Los Angeles, CA – What do James Beard Award-winning author David Sax and local star chefs Roxana Jullapat
of Cooks County, Akasha Richmond of Akasha, and Micah Wexler of Mezze
have in common? They all love their bubbies’ cooking.
Join LA’s hottest award-winning chefs and Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Times
restaurant critic Jonathan Gold on Nov. 13 for a salon-style
conversation hosted by Evan Kleiman of KCRW's “Good Food.”
Just in time for the holidays, when food, family and memories intersect, the
live event at the Skirball
Cultural Center will officially launch the Beyond Bubbie website (http://www.BeyondBubbie.com),
an interactive community cookbook and place to tell stories of food and its
place in our lives.
The “recipe” for the evening includes a handful of storytelling, a pinch of
tasty nosh and a splash of wine. Tickets for the program and appetizers are
available at http://beyondbubbielosangeles.eventbrite.com/#.
Drinks will be sold separately at the event.
This program is sponsored by Reboot, with support from the Jewish Federation of
Los Angeles and the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation.
Guests are encouraged to bring a favorite recipe to be entered into a drawing
for gift certificates from Mezze and Cooks County restaurants. All contributed
recipes will also be highlighted on the Beyond Bubbie website.
This event launches BeyondBubbie.com - an interactive website which aims to
spark an intergenerational conversation about history, memory and food.
Although “bubbie” is the Yiddish word for grandmother, the site embraces our
eclectic multicultural world, and acknowledges that a “bubbie” could just as
easily be a favorite uncle, beloved family friend or next-door neighbor whose
trademark recipes might be Moroccan cigars, Korean short ribs, or vegetarian
“Everyone's bubbie has a recipe, and every Bubbie's recipe holds a great story.
They tend to be forgotten if they're not written down, and with so many
Bubbies working off fading memories, tattered index cards, and worn synagogue
cookbook, we figured it was time to put out a call for the recipes and stories
of bubbies everywhere,” said Sax, author of Save the Deli. “Not just
Yiddish-speaking-chicken-in-the pot bubbies, but Sephardic-couscous bubbies,
Filipino-nanny-pancit-on-Friday-night bubbies, and
For some, the site is a place to remember and honor a bubbie, while for others
it could mean taking a beloved recipe and reinventing it. Or it could be
a place to incorporate ingredients from childhood into more modern staples.
Gefilte fish tacos, anyone?
Contributors include Joan
Nathan, award-winning author of cookbooks, including Jewish Cooking in
America; Jeffrey Yoskowitz, founding editor of the storytelling site Pork
Memoirs (http://www.porkmemoirs.com) and a founding
partner of The Gefilteria in New York; Ann Kirk, star pastry chef of Tom
Bergin’s Tavern in Los Angeles; and Leo Beckerman, owner of the widely-praised
Wise Sons Deli in San Francisco.
Live launch events with stories, performances and interviews with celebrity
chefs will be also be held Jan. 24, 2013 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in
San Francisco and late January at the 92Y in Manhattan.
Reboot is a New York-based non-profit group designed to re-imagine the culture,
traditions and rituals of Jewish life. The project is sponsored by the Koret
Foundation and the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation.