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Italian Seder at AR Cucina in Los Angeles

April 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm




A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World

Monday April 10th, Arrival & Reception 6:00pm, Seder 6:30pm

From the James Beard Award-winning, much-loved cookbook author and authority: an around-the-world collection of recipes from the global Jewish diaspora—an essential book of cooking and culture.

Driven by a passion for discovery, King Solomon is said to have sent ships to all corners of the ancient world, initiating a mass cross-pollination of culinary cultures that continues to bear fruit today. With King Solomon’s appetites and explorations in mind, here celebrated author Joan Nathan gathers more than 170 recipes that span the millennia: from classics like Yemenite Chicken Soup with Dill, Cilantro, and Parsley; Spinach and Feta Bourekas; Hummus with Preserved Lemon and Cumin; and Hamantaschen with Poppy Seed or Chocolate Filling…to contemporary riffs on traditional dishes such as Smokey Shakshuka with Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant; Homemade Herbed Labneh with Beets and Puy Lentils; Baghdadi Chicken with Rice, Coconut, and Cilantro; and Roman Ricotta Cheese Torte. We travel with Joan from India to France, from Italy to Mexico, from El Salvador to Israel and, of course, all across North America, in a gorgeously illustrated culinary exploration that is filled with fascinating historical details, personal histories, and fantastic recipes that showcase the diversity of Jewish cuisine. It is the most ambitious and satisfying book of Joan Nathan’s stellar, four decades-long career.

Monday April 10th, 2017
The Seder will be led by Rabbi Laura Owens*

arrival & reception, 6 pm
chopped chicken liver
sicilian eggplant caponata, jewish-style
salmon gefilte mold with beet horsradish
matzoh & gluten free matzoh

seder & dinner to follow 6:30 pm
seder plate
roasted egg | beet horseradish
roasted shank bone | vegetables & bitter herbs
halleq, persian haroset
dates, apples, pistachios,  pomegranate juice
ferrara, haroset
chestnuts, pine nuts, pears and dried fruit
matzoh & gluten free matzoh
first course-served family style
long cooked eggs with spinach
moroccan beet & orange salad with pistachios
tunisian carrot salad with cumin, coriander & caraway
matbucha, north african cooked tomato salad
spiced fried matzo
main course-choose one
braised short ribs with almonds, dried plums & star anise
double-lemon roast chicken with carrot, fennel & sundried tomatoes
akasha’s eggplant bake with almond ricotta
paprikás krumpli, hungarian roasted potatoes with onions
carciofi alla giudia, fried artichokes-jewish style
dessert-family style
walnut-almond macaroons with raspberry jam
cashew nut strudel with guava & lime
ginger almond sponge cake with cardamom & pistachios
local market berries
$95.00 per person, includes house wine or juice & signed cookbook
$45.00, for children under 12, includes juice, & no cookbook
exclusive of tax & gratuity

Passover food rules are strictly followed. Dinner is prepared “Kosher Style”. Dinner contains no dairy.

Reservations only, please call 310.558.8800

*Our Seder Leader: Rabbi Laura Owens

Rabbi Laura Owens received her BA from the University of Southern California in Theatre Arts and spent most of her adult life as an actress and theatrical producer, with several years as an archaeologist working in Southwestern New Mexico. For twenty years she was the co-artistic director of The MET Theatre in Hollywood, and for ten years served as Chair of the Board of the renowned Padua Hills Theatre Festival.
Ordained as a rabbi in 2008 at the transdenominational Academy for Jewish Religion Californa, Rabbi Laura now serves as the Co-Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Horin – Children of Freedom in Los Angeles, one of the nation’s oldest Renewal congregations. She also conducts creative lifecycle events throughout the Los Angeles area. Rabbi Laura is a member of the Southern California Board of Rabbis and serves on the Board of Directors of AJRCA. She is married to director/producer Jack Bender, and they are the proud parents of two grown daughters, Sophie and Hannah.


April 10, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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AR Cucina
9531 Culver Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90232 United States