Taste of Jewish Culture 2015 Kicks Off!

The Workmen’s Circle Kicks Off Taste of Jewish Culture Series with Georgian Feast at Marani

2015 Series Includes 90’s Bar Mitzvah Party, Annual Street Fair, Workshops and More!

Contact: Noah Arenstein, Real Cheap Eats, scharfandzoyer@gmail.com (917) 727-5392

Sara Koenig, The Workmen’s Circle, skoenig@circle.org, (212) 889-6800 ext. 813 

On Sunday, February 22nd, join the Workmen’s Circle for the first taste of an event series that, throughout 2015, will showcase the variety and depth of Jewish cuisine and culture in New York City.

The “Taste of Jewish Culture” event series will kick off with a khachapuri feast at Marani, the first and only Glatt Kosher Georgian restaurant in New York City. Located in Rego Park, Queens, Marani is unique in that it has two kitchens — a meat kitchen in the modern upstairs dining room, and a a milches kitchen downstairs for baking traditional khachapuri, a traditional Georgian cheese pizza that is now a popular Israeli brunch dish.

Georgia has a well-earned reputation for its stunning cuisine. Straddling the Silk Road and the rich food cultures of Turkey and Iran, along with the flavors of Russia and Eastern Europe, creates an inspired cuisine, uniquely defined by its place, but meshing comfortably with its neighbors. The often cheese-filled family of breads known as khachapuri are the backbone of the cuisine, and the small, Georgian bakeries that dot the outer boroughs beguile passerbys with the scent of freshly-baked bread.

This interactive event will be held in the bakery of Marani at 1pm. Marani’s bakers will demonstrate the ins and outs of khachapuri-making before serving a Georgian-Jewish lunch with badrajani (eggplant rolled around walnut paste), pkhali (Georgian vegetable spreads) and much more! 

Tickets for the February 22nd Marani feast are $25 per person. Space is limited so sign up soon! Purchase tickets here.

Getting to Marani: Take the M or R trains to 63 Dr. – Rego Park, walk two blocks to 97-26 63rd Road.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Taste of Jewish Culture events:

  • Saturday, April 25, 7pm: Party Like It’s Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Roulette, Brooklyn
  • Wednesday, May 13, 7pm: Secrets & Tastes of Ashkenazi Cooking with Gefilteria, The Workmen’s Circle HQ

For more than a century, the Workmen’s Circle has been cultivating a proudly progressive, diverse and inclusive community rooted in Jewish culture and social action. The Workmen’s Circle’s Taste of Jewish Culture Series offers a modern take on traditional Jewish dishes. The series includes hands-on workshops, walking tours, tastings and the annual Taste of Jewish Culture Street Fair, a signature event that attracts local vendors and thousands of guests in Manhattan.