Michael Chelst Continues to Up the Kosher Food Game

Written by Rachel Kohn on . Posted in Food/Dining

Michael Chelst is a loan officer and branch manager for Norcom Mortgage in Rockville, Maryland, but most Kol HaBirah readers know him better as the local kosher restaurateur who has operated DC eatery Char Bar for the past four years. Since 2018, Chelst acquired Nut House Pizza in Silver Spring, Maryland, with Ira Feldman, and the DC-based Brooklyn Sandwich Co. food truck as well.

Back to the Basics: Bimbo Bakeries USA Confirms Kosher Re-certification

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

After removing kosher certification from many of its items, Bimbo Bakeries USA will once again be selling kosher products.

“After hearing from our loyal kosher consumers and after productive meetings with our Kosher Certifiers, Bimbo Bakeries USA is pleased to announce that we will once again be offering kosher products under the Arnold, Sara Lee and Ball Park brands,” the company announced in late January.

News Updates: Meat Maven, Bimbo Bakery, Seasons Kosher

Written by Gabe Aaronson on . Posted in Food/Dining

Meat Maven at Moti's Market

On Nov. 11, Meat Maven took over management of the meat department at Moti’s Market in Rockville, Maryland. According to Gideon Sasson, the owner of Moti’s Market, and Shalom Rubashkin, a regional director for Meat Maven, this new partnership means more kosher meat options for consumers at lower prices.

Behind the Launch of VeganNation

Written by Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c on . Posted in Food/Dining

Israeli friends create online vegan lifestyle ecosystem offering products and services, meal sharing app, tech incubator, meetups, content and more.

On Sept. 2 — 118 years since the birth of Donald Watson, coiner of the term “vegan” in 1944 — Israel-based VeganNation launched its initial coin offering to kick off a decentralized community and marketplace for millions of worldwide vegans.

The Taste of Memories

Written by Noy Peri on . Posted in Food/Dining

Connecting food, heritage, loss, and love for Israel.

Part of what made me want to be a shlicha, an Israeli emissary, is my love for my home country of Israel, as well as my desire to help others see its beauty; to fall in love with it, not just on their own, but through my eyes. To see Israel the way I see her.

Star-K Addresses Claims Regarding Its Products from India

Written by Gabe Aaronson on . Posted in Food/Dining

In his book titled “Kosher,” Georgia State University law professor Timothy Lytton wrote that the Star-K, based in Baltimore, is one of the “big five” kosher agencies that certify 80 percent of kosher food worldwide. The others are Organized Kashrut Laboratories (OK), Orthodox Union (OU), Chof-K, and Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC). The Star-K has a substantial international presence, including in the Far East and India where it certifies 1,000 food facilities.

Don’t Play Chicken With Food Safety

Written by Malka Goldberg on . Posted in Food/Dining

There’s no recall of Empire brand chicken, just a reminder to follow food safety protocols.

An alert issued by the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) on Aug. 24 caused a wave of concern — and lots of confusion — among consumers who keep kosher. The public health alert, issued “out of an abundance of caution,” notified the public about a potential link between Empire Kosher Poultry raw chicken products and a recent Salmonella outbreak. While the alert was intended to remind consumers how to safely handle and prepare raw chicken, many misinterpreted it as a recall of Empire chicken.

The Impossible Burger Makes DC Debut

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

Detroiters Bernie and Cookie Gonik marked the end of their year-long sojourn in the Georgetown Jewish community by coordinating a highly-anticipated farewell treat at Congregation Kesher Israel — revolving around kosher cheeseburgers.