Israeli Cuisine: A Multi-Sensory Experience

1 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065

Israel may have been founded in 1948, but it took almost 40 more years for a distinctive Israeli cuisine to emerge. Join Joan and chefs Lior Lev Sercarz and Michael Solomonov for an evening of discussion and tasting. The multi-sensory experience will explore the scope of Israeli cuisine, define its unique characteristics and follow the nascent history of Israeli food—from its roots to its current position as one of the most sought after cuisines in the United States.

The evening will be moderated by documentary filmmaker Roger Sherman, director of the upcoming PBS series The Search for Israeli Cuisine—A Portrait of the Israeli People Told Through Food, airing in Spring 2015.

Expect a lively discussion, personal stories, clips from the upcoming PBS series, insights from the guests and of course, a tasting to follow.

For more information and to register, see The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center website. 

6th Annual Latke Festival

Venue: Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St New York, NY 10011

Joan will judge all things latke at the 6th Annual Latke Festival in New York City on December 15. Watch and enjoy as restaurants create their version of everyone's favorite holiday treat and vie for "Best Latke, People's Choice" and "Best Latke, Judges' Choice." Proceeds will benefit The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching children how to cook and eat well.

Tickets and more information available here

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Lopate and Locavores: The Best of NYC Delis

Venue: The Greene Space
44 Charlton Street, New York, NY (corner of Varick Street)

WNYC’s Leonard Lopate takes a look at the history of NYC’s delis with Joan Nathan and food writer Arthur Schwartz (former restaurant critic for the New York Daily News and now known as The Food Maven). Following the discussion, Leonard will host a tasting showdown, with Katz’s and Carnegie delis serving up their best pastrami.

The event is part of the Fifth Annual "Lopate and Locavores" - a month of culinary conversation, cooking demonstrations and delicious tastings.

The three-part Locavores series spotlighting New York City’s food scene kicks off October 8 with host Leonard Lopate, a three-time James Beard Award winner. Later that month, regular Lopate Show contributor Dan Pashman will serve up an added helping of food-focused conversation, joining the series with the first live taping of The Sporkful—WNYC's James Beard Award-nominated podcast and blog about the great and the ridiculous side of gastronomy.

For tickets and more information, see the WYNC website

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Gefiltefest 2014

Venue: London Jewish Cultural Centre
London, England

Joan will participate in the 5th annual Gefiltefest, a full-day festival with more than fifty different sessions to choose from - live cooking demonstrations, hands-on workshops, lectures, interviews and garden stalls with delicious foods. More information and tickets available from the Gefiltefest website.

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A Conversation with David Lebovitz

Venue: Buck's Fishing and Camping
Washington, D.C.

Joan will be in conversation with David Lebovitz to celebrate the publication of his collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes, My Paris Kitchen. The event takes place at Buck's Fishing and Camping, with dinner by Chef Vickie Reh. More details available from Politics and Prose

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Embassy Chef Challenge 2014

Venue: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

Joan will be a judge at the 6th annual Embassy Chef Challenge, a friendly international culinary competition and Cultural Tourism DC’s annual fundraising benefit.  The Embassy Chef Challenge features tastings, awards, and world-class silent and live auctions while celebrating the talents of embassy chefs. Chefs prepare an open tasting to compete for two awards: the People’s Choice, selected by the cultural and diplomatic community in attendance, and the Judges’ Choice determined by a panel of celebrity chefs and food critics. Previous Embassy Chef Challenge winners have garnered international recognition in the United States and their home countries. Embassy Chef Challenge guests also enjoy one of the best silent and live auctions in Washington, DC featuring one-of-a-kind experiences. Past examples include lunch with an Ambassador, tickets to overseas destinations, a private brunch prepared by the embassy chef, or the opportunity to acquire international art, wine, and jewelry. More information and tickets are available from the Embassy Chef Challenge website.

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Tiferet Bet Israel – Ladies Night Out

Venue: Tiferet Bet Israel
Blue Bell, PA

After a wine tasting and dinner, Joan will speak to the ladies of Tiferet Bet Israel about the foods of French Jews. A book signing will follow the lecture.

This is a private event. 

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Joan at Temple Beth El of Williamsburg

Venue: Temple Beth El
Williamsburg, VA

Joan will speak about the ancient origins of Jewish cuisine at the 15th Annual William and Sue Anne Bangel Presentation, put on by The Program in Judaic Studies and The Department of Religious Studies at The College of William and Mary in conjunciton with Temple Beth El of Williamsburg, Virgina. For more information please see Temple Beth El's website


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Cooking Demo and Talk

Venue: Palm Beach Synagogue
Palm Beach, FL

Joan Nathan will be doing a cooking demo featuring a recipe from Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France. After the demo, join Joan for a talk on The Passover Culinary Journey: From Exodus to Contemporary Times.

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Washington Writer’s Conference: Books Alive! 2014

Bethesda, MD

The Independent's Washington Writers Conference connects agents and authors while learning from published writers, agents, and publishers. Breakout sessions on publishing, agenting, fiction and non-fiction run concurrently with the day-long agent pitches. Joan will join authors Chris Matthews, Laura Lippman, Evan Thomas, Phyllis Naylor, Susan Shreve, Phyllis Richman, Michele Singletary, David Maraniss and more than a dozen of the writing world's leading agents to discuss the latest in self-publishing, children’s books, fiction, how to connect with agents during a pitch, and much more. More information and registration available here.

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More Than Matzah Balls: Food and Cooking in Jewish Culture

Venue: Buttenwieser Hall, 92nd Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, New York City, New York

Joan joined chefs Pati Jinich, Louisa Shafia, and Ari White for a panel discussion and food tasting to examine what Jewish food and Jewish cooking means to them and to the culinary world. Tickets and more information available from the 92nd Street Y.

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Jewish Cuisine Through the Ages

New Haven, CT

Joan was an Honarary Chair for the event Jewish Cuisine Through the Ages, an event seeking to educate and unite Jewish women from the Greater New Haven and Shoreline areas in a celebration of our common identity, culture and history. The program focuses on how generations of Jewish cooks have ingeniously adapted to their surroundings, using whatever resources were available, to suit the values of kashrut and the traditions of Shabbat and Jewish festivals. Today, whether in Hong Kong, London or Los Angeles, we too continue to create sophisticated modern dishes that exceed boundaries and make the kosher kitchen as exotic and innovative as any other.  Jewish Cuisine Through the Ages is an opportunity to experience a whole new perspective on the world of Jewish food. Tickets and more information available here


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Hazon Food Conference

Venue: Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT

Joan participated in the 2013 Hazon Food Conference. The annual conference features inspiring lectures and discussions, expert cooking demonstrations and DIY projects, family and kids activities, and delicious, consciously-prepared food. 

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Joan at Center for Jewish History

Venue: Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street New York, New York 10011

Joan was delighted to be a keynote speaker at a food tasting and wine pairing event at the Center for Jewish History. The proceeds from the evening will help support the creation of the new food archive at the Center for Jewish History. 

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Joan Speaks at Exeter Academy

Venue: Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, NH

Joan spoke about Jewish food culture at an assembly for the entire campus community of Exeter Academy. Later in the evening, Joan led a cooking class in preparing Shabbat dinner. 

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Kosherfest 2013

Venue: Meadowlands Exposition Center
Secaucus, NJ

Joan Nathan particpated in a panel discussion at the 25th Anniversary of Kosherfest. More information is available on the Kosherfest website.

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KosherFeast 2013

Venue: J Soho
New York, NY

At the third annual pre-Kosherfest Social Media Dinner, KosherFeast 2013, Joan was honored and recognized as a pinoeer in the kosher food industry. The event was attended by influential food writers, culinary editors, media personalities, recipe bloggers, cookbook authors and food brand professionals.

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Joan Interviews Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Venue: Sixth and I
600 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Joan will interview Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, the chefs behind the cookbooks Plenty and New York Times bestseller Jersusalem.  Now, their debut cookbook Ottolenghi: The Cookbook comes to America.

Ottolenghi grew up in Jewish West Jerusalem. Tamimi was raised in the Muslim neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Reflecting the diverse tastes of their youth, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook presents 140 recipes featuring bold and flavorful ingredients, aromatic herbs, and the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean, as well as influences from California, Italy, and North Africa.

A book signing will follow the interview. 

Tickets may be purchesd from Sixth and I or Politics and Prose

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Travels in Italy and Israel

In October, Joan will be traveling throughout Italy and Israel, meeting with chefs, homecooks, and friends and discovering new stories, histories, and recipes for her upcoming cookbook. Be sure to check Joan's Facebook and Twitter for updates of her travels!

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Joan Speaks With Her Husband at Event to Benefit Public Libraries

Venue: private home
Bethesda, MD

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Joan Speaks on Modern Israeli Cuisine at the Israel@65: A Food, Wine & Music Festival

Venue: Union Market
Washington, DC

Come hear Joan discuss the state of modern Israeli Cuisine as part of the Israel@65 celebration, taking place at Union Market, June 9th in Washington, DC.  Joan will be on at 2 pm at the Jewish Food Experience tent.

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Joan discusses the “State Of Jewish Food” at private event in New York

Venue: Philanthropic Family Forum
New York, NY

Tuesday, May 28, Joan Nathan will discuss the “State Of Jewish Food” at the Philanthropic Family Forum, a private event hosted by SoHo Synagogue at a kosher Italian Restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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Joan attends the James Beard Foundation Awards

Venue: James Beard Foundation Awards
New York, NY

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Joan Speaks on the FOOD + CONFLICT Panel at the Food Book Fair

Venue: Food Book Fair
Brooklyn, NY

Food has the power to bridge cultural gaps and bring diverse people together. Cooking traditions are strongly embedded in the identity of a country. While taste can divide people, it also has the power to integrate. How can our food traditions be used to celebrate the past and move toward the future? Can cuisine play a role in diplomacy amongst nations in conflict? Panelists will consider these questions and more while highlighting the delicious cuisine of countries in conflict, including Iran, Iraq and Cuba. The session includes a tasty sampling from Anna Sofia Pelaez’s forthcoming book.

Joan Nathan, Author, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France
Annia Ciezadlo, Author, Day of Honey
Ana Sofia Pelaez, Blogger, Hungry Sofia
Moderated by Yael Raviv, Kinetic Art

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Joan Judges the Makes-Me-Wanna-Shout Pie Baking Challenge

Venue: Eatonville
2121 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010

Everyone can have their cake (or another favorite signature dessert) and eat it too — and the baking challenge is not just pie in the sky. Local home bakers prove that the art of and love for baking good cakes and pies from scratch is not just a thing of the past.  A restaurant gets a best selling dessert.  Martha's Table gets support and attention for the programs and services they provide that bring comfort to people in crisis.  A winning baker’s story goes viral.  Everybody wins!

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Joan Judges the Makes-Me-Wanna-Shout Pie Baking Challenge

Venue: Makes-Me-Wanna-Shout Pie Baking Challenge
Martha's Table 2114 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20009

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Joan Talks with Mark Russ Federman at Sixth and I

Venue: Sixth and I
600 I Street Northwest Washington, D.C., 20001

The former owner/proprietor of the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan's Lower East Side tells the story of an immigrant family's journey from a pushcart in 1907 to "New York's most hallowed shrine to the miracle of caviar, smoked salmon, ethereal herring, and silken chopped liver." (The New York Times Magazine)

Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built is the story of this "Louvre of lox" and how a hardworking family turned a passion for selling perfectly smoked and pickled fish into an institution. Mark Russ Federman, grandson of founder Joel Russ, took over the running of Russ & Daughters from his parents in 1978 and turned it over to the fourth generation in 2009. He shares an enchanting behind-the-scenes look at four generations of people who are just a little bit crazy on the subject of fish.

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Joan Attends the Matters of Taste Dinner

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Joan Teaches at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

Venue: Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591

In this demo-style cooking class acclaimed cookbook author Joan Nathan instills this special holiday meal with seasonality and a touch of the farm.

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Joan Presents at LimmudNY


Joan will discuss the foods of the Jews of France and teach guests how to make their own preserved lemons.

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Joan at Rancho La Puerta

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Saturday Night Sips and Sunday Night Suppers

Venue: Washington, DC

Sips & Suppers is a major celebration of food and community in the Washington, DC metro area. Now in its fifth year, Sips & Suppers began in 2009 as the brainchild of Alice Waters to raise the awareness of homelessness and hunger in the nation’s capital and to promote efforts to develop sustainable and local solutions to these challenges.

The weekend supports the wonderful work of DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, organizations that serve the neediest individuals in the nation’s capital. Since its inception, Sips & Suppers has raised over $675,000 in financing for the essential programs run by these organizations. The event is proudly hosted by celebrated chefs José Andrés, Joan Nathan & Alice Waters.

In 2013, Sips & Suppers will be held on the weekend of January 26–27.

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, Sips celebrates the contribution young people make to feeding and supporting their community. This lively cocktail reception features top artisan chefs and mixologists preparing their signature dishes and drinks. Held at the dramatic space, the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington, DC, and featuring a live jazz band, it is a fun and educational evening.

On Sunday, January 27, 2013, Suppers features some of the country’s finest chefs preparing meals in private homes throughout the city. This year, we expect that Suppers will be served at 29 homes in the metro area to more than 550 guests. Renowned chefs from the DC region, from across the country, and, indeed, across the world, donate their time and skills to participate in these extraordinary evenings featuring great food and wine, and stimulating conversation. Locally we are excited to include Scott Drewno of The Source, Nick Stefanelli of Bibiana, Pati Jinich of The Mexican Cultural Institute, Haidar Karoum of Proof and Estadio, just to name a few. Also, from across the nation and abroad we are featuring Michael Anthony from Gramercy Tavern in NY, Elizabeth Bourgeois from Le Mas Tourteron in Gordes, France, David Lawrence from 1300 on Filmore in San Francisco and Joel Hough from Il Buco in NY.

The revenue from ticket sales for the weekend goes to the two 501(c)3 organizations supported by these events. Almost all food and wine, travel and accommodations for the chefs, the chefs’ time and venues are donated and expenses are kept to a minimum so most revenue goes directly to support the work of DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table.
About the organizations:

- DC Central Kitchen uses food as a tool to change lives. Each day, the Kitchen serves up 10,000 balanced meals packed with fresh, local produce. Half of these meals are delivered to area homeless shelters, after-school programs, and other nonprofit organizations serving low-income DC residents. The other half are prepared in DC public and private schools, making DCCK the only nonprofit in America conducting a full-service healthy school meal program. They also offer an acclaimed Culinary Job Training program that empowers at-risk, unemployed adults to embark on new careers. Many program graduates go on to work in their busy kitchens, supporting DCCK’s direct service programs and social enterprise activities. To learn more, please visit

- Martha’s Table transforms lives by engaging the community in developing sustainable solutions to poverty. They help 1,100 people each day deal with the immediate effects of poverty and finds long-term solutions with education, nutrition and family support services. With special focus on education for children and youth ages 3 months to 24 years old, Martha’s Table provides day care services, college readiness, after school and summer programs, grocery and nutrition programs and a clothing store. Please go to for more information.

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Beyond Bubbie: Tales from the Kitchen

Venue: 92YTribeca Mainstage
92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street New York, NY 10023

What happens when you mix savory storytelling and nectarous nosh with a splash of schnapps? A performance dedicated to food, family recipes and the stories that link them together.

Join MC David Sax (Save the Deli) as the stories overflow like your Bubbie’s boiling chicken soup. Raconteurs include Mo Rocca ("My Grandmother’s Ravioli," "CBS Sunday Morning" and "Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!"), Carla Hall ("The Chew," "Top Chef" and Cooking with Love), Joan Nathan (New York Times Contributor and cookbook author), Jake Dell (Katz’s Deli), Alan Richman (GQ food correspondent and James Beard Award winner), Judy Batalion and Cantor Shira Ginsburg Bubby's Kitchen.

Want to join in on the show? Share a one-minute story with and you could be chosen to dish out your culinary guru’s story. And don’t forget to bring a favorite recipe to be entered into a drawing for a variety of gift certificates and prizes.

The Beyond Bubbie Project is powered by Reboot and made possible with the support of The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation. This event is co-presented with Smith Magazine.

Tickets sold at

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Joan Speaks to the Culinary Historians of Boston

Venue: Culinary Historians of Boston
10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Inspired by her own family history, Ms. Nathan set off to learn more about the often hidden history and foods of French Jews.  Within this rich agricultural country, Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Provençal Jewish food developed side by side and often melded with French regional cooking.  While the Jews of Alsace cooked with goose fat and sauerkraut, those of the south cooked with oil and garlic. Since some Jewish families in Provence, for instance, have been there for over two thousand years, it is hard to differentiate Jewish from Provençal food customs. Fougasse, a bread with holes, traditionally mixed, kneaded and shaped at home, then brought to a communal oven for baking was, for example, the holiday bread for Jews. This diversity of origin goes beyond region and all blend together in the French people, including its Jews.

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Joan Speaks at Ramah in the Rockies

Venue: Ramah in the Rockies

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Joan Speaks at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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Venue: Kosherfest
Seacaucus, NJ

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“Journeying through France to Discover the Roots of Jewish Cooking” at Lehigh University

Venue: Linderman Library, Lehigh University
27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015 USA

Join Joan for a talk about the foods of the Jews of France followed by a book signing and reception. 

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Joan Speaks at Congregation B’nai Israel Sisterhood

Venue: Congregation B'nai Israel Sisterhood
2111 Bryan Avenue Tustin, CA 92782

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Joan Presents at CIA’s Worlds of Flavor

Venue: Worlds of Flavor
Napa Valley, CA

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Joan Demos at Food Day Fun!

Venue: Martha's Table
655 Taylor St. NE.

Where: The event will be held at Occasions Catering at 655 Taylor St. NE.

How to get there: Martha’s Table will provide a shuttle service from our Martha’s Table (2114 14th St. NW) facility at 1:15pm. We will also provide a shuttle from the Brookland-CUA (red) Metro Stop at 1:45pm.

Who can join? This will be a fun filled afternoon for the entire family. There are a limited number of slots to call or email Kim at to reserve your spot now!

What is this event? In celebration of National Food Day, Les Dames and Occasions Catering are providing healthy food and recipes, cooking demonstrations from great chefs as well as free groceries to take home. There will also be free food at the event and other prizes.

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Release of 101 Classic Cookbooks: 501 Classic Recipes

Venue: The President's Penthouse
New York, NY

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Deli Panel

Venue: New York Public Library
New York, NY

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The Future of Jewish Food Panel

Venue: ABC Carpet and Home
Mezzanine of ABC Carpet and Home 888 Broadway New York, NY

Joan moderates the panel "An Argument for Traditional Jewish Foods in the Modern Jewish Home" from 6-7.  Stick around for more panels, pastrami tasting, book signing, and shmoozing!  Tickets are at

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Joan Attends the Mile End Shabbat Dinner

Venue: New York City Food and Wine Festival
New York, NY

Celebrate the Shabbath with an epic Friday night feast hosted by Noah and Rae Bernamoff of Mile End Delicatessen. Friends from around the country who are at the forefront of the Jewish food revival will be joining them in the kitchen to compose a 9 course sit-down dinner at the culinary salon City Grit. Old world classics like p’tcha and helzel will be served alongside reimagined Jewish comfort foods like bone marrow matzo balls and duck confit stuffed cabbage. 

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Capital Food Fight

Venue: DC Central Kitchen
Ronald Reagan Building Washington, DC

Join José Andrés and Anthony Bourdain at the Ronald Reagan Building for one fight against hunger.

The Capital Food Fight brings the food industry's best talent together to support DC Central Kitchen's unique brand of community empowerment. Dozens of hot restaurants serve signature dishes to guests while top chefs battle on-stage. Food critics and national celebrities are on hand to mingle with the crowd and add to the excitement.

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Share Our Strength

Venue: Share Our Strength
New York, NY

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Ceylon Tea - Sri Lanka’s Gift to the World

Venue: Washington Hilton
Washington, DC

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Joan Speaks at Temple Isaiah

Venue: Temple Isaiah
Lexington, MA

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Joan Speaks at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue

Venue: Adas Yoshuron Synagogue
Rockland, ME

Joan will speak about the Foods of the Jews of France followed by a light reception with a booksigning.  The program is free and open to the public.

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Joan Travels to Israel

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Joan Leads a Demo on Food and Torah for Adas Israel

Venue: Adas Israel
Washington, DC

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Joan Speaks at the Greek Embassy

Venue: The Greek Embassy
Washington, DC

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Listen to Joan on the Kojo Nnamdi Show

Venue: 88.5 FM WAMU
Washington, DC

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Joan Will Demonstrate Passover Recipes and Sign Books

Venue: Giant Eagle
Pitsburgh, PA

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Joan Presents at the IACP Annual Conference

Venue: IACP
New York, NY

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Joan Demonstrates Passover Recipes at the White House

Venue: The White House
Washington, DC

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Joan Judges the Martha’s Table Chocolate Layer Cake Baking Challenge Semifinals

Venue: Martha's Table
Washington, DC

This year's delicious entries include:

Malted Milk Ball Birthday Cake
Chocolate Trio Cake
Chocolate Almond Coconut Cake with Chocolate Almond Filing
4-Layer Chocolate Cream Cake
Dark Chocolate Chai Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream
Emma’s Labella Chocolate Cake
“Lucifer’s Revenge” (chocolate cake with Mandarin oranges and Grand Marnier)
Chocolate-Orange-Mocha Layer Cake
Dark Chocolate Cardamom Sponge Cake with Rosewater Buttercream
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream
Candi’s Spiced Chocolate, Coffee Caramel with White & Dark Ganache Cake and Toasted Spiced Pecans
Friendship Chocolate Cake (with Nutella filling)
“The Ora” White Chocolate Cherry Cream Cheese Red Bliss Cake
Rodney Mason’s Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Helen’s Heavenly Mocha White & Milk Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake with White and Milk Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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Joan Speaks at the Brandeis National Committee’s Book and Author Luncheon

Venue: Wycliffe Country Club
Wellington, FL

Joan, Maggie Anton, the author of the Rashi's Daughters trilogy, and Caroline Leavitt, the author of "Picture of You" and 10 other novels will speak.

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Joan Speaks at Hendrix College

Venue: Hendrix College
Conway, AR

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Joan Speaks at Congregation B’nei Israel

Venue: Congregation B'nei Israel
Little Rock, AK

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Rancho La Puerta Resort and Spa

Venue: Rancho La Puerta
Tecate, CA

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Joan Speaks at “Eat and Be Satisfied: Jewish Cookbooks Past, Present, and Future”

Venue: Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Avenue New York, New York 10017

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Sunday Night Suppers

Joan co-chairs this fundraiser for DC Central Kitchen and Martha's Table for the 4th year in a row.  More details at

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Saturday Night Sips

Venue: Newseum

12 restaurants, 12 artisans, mixologists and foodie fun - all to benefit DC Central Kitchen and Martha's Table!

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Joan Speaks at the AJS 43rd Annual Conference

Venue: Grand Hyatt Washington
Roosevelt Room Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street Northwest Washington, DC

Joan will speak about The Jewish Cookbook as a Literary Genre: Putting French Jewish Food in Context on a panel titled: Food in Global Jewish Literature, from Novels to Cookbooks.

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Joan Will Sign Books at Barnes and Noble

Venue: Barnes and Noble
160 South Westlake Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Joan will decorate cookies with children and then sign books at this fundraising book fair for the Ilan Ramon Day School.

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Joan Addresses the Culinary Historians of Southern California

Venue: Culinary Historians of Southern California
Los Angeles Central Library 630 W. Fifth St. Los Angeles, CA

Joan will discuss the food of the Jews of France.  Inspired by her own family history, Ms. Nathan set off to learn more about the often hidden history and foods of French Jews.  In writing she came to understand that French Jews hold the traditions of their region side by side with the traditions of Jewish cuisine. Within this rich agricultural country, Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Provençal Jewish food developed side by side and often melded with French regional cooking.  While the Jews of Alsace cooked with goose fat and sauerkraut, those of the south cooked with oil and garlic. Since some Jewish families in Provence, for instance, have been there for over two thousand years, it is hard to differentiate Jewish from Provençal food customs. Fougasse, a bread with holes, traditionally mixed, kneaded and shaped at home, then brought to a communal oven for baking was, for example, the holiday bread for Jews. This diversity of origin goes beyond region and all blend together in the French people, including its Jews.

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Joan Speaks at the Yiddish Book Center

Venue: Yiddish Book Center
Amherst, MA

9:30AM Coffee and welcome

10:00AM Cooking Class: In the Kitchen with Joan Nathan
Students will cook along with Joan in our commercial kosher kitchen. Joan will provide instruction, tips, and techniques while you prepare one-hour challah, roasted red pepper salad with lemon & garlic, and eggplant caviar. A sampling will follow.

1:00PM A catered lunch with Joan Nathan at the Yiddish Book Center

2:00PM Discussion and Q&A session with Joan

3:30PM Book signing

Cost: $155/member; $185/general admission

Tickets here.

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Joan Speaks at the New York Public Library

Venue: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library
42nd Street and 5th Avenue New York, NY

The New York Public Library is pleased to welcome award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan. Ms. Nathan will be in conversation with “Food Maven” and acclaimed cookbook author, Arthur Schwartz as they discuss her latest book Quiches, kugels, and couscous : my search for Jewish cooking in France.

The event will be held in the The Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room (Room 206) of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of The New York Public Library on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. This program is made possible by the generous donation of The Dorot Foundation. The event is free but reservations are required.

Please reserve your seat by writing to with NATHAN in subject line.  Joan Nathan and Arthur Schwartz will be available for book signings afterwards.

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Joan Speaks at George Washington University

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Joan Addresses the Culinary Historians of Washington, DC

Venue: CHoW
4805 Edgemoor Lane Bethesda, MD Second Floor

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Joan Judges the DC Central Kitchen Capital Foodfight

Venue: DC Central Kitchen Capital Foodfight
Ronald Reagan Building

This year’s competing chefs include Todd Gray from Equinox/Watershed, Haidar Karoum from Proof/Estadio, Jeff Black from BlackSalt Restaurant Group/Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Brian McBride from Blue Duck Tavern. Each chef will compete in a cook-off battle featuring a secret ingredient. Chefs will be judged by a panel including Ted Allen of Food Network’s Chopped, award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan and host of Simply Ming, Ming Tsai. Last year’s Food Fight included a bonus battle between team Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert and team Tom Colicchio and Jose Andres, which I’m betting they might do something like this again at this year’s competition. Bourdain will be returning as the host and Jose Andres will be serving as the chair of the event. In addition to the friendly chef competition, more than 60 local restaurants will be serving a variety of small bites.

The 2011 Capital Food Fight is at 6 PM on Thursday, November 10th at the Ronald Reagan Building in Penn Quarter. Tickets are $200 and all proceeds go to DCCK. You can follow the conversation about the 2011 Capital Food Fight with @DCCK’s hashtag, #FoodFight.

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Joan Leads a Cooking Demo at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show

Venue: Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

Joan will lead a demonstration of her Moroccan Swiss Chard Salad, Moroccan Chicken with Olives and Preserved Lemon, and Couscous from her latest book, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, followed by a book signing.

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Joan Speaks at Goucher College

Venue: Goucher College
Hyman Forum, Athenaeum

The event is free and open to the public but you must reserve tickets here.

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An Evening with Joan at the American Library in Paris

Venue: The American Library in Paris
10, rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, France

Joan will read from her latest book, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous, answer questions, and sign books.  Light refreshments will be served.

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Joan Judges the World Series of Brisket at Temple Beth-El

Venue: Temple Beth-El
Providence, RI

About 25 members will put their best brisket recipe to the test before a panel of judges, including cookbook author Joan Nathan. A “Brisket Maven” will be crowned and a People’s Choice Award will be given. Admission is $10, $5 for children older than 5, and free for youngsters under age 5.

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“Eat Your Words” with Joan at the Boston Book Festival

Venue: Boston Book Festival
Boston Public Library Washington Room 700 Boylston Street Boston, MA

This session offers up some deliciously different perspectives on food, cooking, and culture. Joan Nathan's latest, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous, discovers Jewish cooking in France; Lisa Abend tells the behind-the-scenes story of famed Spanish restaurant elBulli in The Sorcerer's Apprentices; Anka Muhlstein reveals how Honore Balzac used food to describe class and character in Balzac's Omelette; while Yankee Magazine food editor Amy Traverso lends an American flavor with The Apple Lover's Cookbook. Hosted by Boston Magazine executive editor Donna Garlough. Sponsored by Boston Magazine.

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Joan Speaks at National Geographic

Venue: National Geographic
Washington, DC

Enjoy a talk and tastes of French Jewish cuisine guided by Joan Nathan, the host of PBS’ Jewish Cooking in America and author of ten acclaimed cookbooks. In Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, Nathan traces her family’s heritage and explores cooking as culture. Nathan is a 3-time James Beard award winner and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs including the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart Show, and National Public Radio. Lynne Rosetto Kasper, host of NPR’s Splendid Table says, “When Joan Nathan decides to dig into Jewish heritage anywhere in the world, we readers should just fasten our seat belts and get ready for a glorious ride.” Moderated by Traveler Magazine Editor Don George.
A reception, sponsored by Royal Wine Corps, will follow the event.

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Joan Speaks at the Temple House of Israel

Venue: Temple House of Israel
15 North Market Street Staunton, VA 24401

Author Joan Nathan will be at Temple House of Israel, 15 North Market Street in downtown Staunton  on September 15th to discuss her search for Jewish
cooking in France.  Her latest book features 200 recipes and their stories from historic times to today.  Join us!  Your $10 entry includes Joan’s presentation, an opportunity to buy the book for $39.95 and have it autographed AND a sampling of some of her sweet kugels and desserts

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Joan Presents at the Professional Food Writers Symposium

Venue: The Greenbrier
Greenbrier, WV

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Screening and Discussion of Lunch Line at the National Archives

Venue: National Archives
Washington, DC

More than 60 years after the National School Lunch Program began in 1946, the program feeds more than 31 million children every day. The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film presents this 2010 documentary, in which leaders from all sides of the school food debate, including government officials, foodservice experts, activists, and students, weigh in on the program and discuss ways to continue nourishing America’s children for another 60 years. Directed by Ernie Park and Michael Graziano. Food writer Jane Black will moderate a post-screening discussion that will include filmmaker Michael Graziano, nutritionist Dr. Margo Wootan from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman, and others.

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Chez Panisse 40th Anniversary Event

Venue: Chez Panisse
Berkeley, CA

A Roman Jewish meal prepared by Christopher Lee, former Chez Panisse downstairs chef, food historian and award winning author Joan Nathan and Jessica Theroux with guest chef Nancy Silverton. Danny and Hilary Goldstine host in their beautiful home, nestled in the Berkeley hills. With special guest Daniel Ellsberg. A Negroni toast in the garden with Alice Waters before dinner. $2000 per person. This dinner is fully reserved, e-mail to request that your name be added to the waiting list.

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Join Joan for a Wine and Cheese Reception at Readers Books

Venue: Readers Books
130 East Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

Joan will read from her latest book, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous, answer questions, and sign books.

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Joan Presents at the Hazon Food Conference

Venue: UC Davis

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Joan Speaks with Rhode Island Hadassah, “Author’s Luncheon”

Venue: Atlantic Beach Club
Newport, RI

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Books on the Beach with Joan Nathan

Venue: Atlantic Beach Club
Middletown, RI

Joan will read from her most recent book, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, sign books, and answer questions.

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Joan Reads at the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival

Venue: Chilmark Community Center
Chilmark, MA

Joan will read from, discuss, and sign her latest book, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous.


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Bid on Dinner and a Cooking Class with Joan at the Possible Dreams Auction

Venue: Possible Dreams Auction
Martha's Vineyard

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Grand Kugelfest with Joan Nathan

Venue: Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
130 Center St. Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Joan Nathan will join worshippers and food-lovers on Friday, July 29 at the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center. She will sell and sign copies of her new book, "Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France," and then speak at that evening's Shabbat service. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own kugel dish and stories of its history for a potluck following the service's conclusion.

The event begins at 4:30 pm with the Shabbat service set for 6 pm. For more information, call 508-693-0745.

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Joan Speaks at the Chilmark Library

Venue: Chilmark Free Public Library
522 South Road Chilmark, MA 02535

Joan will read from and discuss her latest book, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in America.  There will be a book sale and signing to follow.  Event is free and open to the public.

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Bastille Day Party and Signing at the Beach Plum Inn

Venue: Beach Plum Inn
Menemsha, MA

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Joan Speaks at the Fancy Food Show, Washington, DC

Venue: TBA
Washington, DC

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Joan Spots Trends at the DC Fancy Food Show

Venue: Fancy Food Show
Washington Convention Center

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Joan Speaks at Congregation Shirat Ha Yam

Venue: Congregation Shirat Ha Yam
Nantucket, MA

Joan will speak about her most recent book, Quiches, Couscous, and Kugels: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France.

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Joan Speaks and Signs Books at Barnes and Noble

Venue: Barnes and Noble
102 Dorset Street S. Burlington, VT 05403 802-864-8001

Joan will speak about her latest book, Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, and sign books.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Joan Speaks at Zahav Restaurant

Venue: Zahav Restaurant
237 St. James Place, Philadelphia, PA

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Joan and her Husband, Allan, will be Honored at the YIVO 10th Annual Heritage Dinner

Venue: YIVO
New York, NY

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Joan Speaks at the National Archives

Venue: National Archives, McGowan Theater
Washington, DC


Lecture followed by booksigning.

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Joan Teaches Students from St. Mary’s College to Make Challah

Venue: Joan's Home

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Joan Moderates the Deli Summit

Venue: JCC of the East Bay
1414 Walnut Street Berkeley, CA 94709

Peter Levitt, Saul's Restaurant and Deli, Berkeley

Noah Bernamoff, Mile End Deli, Brooklyn
Ken Gordon, Kenny & Zuke's Deli, Portland
Evan Bloom, Wise Sons Deli, SF pop-up
Moderator: Joan Nathan, Author of ten cookbooks including Jewish Cooking in America and Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Food Arts Magazine and Tablet Magazine.

The beloved institutions of Jewish Deli continues to disappear.

But a few brave delis are breaking up canons of the dying model.

Saul's Restaurant and Deli in Berkeley is convening these renegades for a Deli Summit. Four very different models.

Saul's owners Karen Adelman and Peter Levitt believe they and their colleagues will benefit from collaboration on a common language. In a culinary genre defined by rigid expectations (yet varied depending on customer), comparison and critique, these delis trailblazing the deli lexicon can gradually give each other points of reference and authority.

What do these departures from the Deli Institution look like on the menu, the plate, in the dining room? What does it mean to thrive as a deli business? This is what the Summit is for: to communicate the mechanics of survival and sustainability to Deli customers around the country, and to celebrate the unique challenges and thrills of running a Jewish Deli.

This is a follow-up to Saul's Referendum on the Jewish Deli Menu. Now with the other delis, Saul's will talk nuts and bolts of their industry.

It's a behind the scenes, chefs-in-the-trenches conversation open to the public. 

Tickets available at:

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Joan at Omnivore Books

Venue: Omnivore Books
3885a Cesar Chavez Street (at Church Street) San Francisco, CA 94131 415.282.4712

Joan will speak, answer questions, and sign books at this wonderful San Francisco bookstore!  Free!