What are you doing today? Having trouble figuring out whether to reorganize your sock drawer by color or style? Or perhaps there's a promising homeschooling website you haven't tried yet? (There isn't.)
Take a break and lock yourself in your room (or a closet, whatever is most private) and tune into the The Great Big Jewish Food Fest, a 10-day, virtual food festival celebrating Jewish foodways across America taking place now through May 28th. Michael Twitty, Gabriella Gershenson, Gail Simmons, Ruth Reichl, Adeena Sussman, Mike Solomonov and Joan Nathan are among the confirmed hosts.
Some highlights I am particularly excited for:
What We Talk About When We Study Jewish Food with Dr. Rachel B. Gross and Dr. Jordan Rosenblum 1pm ET on Wednesday May 20th
Virtual Book Talk: Soviet-Jewish Cuisine with Bonnie Morales, Boris Fishman, and Gabriella Gershenson, 5:30pm ET on Wednesday May 20th
In the Kitchen: Shavuot in the Sephardic Kitchen - Bread of the Seven Heavens, 5:30pm ET on Thursday May 21
Food x Identity: Michael Twitty in Conversation, 8pm ET on Thursday May 21
ShirLaLa’s Shabbat Table: Soul-filled Play for Kids and Families from Candles to Kiddush, 6pm on Friday May 22nd
In the Kitchen: Mexican Brunch with Fany Gerson, 12:30pm ET on May 24th
Cocktails with a Conscience: Adapting Food Justice Work to a Pandemic Scale, 5pm ET on May 25th
There’s also a roster of virtual happy hours here.
While all programs are free and featured on Zoom, Instagram and Facebook, the organizers welcome contributions to support their presenters, small businesses that are struggling, and organizations that are helping address food insecurity in this moment, and every moment.
Enjoy! And as my father would say, Zei Gezunt!