“What could be a better way to celebrate our Jewish heritage than with food?” said Evelyn Bromet, President of the Stony Brook Hillel Board of Directors. “We are inviting the entire community to join us on Sunday, September 4, at Stony Brook University to meet Gil Marks, hear Ted Merwin, and taste delicious samples from some of our area’s top producers of Jewish and kosher food products.
Heading up the program is Gil Marks, author of The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, which is nominated for a 2011 James Beard award. Marks will conduct a live cooking demonstration and tasting, and sign copies of his acclaimed book. Merwin, a professor at Dickinson College who writes and lectures on American Jewish culture, will speak on “Homeland for the Jewish Soul: The New York Jewish Deli” and samples will be provided by local kosher delis including Zan’s of Lake Grove.
Manufacturers of kosher food products and popular Israeli products will be on hand providing samples of their wares. Greenfield’s ShopRite—which recently opened a store in Commack, in addition to its two Plainview stores, and carries a large selection of kosher products—will be on hand with samples of its homemade gefilte fish. Sampling will also be available from Zucker Bakers, the New York Knish Factory, and several others.
“This will be an event with something for everyone,” said Gloria Snyder (MA’72), Hillel Board Vice President and President of the Stony Brook University Alumni Association. “We are delighted to host this opportunity for the entire Suffolk community to come together on our campus.”
Students, faculty, alumni, parents, and members of the local community are all expected to participate, and the event also has the support of the Central Suffolk Jewish Alliance, an organization of 14 local Suffolk synagogues.
“This is a chance to support our Hillel, learn something about our great culinary heritage, and have a delicious experience all in the same place!” said Bromet.