Celebrating Jewish Food at the Book & Arts Festival

Monday, November 4, 2019
Posted by: Amy Rahmani, Director, Arts & Culture

Laykie and ZiggyWe're excited to be celebrating Jewish food on Wednesday, Nov 13 - Closing Night of the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival with Alana Newhouse and her book, The 100 Most Jewish Foods. What better way to celebrate Jewish food than having a dinner created by two of Houston's iconic Jewish chefs?

This pre-author talk dinner at 6:00 PM will be catered through a collaboration with Ziggy Gruber and Laykie Donin with a menu inspired by the book. 

Ziggy Gruber, owner of Kenny & Ziggy’s and Laykie Donin, chef and owner of Laykie’s Gourmet Café at the J will be cooking the dinner together in Laykie’s kitchen at the J. When they both met to discuss this idea they realized they had more in common than they realized: both chefs are New Yorkers, serious foodies, speak Yiddish, and both wear and have an appreciation of cool glasses.

Laykie shared, “I am really looking forward to collaborating with Ziggy on this upcoming dinner. I am excited about doing this for the community. I know we will share some good ideas and better laughs!”

Guests will choose from Ziggy and Laykie’s menu created specifically for the event featuring pastrami on rye, bagel with freshly cut nova, chef salad with tuna, or an Israeli themed ‘Sabich Salad’. The sandwich options will include coleslaw and a pickle and all dinners will feature babka for dessert.

Dinner tickets are $23 in advance or $28 at the door. The advance price level will end on Monday, November 11 at 4:00 PM.

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Grab your friends and experience some of the 100 most Jewish foods!


Category: Arts and Culture