new giving revolution. So, for this week (September 9th – September 13th), every donor will be entered into a draw to win a further donation of $50 to the charity of their choice AND a further $50 credit for jdeal as a reward for giving!

This is a chance not to miss out on. With a simple donation of as little as $9, you could have the chance to give $50 to your charity of choice!

 

 
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Rosh Hashanah Symbolic Foods

An explanation of some of the symbolic foods of Rosh Hashanah
From various sources

We eat different vegetables, fruits and other foods whose names are an allusion for the good:

  • We dip apples in honey to signify our wish for a "good and sweet new year."
  • We eat beans (rubiyah) to 'increase' and carrots (mehren in yiddish) to 'increase'-we ask the Almighty for our merits to increase; some believe these indicate fertility and prosperity.
  • We eat leeks, which in aramaic are karasai, also meaning 'to cut off'. We ask Hashem to cut off our enemies.
  • We eat beets, in aramaic silka, also meaning 'remove' and pray that our adversaries be removed.
  • We eat dates, in aramaic tamrai, and we ask Hashem that our enemies be consumed (yetamu).
  • We eat gourds (eg. Pumpkin, squash), in aramaic kara, and ask the Almighty to tear (kara) our sentences and proclaim (kara) our merits.
  • We eat pomegranates and ask that our merits should be as numerous as the "613" seeds of a pomegranate.
  • We eat fish heads with a request to be fruitful and multiply like fish.
  • We eat (or at least mention) the head of a sheep with the wish that the Jewish people should be the leaders.

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KosherFeast Social Media Dinner
Let the Feasting Begin!

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The third annual pre- Kosherfest Social Media Dinner, KosherFeast 2013, will be held on Monday October 28th from 5pm – 9pm at The J Soho restaurant in Manhattan. Influential Food writers, culinary editors, media personalities, recipe bloggers, cookbook authors and food brand professionals are invited to attend. The 2011 and 2012 event were both sold out, with a waiting list.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kosherfest, and some of the pioneers in the kosher food industry will be recognized including  luminaries such as Susie Fishbein, Laura Frankel, Norene Gilletz, David Herzog, Gil Marks, Levana Kirschenbaum, Menachem Lubinsky, Joan Nathan, and several more kosher industry stars. The Manischewitz Company  is a premier sponsor of the event. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Met Council, a New York area organization focused on Jewish poverty.

A three-course gourmet dinner, including a chef’s surprise tasting and wine pairing will be presented by J Soho restaurateur, Henry Stimler and his culinary team. Tickets are  $70 per person.   The evening is being coordinated by Esti Berkowitz, of PrimeTimeParenting.com and Roberta Scher of KosherEye.com.

Click here to order tickets.
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KosherFeast Social Media Dinner
Monday evening, October 28th at the JSoho, NYC
Networking and Wine Tasting 5-6      Feasting and Program 6-9

A Peek at the Feast

Starters
Creamy Romaine Salad
  with Black Peppercorn dressing, Garlic & herbed Croutons
  Spring Rolls with Julianne Cucumbers, Sweet Mustard

Entrées
  Petit Fillet  Steak ~or ~
  Salmon with Tomato & Arugula Salad ~or~
  Butternut Squash Risotto

Sides
  French Fried Potatoes finished with truffle oil
  Whipped sweet potatoes, Oven Roasted Vegetables

Dessert
  Chocolate cake ~or~ Strawberry short cake
 
Wine sampling & Chef's surprises throughout the evening

Click here to order tickets .
Includes a Brimming Swag Bag to Go

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