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Eat this! Gefilte fish, the Jewish aphrodisiac

What it is: A traditional Jewish dish, gefilte fish are balls or cakes of seasoned minced fish simmered in fish stock and served chilled. The fish could be any kind that’s available. Historically, inexpensive carp was often used; Schafer Fisheries in Thomson, Ill., exports millions of pounds of Asian carp from the Mississippi to Israel […]

14 places to celebrate Passover 2011 in Chicago

Passover, the Jewish commemoration of the Biblical Exodus, begins at sunset Monday, April 18. While most Jews will gather for ritual meals called seders at family homes, if you don’t have a seder to go to, a variety of local restaurants stand ready to provide you with traditional food, if not always services.

Oil up rusty recipes at Chicago Passover class

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in the Loop wants you to tune up your holiday cooking at “Passover Boot Camp,” a one-evening holiday crash course from Chef Laura Frankel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

Hamantashen, Rahmentashen, noise about Purim in Chicago

Sunset tomorrow marks the start of Purim, the annual celebration of yet another occasion when somebody tried but didn’t quite succeed in wiping out the Jews — in this case a Persian tyrant in about 360 B.C. What’s happening in Chicago?

Hanukkah, Chanukah: however you spell it, it’s soon!

The LeeVees debate the Hanukkah conundrum: “Applesauce or sour cream?” Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins at sunset Wednesday, Dec. 1. Get ready, Chicago! Learn some new latke recipes with Chef Laura Frankel at “Latke-Palooza” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in the South Loop. Executive chef […]

Eat this! Tzimmes, a sweet start to the Jewish New Year

Jews serve tzimmes at Rosh Hashana, a holiday rich in symbolic foods, because custom calls for serving sweet dishes at the High Holidays in hopes of a sweet New Year.

10 places to get Rosh Hashana dinner in Chicago

Plenty of Chicagoland restaurants are happy to help you greet Rosh Hashana 5771 on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8–9.

Happy Birthday, The Bagel

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, The Bagel Restaurant & Deli in Lakeview and Skokie invites deli lovers to do their “wurst” in its “DELI-icious Sandwich Contest.”

Are you ready for the Jewish holidays?

The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies will help you tool up for a sweet 5771 with “Rosh Hashanah Boot Camp,” a one-evening holiday crash course.

Join the fight for life: Dine out on Thursday

The single largest HIV/AIDS benefit in the country, the 17th Annual Dining Out for Life, takes place Thursday, April 29. A portion of your meal check at a variety of Chicago and suburban restaurants will benefit AIDSCare Progressive Services, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Chicagoans with HIV/AIDS through housing,