Flavors of Oakland: A Cookbook in 20 Stories by Anya Ku and Elazar Sontag
Guest Curator and Program Moderator: Alix Wall
Date: Thursday, June 30 | Time: 7:30 pm | Location: Berkeley Branch: 1414 Walnut Street
Celebrate the debut cookbook of Elazar Sontag and Anya Ku, who interviewed and photographed 20 residents of Oakland about their favorite dishes they make at home. As the authors say: "Through the process of interviewing and cooking with Oakland residents, we have heard many stories of upheaval and strife, but the one thing that consistently connects people to their culture is food! We want to celebrate the cultural pride that exists in this one-of-a-kind city." All of this is more remarkable given that Sontag was 17 and Ku was 19 when they created and completed the book. Come to the event to meet the authors and sample dishes from Ruth Rosenblatt and Princeton Maharam.
The Evolution of Delis – Three Decades of Saul’s in Berkeley with Peter Levitt
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Location: Berkeley Branch 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Fee: $36 (includes dinner). Pre-registration is required.
What does it mean to be an authentic, vibrant, relevant Jewish deli today? What will keep delis from disappearing, as so many have, especially in the historic deli cities of New York and Los Angeles? Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Saul’s continues to build bridges between the “Old Country”, the “New World,” and the future of food. Hear co-owner and executive chef, Peter Levitt, discuss the past, present, and future of delis. Join the conversation then head around the corner to Saul’s for a sampling of culinary delights.
Peter Levitt, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen, has been reconnecting the Jewish eatery with traditional culinary practices for two decades. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Peter enjoyed cooking stints at Oliveto and Chez Panisse, where he developed an understanding of local food procurement and production. In 1995 he began re-authenticating the Jewish deli experience with Saul’s farmer's market-driven menu.
Presented in partnership with Saul’s, Lehrhaus Judaica, and Contra Costa Jewish Film Festival.