Culinary Arts + Chefs

Our fable to table series highlights food and storytelling as sustenance. Hear from Jewish chefs and cookbook authors, see food-focused films, get in the kitchen, nosh on some great food, and more!

Mazel tov Zahav!
Seattle Jewish Film Festival special guest Michael Solomonov (IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE – catch an encore screening in October) won a 2016 James Beard Award for his cookbook “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.”
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$35 + tax | J members & staff get $5 off – purchase in person | pick-up only

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Upcoming Events

Deep Breath Baking: Challah Cooking Class

challah-webWednesday, September 28 | 6:30 p.m.
$20 | $15 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

This fun and relaxing workshop weaves together challah baking and mindfulness to teach a universal lesson that “rest is part of the recipe.” While the challah rises, explore the “Women of the Book” art exhibit, a collection of original works representing each Torah portion. Since 2009, groups from Montreal to Mexico City have raved about this unique deep breath baking program – offered for the first time by instructor Michal Waldfogel.

Cooking Class & Film: IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE

israeli-cuisine-webThursday, October 20
7 p.m. class | 7: 45 p.m. film
Class & film: $15 | $10 SJCC members
Film only: $10 | $8 SJCC members

Follow James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov on a cinematic and culinary tour of Israel’s vibrant food scene in this documentary by two-time Oscar nominee Director Roger Sherman. Join us before the film to cook and sample recipes from Solomonov’s  ZAHAV Cookbook, winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Cookbook. Signed cookbooks for sale online and at the event. Rated PG.

Babka & Rugelach

babka-webTuesday, November 22 | 6:30 p.m.
$20 | $15 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

Learn the time-honored skill and artistry of baking these buttery Eastern European sweet treats. Take home your delicious baked masterpieces when the evening is over.

Instructor Shelley Adatto-Baumgarten has been baking stuffed savory pastries and desserts for the last twenty years. She developed a love of cooking and baking from her maternal grandmother and is proud to carry on and teach the culinary traditions of her ancestors.

Sephardic Delicacies: Cheesy Potato Fritters

fritters-webSunday, December 11 | 2 p.m.
$20 | $15 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

Gather in the SJCC kitchen to learn a Sephardic Hanukkah cooking tradition. Instead of latkes, make mouth-watering cheesy potato fritters with Seattle’s Rachel Almeleh, author of “A Legacy of Sephardic, Mediterranean, and American Recipes.”

Introduction to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving

pickling-webTuesday, January 31 | 7 p.m.
$25 | $20 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

Canning is all about locking in great local, fresh, seasonal flavors, so that you can enjoy them throughout the year! During Tu B’Shevat (the Jewish holiday of trees) participants will learn canning science and safety, and  leave with jars of food and the skills to continue pickling at home! Taught by instructor Josh Furman. Prices include $5 canning supply fee.

Wine Tasting: Grapes of Portugal & Spain

wine-tasting-webSaturday, February 25 | 7:30 p.m.
Food trucks at 6:15
$20 | $15 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

Elevate your Purim celebration! At this wine seminar and tasting you’ll learn about the grapes of Portugal and the lesser-known regions of Spain. Led by world-class sommelier Orr Reches. After completing his IDF service, Reches, a Tel Aviv native, took a bartender course, moved to New York City, and became a barman and sommelier at some of the city’s finest dining Michelin-rated establishments.

Wine generously supplied by Olé Imports. Come early and buy dinner before – food truck arrives at 6:30 p.m.

Persian Cooking Class

persian-cooking-webTuesday, February 28 | 6:30 p.m.
$20 | $15 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

Join us for this special Purim cooking class featuring Persian Jewish meals fit for Queen Esther. We’ll make lubio polo, an essential Iranian dish with green beans and fixings over fragrant basmati rice – a gorgeously rich one-dish meal the whole family will love.

Ice Cream Making Class

parfait-webSunday, June 4 | 2 p.m.
$20 | $15 SJCC members, seniors, students, youth

Join us for an ice cream party with a purpose:  learn how to make organic, artisan ice cream from scratch from the owner of Parfait, a Jewish-owned sustainable model, small business in Ballard. Perfect for families and those who are just kids at heart. Let’s all scream for real ice cream!

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