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SJCCtv: Bagel Bites – Episode #5: Zylberschtein’s Delicatessen & Bakery
May 17 @ 10:30 am
Episode #5 of Bagel Bites features an interview with Josh Grunig of Zylberschtein’s Delicatessen & Bakery. A series of six “well-rounded” interviews with Seattle’s old and new crop of bagel makers. and how to support these Jewish-owned businesses now. Watch live on SJCCtv on YouTube. New episodes premiere every Sunday at 10:30 am. Hosted by Pamela Lavitt, Director SJCC Arts+Ideas and Festivals director and Warren Etheredge, SJFF shorts curator and founder of the Walla Walla Movie Crush short film festival.
Watch (premieres Sunday, May 17 at 10:30 am):
The Pinehurst neighborhood in Seattle is not an obvious location for bagels, babka, schmaltz, and pastrami, but it is where Josh Grunig realized his dream of opening a Jewish-style deli and bakery in spring 2019. A graduate of the San Francisco Baking Institute, Grunig first worked in Seattle as a Night Manager at Grand Central Bakery then founded Standard Bakery, a wholesale outfit making sourdough loaves and classic American treats for local Seattle coffee shops and grocery stores.
Zylberschtein’s Delicatessan & Bakery is the bakery’s permanent home and a new venture offering a menu “that is all about comfort food and nostalgia,” from house-made breads, bagels, and pastries to cured meats and pickles (his dad’s specialty – although his mom oversees most of the baking). While traditional Jewish delis have been disappearing (in 2018 Haaretz reported that New York had only 30 delis left vs. 1,500 in the ’30s), Grunig is defying the odds with his New York meets Northwest flair 90% sourced from local farms.
Named after his great grandfather Morris Zylberschtein, who emigrated from Poland, in the 1920s, Grunig says: “you don’t have to know how to say it, pronounce it, or spell it, just taste the family recipes baked in, eat and enjoy it!”