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The Best Kosher Wines and Food at KFWE 2018

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(Gerry Furth-Sides)  The 2018 Kosher Wine and Food Event (KWFE) featured “the best of the best” of wines and food, “that just happen to be kosher,” as  Got Kosher?”s Chef-owner, Alain Cohen phrases it.  Here are three of our favorite foods and wines from Israel, Italy and France that are also representative of the international flair of the curated event.

(photo courtesy of Petersen Museum)

The newly remodeled Petersen Car Museum penthouse venue  only added to the buoyant mood of a show-off LA boldly sunny, warm winter day that converts tourists to residents.

(photo courtesy of Petersen Museum)

A lavish display greeted guests at the door by the newly named, harissa restaurant  (official on March 2018), formerly Got Kosher? Restaurant.   Staffer Romina welcome guests, along with Chef-owner Alain Cohen and crew.

Beautiful Romina welcomes guests to the newly named Harissa Restaurant and Event Catering

The famous Tunisian version of harissa symbolizes the cuisine

A Parisian favorite and harissa Restaurant signature: Tunisian meatballs and couscous

Alain Cohen’s signature pulled beef brisket on pretzel slider buns combines the best of the California inspired restaurant, catering and bakery.

The Got Kosher? Bakery and Deli name remains the same.  And ooh-la la, what desserts there were to taste, along with the mountains of challahs. This display was replaced over and over as guests finished 1200 samples.  Alain’s mom’s restaurant namesake “harissa cake” was always finished first.

The Got Kosher? pastry display of mini-Harissa cake, brownies layered with chocolate ganache and cheesecake.

Our contributing writer, Barbara Hansen with Chef-owner Alain Cohen. Barbara’s favorite taste was the harissa cake!

Tabor winery in the foothills of Mt. Tabor stands boasts a famous ancient location  in the heart of the fertile Galilee.  Its ideal climate for growing grapes, also works for cultivating different soil types.   A highly skilled and dedicated team works to bring out the natural grape aromas and flavors.

Fourth generation vineyard owner and manager, Oren Sela  was born in Kfar Tabor.  He  continues the family business in the village out  of his love for wine culture, grapes, and the people who make it.

Tabor Wines with grapes grown in the heart of the ancient fertile Galilee region.

The Adama label translate into “soil” in Hebrew, also signifying the variety of soils matched with specific grapes in the well groomed vineyards at the foot of the mountains with wind blowing all around. The Adama red wines are aged for a year in French Oak barrels.

 

La Gondola’s Restaurant served Seared London broil fillet over Balsamic Glazed Onions, topped with chipotle tamarind honey aioli.

The La Gondola crew served everything with a smile

 

 

With such a stellar reputation that they were chosen in a blind tasting as the best of their Tuscan territory, the Della Seta-Pellegrini wines are the pride of Italy.  The Della Setas come from an ancient Jewish family settled in Rome since 2000. The Pellegrinis are an old Tuscan family, from Pitigliano and Capalbio villages, with three generations of strong tradition and experience in wine production.family

In 2001, the family purchased the winery and after adopting organic agriculture methods, added the strict kosher certification in 2008.  Certification includes adhering to kosher law and using advanced technologies to facilitate some traditional procedures without compromising the high quality level of the wine, so typical of the Chianti Region.  The same tradition and technology also goes into their production of extra-virgin olive oil and honey.

The carefully chosen winemaker was friend and experienced, award-winning oenologist Enrico Paternoster, renowned for his refined and elegant wines that reflect the area.  Enrico is in also charge of wine cellars at the Agricultural Institute of San Michele all’Adige  (IASMA, Trento), the most important and internationally respected Italian wine school and wine research center.

Visitors are welcome on farm holiday accommodation and wine tasting tours.  New projects are developed each year.

A beef salad from Terra Sur, the wonderful restaurant at Hertzog winery in Oxnard

 

The Edmond de Rothschild Heritage champagne proved to be a light blend of refreshing and just dry enough.  Rather than investing in proven terroirs, the Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild has always preferred to purchase properties with potential and develop their value.For the Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild, giving land the opportunity to express its full potential means that each terroir has its own history. The company is careful to work with the natural cycles and local customs of each one.   Customisation and attention to detail are major aspects of the Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild’s approach to wine-making. They are prerequisites for producing exceptional wines.

http://univers.edmond-de-rothschild.com/pages/patrimoine-rothschild/wine-making-en.html

Still our favorite, Champagne Barons de Rothschild, maybe because we met the revered family for an interview

 

A colorful gem of a perfectly poached salmon in a yuzu couli sauce with micro greens from Shiloh Restaurant

 

The party people sushi makers nonchalantly “do their thing” http://www.yooshisooshi.com/intimate-events.html

Dishes includes:

* Tunisian tuna fricassee sandwiches from Got Kosher? Restaurant, which will soon change its name to Harissa Restaurant
* Boeuf bourguignon on couscous from Got Kosher? Restaurant
* Sweet harissa cake, an almond cake flavored with orange blossom water from Got Kosher? Restaurant
* Smoked white bean puree and smoked beef on flatbread with chipotle aioli and truffle arugula from LaGondola Restaurant
* Za’atar beef from LaGondola Restaurant
* Sous vide lamb with chickpeas and lemon dill aioli from Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars
* Dill oregano fried chicken with spiced honey from Tierra Sur at Herzog Wine Cellars
* Sweetbread nuggets with pomegranate seeds from Shiloh’s Steakhouse
* Lemon meringue tartlets from Shiloh’s Steakhouse

More information about all things food and wine and events that are kosher can be found at http://www.kosher.com.

Such a welcome sight on a hot afternoon of wine and food! Nestle cool water!

 

 


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Gerry Furth-Sides

Gerry Furth-Sides

Content Editor/Columnist

Photo-journalist Gerry Furth-Sides has been covering the ethnic and American culinary scene in California since it first came into prominence 25 years ago.