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.

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.

Siena’s is Moving to Randolph Hills Shopping Center

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

Siena’s Vegetarian Pizzeria and Restaurant in Rockville, Maryland, will move later this summer from its current Twinbrook Parkway location to the Randolph Hills Shopping Center, right next to kosher grocery Moti’s Market. Siena’s owner Ramesh Zadeh recently talked with Kol HaBirah about the restaurant's history, her professional background, and the upcoming move.

A Taste of Little Italy in the Heart of Pikesville

Written by Aliza Chlewicki on . Posted in Food/Dining

Billed as an “authentic Italian dinner experience,” new restaurant Sapori opened May 6 in the Greenspring Shopping Center in Pikesville, Maryland. Its menu, which is in Italian with English subtitles, includes antipasti (appetizers), zuppa (soups), insalata (salads), pizza, pasta, frutti di mare (seafood), contorni (side dishes), and dolcetti (desserts). Sapori’s walls are hung with pictures of Italian landscapes and architecture; and its tables, which seat up to 60 guests, are almost always at capacity.

New Kosher Restaurant Coming to Downtown Baltimore

Written by Alex Holt on . Posted in Food/Dining

At first glance, downtown Baltimore might seem like an odd place to open a kosher restaurant like The Daily Special, but having a mixed clientele of Jews and non-Jews is just fine with Daniel Neuman, the Baltimore-based chef brought on by kosher café impresario Salomon Bemaras and Blue Ocean Realty President Jonathan Ehrenfeld. Bemaras and Ehrenfeld engaged Neuman’s services last year to consult on the restaurant’s opening, which is scheduled for later this spring.

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.

What You Need to Know Before Firing up the Grill

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

With seven in 10 U.S. adults owning a grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association, for many Americans summertime means it’s time to cook up mouth-watering dishes and invite friends and family over for a barbeque.

College Park Cold Stone No Longer Under Vaad Supervision

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UPDATE JUNE 22, 2018 12:15 P.M.: The new owner of the Cold Stone Creamery in College Park said it was purely financial considerations that led to the decision not to keep the store's kosher certification. It hasn't been a great year for the business, he said, and faced with the choice between lay-offs or not paying $1,000 per year for certification, the decision was to go with the latter. He said he values the Jewish community's patronage, and when the store's financial situation improves he definitely intends to reach out to the Vaad about resuming kosher certification. 

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The Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington’s recent kashrut alert and the community’s response offer an interesting case study: How do you maintain transparency as a community institution while protecting business owners’ privacy, refraining from loshon harah (forbidden negative speech), and avoiding any legal pitfalls?

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.