Earlier this month, Chef Jodi was invited by Rabbi Ron Shulman to conduct a special cooking demonstration for Congregation Beth El during its Thursday night learning session.
Approximately 25 of the synagogue’s congregants attended her “Cooking Inspirations for Shabbat” event, where she taught guests how to create an inspiring Shabbat dinner menu using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The evening began with some farm-to-table and Jewish food trivia games, and then participants were split up into three groups for their own hands-on cooking class experience. Together, the group prepared menu items, such as Smoked Trout Dip with Labne Cheese, Roasted Grape Salad with Arugula and Manchego, Roasted Salmon with Dill Pesto, Quinoa with Garbanzo Beans with Lemon Juice and Zucchini and Goat Cheese Mousse with Oreo Cookie Bites.
Rabbi Shulman believed our cooking class to be a huge success and said, “Thank you for a lovely program. Everyone enjoyed the experience and raved about the food! I greatly appreciate your effort and participation.”
Others felt the same way. Nicholas Akers, a sous chef, was so inspired by the evening that he bought one of our cookbooks so he could re-create Chef Jodi’s meal for his own Shabbat dinner. Another participant wrote, “Jodi was engaging, enthusiastic and made sure everyone present was involved. The food was incredible, and we will certainly be repeating those recipes!”
Thanks for having us, Congregation Beth El! What a treat it was to cook with you all.