Jewish Foodie News

It’s a new year and there’s plenty going on in the world of Jewish and kosher food.

Here in New York, The Prime Grill will be celebrating its Bar Mitzvah year by relocating to its new location at 25 West 56th Street. Joey Allaham, owner of Prime Hospitality Group, felt that it was time to move on to another space and present the customers with the “new generation” of The Prime Grill.

According to the press release last week, the expanded Prime Grill will feature more options on the menu and a wood-brick oven. It will also offer a new feature, The Herzog Room where customers will be able to enjoy rare vintages of Herzog Kosher wine, as well as arrange tastings & pairings with a Herzog sommelier.

Meanwhile one of my favorite kosher eateries continues to expand – Soom Soom will soon open its newest location on the Upper East Side. I love everything at Soom Soom, but my favorite things to order are the Sabich sandwich, limonana and the fried potato on a stick – its heavenly! And the best part? Mondays are buy one-get one free night – buy one sandwich and get the second free! Best kosher dinner deal around.

If you love to hear and share stories about family and food, an upcoming event at 92Y Tribeca might be just the ticket for you. On January 16th the venue will be hosting “Beyond Bubbie: Tales from the Kitchen.” More about the event:

Join MC David Sax (Save the Deli) as the stories overflow like your Bubbie’s boiling chicken soup. Raconteurs include Mo Rocca (“My Grandmother’s Ravioli,” “CBS Sunday Morning” and “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”), Carla Hall (“The Chew,” “Top Chef” and Cooking with Love), Joan Nathan (New York Times Contributor and cookbook author), Jake Dell (Katz’s Deli), Alan Richman (GQ food correspondent and James Beard Award winner), Judy Batalion and Cantor Shira Ginsburg Bubby’s Kitchen.

You can join in on the show and share a one-minute story – write to and you could be chosen to dish out your culinary guru’s story. And don’t forget to bring a favorite recipe to be entered into a drawing for a variety of gift certificates and prizes. Tickets can be purchased at

I’ve been pretty NYC-centric in this update so I wanted to share some non-New York Jewish Foodie news, which comes straight from our Nosher contributor What Jew Wanna Eat. On February 10th, Austin, TX will hold their 8th Annual Kosher Chili Cook-Off at the JCC. This cook-off is not just some small-time community cook-off – sounds like they take their chili contests seriously!

Anyone who deems their recipe worthy can enter in a four-person team and battle it out for chili glory. In the past, restaurants and foodies of all ages have participated. Upon arrival at sunrise (okay, 8:00 a.m.), each team will receive 20 pounds of beef (except the vegetarians of course) and the kitchen utensils needed to feed a few hundred community members. Teams can bring in the spices, vegetables, beans and sauces they desire, but everything must be in the original packaging, not pre-chopped and certified kosher. Rabbi Neil Blumofe will be onsite to inspect the items.

I just wish I could be there to taste! Got some good Jewish Foodie News? Let us know!


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