David Trone: Total Wine and Beyond

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Food/Dining

David Trone of Potomac, Maryland, is the co-founder of Total Wine & More, the largest private alcohol retail chain in the U.S. In 30 years, the company has grown from a single location in Delaware to 173 stores in 24 states doing billions of dollars in sales.

People With Certain Food Allergies Find Some Reprieve in Kosher for Pesach Foods

Written by Malka Goldberg on . Posted in Food/Dining

Managing food allergies is a year-round challenge, but kosher for Pesach food has significant implications for people with several common food allergies or sensitivities. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the top eight food allergens are milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. Kosher for Pesach food can make it easier to avoid some of these allergens, while making it harder to avoid others.

Potomac 18: A New Facility and National Ambitions

Written by Gabe Aaronson on . Posted in Food/Dining

On Beechcraft Road in Gaithersburg, Maryland, there is seemingly typical industrial park, with businesses selling batteries, tires, trophies, and even entire patios. What makes this industrial park unique, however, is that it is home to kosher caterer Potomac 18’s new facility, which features the largest permanently kosher kitchen in America.

Successful Virginia Microdistillery Catoctin Creek is Also Certified Kosher

Written by Hillel Goldschein on . Posted in Food/Dining

Husband and wife team Scott and Becky Harris started Catoctin Creek, a certified organic and kosher microdistillery in Purcellville, Virginia, in 2009. I spoke with Scott about the choice to get kosher certification, the company’s expansion to the national market, and product recommendations for the holiday just around the corner.

Got Gelt? Make Cookies!

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Chanukah gelt cookies are a major hit for the under-4 set, and also for anyone who loves sugar cookies. They’re sweet, uncomplicated, quick, and seasonal — exactly what you want a Chanukah cookie to be, and a great way to get rid of all those chocolate coins!

Now Serving: Holy Chow

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After much anticipation, take-out restaurant Holy Chow opened for business in the Kemp Mill Shopping Center of Silver Spring, Maryland, this week.

Tweaking Traditional Jewish Recipes for Today’s Healthy Eater

Written by Jackie Feldman on . Posted in Food/Dining

Paula Shoyer, local celebrity chef and baker, recently released a new cookbook, her fourth, titled “The Healthy Jewish Cookbook.” Currently a resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and a lawyer by training, Shoyer was living in Switzerland when she decided to go to pastry school in Paris “just for fun” and ended up with a catering business in Geneva. Her first cookbook, “The Kosher Baker,” was released in 2010, and “The Holiday Kosher Baker” was released in 2013. When her publisher requested a Passover cookbook, “The New Passover Menu” was born, and Shoyer shifted into writing savory cookbooks.

Savor the Season With Soup

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The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel is an award-winning, deluxe hotel situated in the heart of Jerusalem overlooking the Old City walls, and minutes away from all the major cultural and historical sites. With its Jerusalem stone exterior, the 283-room hotel is known for its intimate, authentic Jerusalem character and impeccable world-class service. The hotel was recently awarded the 2016 TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award. Previously, the property was voted the most luxurious hotel in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, as well as the best hotel in Israel and fourth best hotel in the entire Middle East by readers of the Condé Nast Traveler magazine.