What You Need to Know Before Firing up the Grill

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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. 


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

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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.

Siena’s is Moving to Randolph Hills Shopping Center

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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

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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

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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.

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.