As reported in the New York Times this week:
For avid whiskey lovers, few events are more eagerly anticipated than WhiskyFest, an enormous tasting that touches down in several American cities throughout the year. But when sponsors of the New York festival suddenly moved it last year from Tuesday to Friday and Saturday, many regulars were unable to attend.
An alternative arrived suddenly in the form of a new one-night event, held on the eve of WhiskyFest. Despite little time to advertise, it drew a crowd of 250 to its unlikely Manhattan location: the West Side Institutional Synagogue.
These whiskey devotees, it turned out, were Jews shut out of the big event because they observe the Sabbath. And to drive home the point of the tasting, its founder, the fledgling Jewish Whisky Company, called it Whisky Jewbilee.
Read all about the Whisky Jewbilee including quotes from Royal Wine’s wine and spirits educator, Shlomo Blashka.
Great News about Frozen Grapes!
In our quest to find the best of the best designer ice cubes, we came upon this fabulous, fabulous idea for frozen grapes. No work, and your guests will love this. WOW! Simply wash, dry and freeze seedless red or green grapes. When available, we prefer organic. Select a bottle of medium dry or dry red wine, such as a Merlot, a Syrah or a Cab and drop in the frozen red or black grapes. Or, for a white wine, use frozen green grapes.
Miracles & Meals with Joanne Caras
Season 2 on Jewish Life Television
The TV show Miracles & Meals with Joanne Caras begins its second season on JLTV (Jewish Life Television), on Monday, June 10th. The show shares stories and recipes of Holocaust Survivors. It is filmed in Port St. Lucie at Caras’ home, and is based on her two books, "The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook" and "Miracles & Meals." Both books share recipes and stories of Holocaust survivors and their families and experiences -- stories Caras believes should not be forgotten.
Ladders to Heaven by Rachel Willen
Congratulations to the talented Chef Rachel Willen for publishing her first novel, Ladders to Heaven. We have recently featured Rachel as our guest food columnist, and then she amazed us by sharing news of the publication of her new book, a fictional work about friendships, family dynamics and struggles of 1990's Jewish life in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The novel has been compared to Katterskill Falls, The Red Tent and The Ladies Auxiliary in content – which is at times a bit racy. The book's protaganists face the challenges and questions relating to their community, their daily lives and the religious ideals which surround them. The story is both critical and supportive of life in Crown Heights.
But, please be aware, that the author does explore the characters in an explicit, somewhat risqué way – touching on topics including love, gender, faith, abuse, rascism and the conflicts of secular and religious worlds. If this is a genre you would enjoy, it is a page-turner.
To buy the book, click here: Ladders To Heaven
It's Grilling Season
Summer is almost here – Time for picnics, barbecues and outdoor entertaining. In addition to serving family favorite dishes, keeping food safe should be at the top of the list. Of prime importance is food safety from start to finish, keeping cold food properly cool, and cooking food to reach optimum safe temperatures.
Hagafen Cellars Winery is Certified Green!
Congratulations to Ernie Weir, Aine Kelly and the Hagafen Cellars team for being proclaimed an official Napa Green Certified Winery.
Napa Green is the wine industry's most comprehensive, "best practices" program for land-use and wine production. This voluntary program is focused on independently certified, environmentally sound farming and production methods that meet and exceed more than twenty local, state and federal "best practices." Napa Valley vintners and growers develop farm-specific plans tailored to protect and enhance the ecological quality of the region, or create production facility programs that reduce energy and water use, waste and pollution. The Napa Green programs are open to all Napa County vintners and grape growers.
Shavuot Coloring Page
From our friend Ann D. Koffsky - talented illustrator, children's book author and speaker - two printable coloring pages: one for Shavuot and another for Yom Yerushalayim, a day which commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem. Just print the pages and let your "little" artists color their own masterpieces; Such fun!
While you are visiting Ann's website, http://annkoffsky.com, do browse her colorful and meaningful Judaic art work.
Ann is the illustrator of the new book Thank You For Me- based on the Rick Recht song "Kobi's Lullaby".
Rodent Infestation at Kosher Food Warehouse in Queens
The mission of KosherEye is to make our readers aware of trends and developments related to the kosher culinary world. Sometimes this is difficult to report – because the news may not be positive. We feel that we are obligated to share the following story that broke last week about a product many of us have in our pantries - KoJel.
Inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration seized more than $1 million worth of foodstuff after finding widespread rodent infestation in a Ridgewood, Queens warehouse. The company previously had been notified multiple times to correct the situation.
Among other publications, this disturbing story was reported in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Online and The New York Post. KoJel is manufactured by V.I.P Foods. In addition to KoJel, V. I. P. Foods produces instant pudding, hot chocolate mix and instant noodle soup.
Chai Kosher Poultry of Canada is Closing
As reported in the Canadian Jewish News, we are sad to report that Chai Kosher Poultry is closing on May 3. (See the news article here.)
Chai was our favorite brand of kosher poultry – so clean and nearly featherless. Do let us know which brands are your favorites and why? Do you buy organic? Share the information at email@example.com or visit our Facebook page - facebook.com/koshereye.
We wrote an article on the subject of clean chicken in 2010, and we plan to update it this year.
Chai Kosher Chicken Wings Another Brand of Kosher Chicken Wings
Mint Savor mints are available in exotic flavors and exude just plain "expressive" fun. The tins are compact, slide open smoothly, and can be kept in a pocket or purse. Each flavor (4 to be exact) is guaranteed to "Save Your Breath for every occasion".
The Mint Savor Flavors:
• Peppermint for the "admirably smart and elegant"
• Pomegranate Passion Fruit for "your flirtatious side"
• Mojito for the "party animal"
• Tangerine for that" sweet-then-sour personality"
All flavors are sugar free and certified kosher parve by the Star-K
Approximately $4 per tin
For more information or to purchase go to: Mintsavor.com
Mint Savor supports Autism Awareness
April is National Autism Awareness Month. Mint Savor has partnered with the National Autism Association (NAA) to support autism awareness. With the purchase of every special autism awareness tin, Mint Savor will make a donation to NAA - so that all affected by Autism can reach their full potential.
Dear Readers -- Autism Awareness is a cause very dear to our hearts and our family. For more information on NAA's mission and available programs or ways you can help, visit www.nationalautismassociation.org or learn about autism on the website autismspeaks.org.