It’s the next best thing to being there: The Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) launches Boston’s first Taste of Israel from Sunday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, March 2.
Twelve local restaurants will present Israeli dishes, concocted by pairs of (mostly) Jewish chefs.
The idea springs from an Israeli food tour that Michael Leviton (formerly of Lumière and Area Four) and Passover master Tony Maws (you know him from Craigie on Main and Kirkland Tap & Trotter) went on last year. The group toured the country sampling food and wine in restaurants, markets and in Israeli homes.
Here’s the (partial) lineup:
- Bourekas with matbucha, egg and fresh cheese
- Cauliflower salad
- Sabich sandwich
- Roasted cauliflower (served on a bed of tzatziki)
- Chicken shawarma hummus (served with focaccia bread)
- Lahmajoun (spiced lamb and beef, tahini and pumpkin seeds)
- Sinia shakshuka (two poached eggs in a spiced tomato sauce with kebabs, tahini and labneh, served with a choice of bread)
- Mediterranean sundae (vanilla ice cream, silan (date honey), nuts and halva)
- Sirloin skewers (sirloin cut cubes grilled with crushed cumin, coriander, salt, pepper and oil, served with ciabatta, fresh chives, roasted vine tomato and parsley coulis)
- Deconstructed baba ghanoush (roasted eggplant mashed in skin, with crushed garlic, salt, raw tahini, honey and parsley)
Learn more here. Happy eating!