Jewish Food & Culture Fest Will Bring Bham Community Together
By Bob Greenberg,
When you ask Birmingham Jewish community volunteers Isa Dorsky, Lori Dorsky, and Jacob Halpern what motivated them to serve as co-chairs for this year’s newly designed Jewish Food and Culture Fest, their response is in unison: “Food brings people together!”
This chorus of enthusiastic leadership bodes well for the return of two of Birmingham’s premier Jewish food events: The LJCC’s Jewish Food Festival and Temple Beth-El’s When Pig’s Fly Kosher BBQ Cook-Off on April 22, 2018 from 11 am-3 pm. This year’s event is generously sponsored by the Friedman Family Foundation, and includes additional partners Temple Emanu-El, the Birmingham Jewish Federation, Chabad of Alabama and Knesseth Israel. This makes for a rare and powerful collaboration of Jewish organizations.
The Food: A featured food at this year’s event will be smoked beef brisket prepared in a new smoker built by experienced BBQ specialist Carl Vernon just for this event-it’s 8 feet long, ready to produce succulent platters of brisket. In addition, the menu includes traditional Jewish favorites: freshly made falafel, pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, stuffed cabbage rolls, matzah ball soup, potato burekas, noodle kugel, Israeli salad, special sampler and whitefish plates. Hot dogs for kids, an array of desserts, drinks and beer will round out the menu.
The Competition: The When Pigs Fly Kosher BBQ Cook-Off returns to name a new Grand Champion. Local chefs and backyard barbecuers will battle for points in the following categories: Beef Brisket, BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Team Name, and Team Booth. The art of seasoning (dry rub or sauce?) and smoking (overnight or quick-cooked?) will be taken to new levels by teams from all over Birmingham and the region. Based on Kansas City BBQ Association rules, the cook-off features celebrity judges who will name the winners in each category, and a Grand Champion who will take home the trophy. To sign up a team, click below.
Yom Haatzmaut (Israel’s Birthday): Our community will celebrate Israel’s 70th year since its founding in 1948. To honor and educate about Israel, several things are planned: a model of the Western Wall (Kotel) with special decorations; a mock IDF obstacle course incorporating Jewish education for kids; and a unique photo and art exhibit of Israel that includes several paintings of the Violins of Hope and photos of historic Israeli locations.
Family Fun: No festival would be complete without plenty of kids’ activities and music. Inflatables, an obstacle course, and educational games will be featured in the Kid Zone. Entertainment will be provided by The Regulators, and the Disco Amigo Dancers. This event is pet-friendly; dogs must be on a leash at all times.
A Note About Our Sponsors: This event is a fundraiser, too — supporting all of the partnering organizations. This collaborative event is made possible by our event sponsor, the Friedman Family Foundation. Additional sponsors — including the Marvin & Ruth Engel Fund of the Birmingham Jewish Foundation and the Birmingham Jewish Foundation’s Unrestricted Fund — are lining up to support our community. For a sponsorship packet click below or contact LJCC staffer Dan Tourtellote at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for more details featuring the Food Fest Menu, When Pigs Fly BBQ Cook-off highlights, the Yom Haatzmaut Celebration, and more festival details.