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Event Tue Mar 15 2011

It's Only Tuesday, and already...What a Week for the Jews!

First, the Chicago Sun Times told us about mother-curated dating site for single Jews. Then, Judd Hirsch turned 76. And now comes word that Chicago will play host to a Downtown Seder at the Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm.

Ensuring that I won't need to book a last minute ticket back home to New York for Passover this year, the Downtown Seder is an event planned and produced by New York-based CityWinery founder Michael Dorf. The premier Chicago Downtown Seder event will feature performances from Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza with master flamenco guitarist Javier Rubial, New York comedienne Judy Gold (currently appearing in "Love, Loss and What I Wore" Off-Broadway), and renowned Anshe Emet Cantor Alberto Mizrahi aka "The Jewish Pavarotti".

A reading of the Haggadah will complement a traditional kosher meal. Well, traditional if Executive Chef Laura Frankel for Spertus Kosher Catering, and cuisine by Wolfgang Puck are part of your standard Pesach fare. Only 400 tickets are available, priced at $118 and $500, with tables of eight available for $1800 and $3600. For tickets and more information, please visit All proceeds for the event will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Two questions remain:
Will Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel be asked to read the questions of the Wicked Child?
Will they leave the Cultural Center's massive doors leading out onto Washington St open for Elijah?

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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