NYC: Film ‘In Search of Israeli Cuisine’
March 24 - March 31
Synopsis: In 30 years, Israel has gone from having no fine food to call its own to having world-renowned cuisine. Director Roger Sherman went to Tel Aviv for the first time in 2010, and found a vibrant restaurant scene that rivals New York, San Francisco, London, and Paris. Most importantly, Roger discovered the people of Israel and the remarkable food traditions they produce. The traditions are diverse–Moroccan, Persian, Lebanese, French, Italian, and Russian; Jewish, Arab, Palestinian, Christian, and Druze; kosher and non-kosher, secular and religious. Home cooks are preserving their grandmothers’ recipes and dynamic chefs are updating them.
The film’s chef/guide is Michael Solomonov, a James Beard Award-winning chef and co-owner of Zahav in Philadelphia. The filmmakers follow Mike into restaurants and home kitchens, wineries and cheese makers, and he eats street food and visits markets. He discusses the traditions, ingredients, origins, and the future of Israeli cuisine.