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Kosherfest 2011

 

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Kosherfest is the world’s largest kosher-certified products trade event serving the retail and foodservice industries. This year it is taking place on Nov 8th and 9th in the Meadowlands Exposition Center, in Secaucus NJ.

We will be there this year – look for us in Booth #346. Click to see floor plan. If you stop by our booth and sign up for our weekly newsletter you will have a chance to win a one-year subscription to the Joy of Kosher Magazine with Jamie Geller.


 

Quick & Kosher TV Debut!!

 

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We have some really great news for you – Jamie Geller’s Quick & Kosher online cooking show is coming to television! JLTV will be premiering the first episode on Monday October 31, at 9pm ET & PT!

For viewing info in your area please click here.


 

Sweet Genius – A New Food Network Show

 

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Master pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel is the Sweet Genius, and host of a brand new show premiering on the Food Network this Thursday, September 22nd at 10pm ET/PT.  Each week four of America’s top pastry chefs will compete against each other for a $10,000 cash prize – creating magical and inventive desserts, while being given an inspiration, surprise ingredients, and a limited amount of time.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Ron Ben-Israel is used to hearing applause. Before embarking on a career as a pastry artist, Ben-Israel enjoyed a fifteen-year career as a professional modern dancer.  I couldn’t control my curiosity.  What kind of person would trade ballet slippers for a baking pan?  “I always enjoyed Israeli folk dancing, and even while attending art school I continued performing,” explains Ben-Israel,“but after finishing my three years of [army] service I was able to devote myself to practicing ballet and modern techniques, and was accepted to one of the top companies in Israel at the time, Bat Dor. I performed and toured for years, and while in Canada I fell in love with the art of being a pastry chef.  Consequently, when I had to retire from professional dancing, I found a new stage at the kitchen.”


 

Remembering Rogov

 

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With sadness we mourn the passing of Daniel Rogov, author of “Rogov’s Guide to Israeli Wines” and “Rogov’s Guide to World Kosher Wines,” columnist for HaAretz and a frequent contributor to JoyofKosher.com.  Rogov, a self-described “curmudgeon” helped popularize the emerging Israeli wine and culinary scene with great honesty and integrity. His loss will be felt both personally and throughout the food and wine world.

Rogov’s last words can be found on his wine forum – Wine Lover’s Page.


 

Finally – Kosher Blue Cheese!

 

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The Cheese Guy has been in the gourmet food business for close to 20 years, and has always had a passion for fine cheeses. Having grown up in the Midwest, he also has an appreciation for the small family-owned dairy farms. Fortunately he has been able to combine the two passions.

His company “The Cheese Guy” is dedicated to the production and distribution of high end, artisanal, kosher, and natural cheeses, primarily from small U.S. creameries.


 

Exclusive Webinar – “Mainstreaming...

 

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“Mainstreaming” Kosher: Taking Ethnic/ Specialty Foods to the Masses and Growing Beyond your Specialty Niche

Join us for this first installment in a series of webinars designed to help position your product for growth in the kosher market.


 

Lone Tree Beer – L’Chaim!

 

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I had the merit to be in Israel in July of this year, and after discussions with David Shire, part owner of the Lone Tree Brewery we arranged for me to make the trek out to his brewery, located in the heart of Gush Etzion.

It’s a small operation – a microbrewery – but it’s a brewery with gumption. Its logo is bright and vivid and promises a kaleidoscope of taste. The hand-crafted beer delivers on this promise, and how!


 

Kosher Restaurant GPS

 

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Kosher Travelers! Are you looking to eliminate the stress of finding a kosher restaurant, a local minyan or mikvah when you’re on the go? Introducing the KRGPS App! First ever strictly kosher not from a public database with free discount coupons.

The KRGPS App is your one-stop solution for all your kosher needs. Updated DAILY, this iPhone application spotlights everything kosher in your area, taking the guesswork out of kosher travel. So whether you’re looking to “Eat, Daven or Dip”, the KRGPS App is your go-to source for 1000′s of restaurants, minyanim and mikvahs across North America.


 

Empire Kosher is now Green Kosher

 

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As you know, as the world’s oldest and largest producer of kosher
chicken and turkey, Empire Kosher has a long history of respecting and
adhering to the rituals of kosher slaughter. However, beginning with
its transfer to current ownership in 2003 , Empire has taken its focus
a step further to ensure that its ethical practices are respected as
diligently as its ritual practices.

“Empire has always been a highly-regarded producer of kosher
products,” Greg Rosenbaum, Empire’s CEO recently told us. “Now, we’re
also developing an admired reputation for being socially and
environmentally conscious, as well as truly natural, in every step of
the production process. Empire is Green Kosher.”


 

Royal Wine Corp. Introduces Drappier Champagne

 

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Royal Wine Corp., the largest importer & distributor of kosher wines in North America and Champagne Drappier, the highly regarded Champagne house, are proud to announce a joint venture whereby Royal Wine Corp. will import & distribute the first ever kosher cuvees from the famed Champagne Domaine.

Royal Wine Corp.’s traveling winemaker Pierre Miodownick participated in the vinification of the two kosher cuvee’s, a project several years in the making. The release is set to take place towards the end of the summer, in time for the upcoming Jewish New Year.


 

Announcing the Accidental Muffin

 

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The Exceptional Dessert, LLC, the New York City based baker of boutique kosher cakes and cookies introduces a new line of muffins. Established in 2004, as the Exceptional Brownie, the company expanded in 2007 to include a variety of seasonal desserts. The Exceptional Dessert is known for its all-natural, kosher brownies, cakes and cookies, handcrafted in small batches.

According to co-president Claire Sauerhoff, the muffins were not born out of years of R&D but rather one happy accident. “We wanted to send out samples of our honey cakes and applesauce crumb cakes to retailers for the fall selling season. Unable to find the right sized, most cost effective baking trays, we settled on a muffin tin to bake the samples. When my partner and I saw the finished product, we realized that our samples actually made the perfect muffin … moist inside with a caramelized, crunchy top.”


 

New Products From the Fancy Food Show

 

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Who says nothing can get done in Washington?  I recently came back from a food-filled day trip to Washington, D.C. where I attended the 57th Summer Fancy Food Show.  It is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages in North America. The exhibit halls were filled to capacity with as many as 180,000 products including the latest in single-origin chocolate, artisanal cheese, olive oil, salsas, snacks, teas and spice blends, many of them with kosher certification.

I want to share with you a few of my favorite discoveries.


 

PopBar Gelato Goodness ***GIVEAWAY***

 

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It’s summer and there is nothing quite as refreshing as ice cream or sorbet – well, if you don’t have a pool to dive into to cool off.

A new concept in frozen desserts has hit the streets of New York. Frozen Gelato on a stick – and it’s KOSHER! [National Kosher Supervision (Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman)]  Less fat that ice cream, using fresh ingredients and no preservatives, the many varieties of PopBars are a low calorie refreshment sure to please. PopBar also makes Sorbet Pops and Yogurt Pops too. In fact, they have such a wealth of flavors that you can create your own bar with your own combination of flavors and toppings.


 

CKCA Introduces New Curriculum

 

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America’s Only Kosher Professional Baking & Pastry Program Introduces New Curriculum

French Pastry Chef Instructs Students in Advanced Pastry Arts


 

5th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Contest

 

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Jamie Geller was one of the judges at the 5th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-off at which Stuart Davis, 45, from Cherry Hill, NJ with his Chicken and Egg Donburi (recipe can be found on the Manischewitz website) was crowned King of Kosher on Thursday March 31 2011. Davis received a grand prize worth $25,000 which includes: state of the art kitchen appliances, cash, over night stay in NYC, crystal trophy, and Manischewitz product.

Stuart was selected as a finalist through the “Online Voting” component that allowed consumers to have a say in the finalist selection process. The other four contestants were selected from thousands of entries.