Berlin launches first-ever Jewish food week


The gap between Purim and Passover has to be filled with something - why not "Nosh Berlin"?

Billed as the "first ever Jewish food week" in Germany's capital, "Nosh Berlin" is a seven-day adventure in Jewish, or Jewish-style, eating, that takes participants on a treasure hunt from one restaurant to the next, day by day.

It's the brainchild of journalist Liv Fleischhacker and Laurel Kratochvil, who owns the "Fine Bagels" bakery in the Shakespeare and Sons bookstore on Warschauer Strasse in former east Berlin.

The event highlights both traditional food and nouvelle Jewish cuisine - and includes cooking classes, meals, markets, demos from chefs, film screenings, musical performances and Sabbath dinners.

In an interview with a Berlin blog, Das Filter, Ms Fleischhacker said that "many people still hesitate to go public with their Jewish cooking traditions". For the Nosh partners, that's history.

The week began Friday night with a Moroccan Jewish menu by Yuval Belhans and Mayaan Meir of Kiddush; continued on Saturday with a breakfast market with everything from bagels and smoked fish to jachnun, injera and bagels; and will run through to next Sunday, concluding with a screening of the surprisingly hilarious film by Israeli director Mor Kaplansky, Cafe Nagler, about the Jewish cafe culture in Berlin of the 1920s.

Non-Jewish eateries are serving special Jewish menus for the event - like the Italian restaurant Cafè Botanico, which will prepare a dinner based on the Jewish roman kitchen; and Sophie and Xenia von Oswald ( who will present a Persian Sabbath menu.

The public can sign up for single events - and the price is reasonable.

The timing is perfect: Between two holidays that celebrate the triumph of life over death, liberation from slavery. As we say, they tried to kill us and failed. So? Let's eat!

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