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OFFSITE EVENT! Thurs. Oct. 26. Leah Koenig & Chef David Nayfeld. PORTICO: Cooking and Feasting in Rome's Jewish Kitchen. 7:00-8:30 p.m. at The JCCSF. $42 includes a signed copy of the book.


The JCCSF is hosting this event - you must buy your ticket through their site here.

The event takes place at 3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118. Please call the JCCSF at 415.634.2335 with any questions. 

If you can't make it to the talk, pre-order a signed copy of the book and we'll ship it to you!  Pre-order a signed copy here

A captivating culinary tour through Rome’s centuries-old Jewish community with a leading authority of Jewish food in conversation with the chef/owner of Che Fico.

Portico: Cooking and Feasting in Rome’s Jewish Kitchen features over 100 deeply flavorful recipes and beautiful photographs of Rome’s Jewish community, the oldest in Europe. The city’s Jewish residents have endured many hardships, including 300 years of persecution inside the Roman Jewish Ghetto. Out of this strife grew resilience, a deeply knit community, and a uniquely beguiling cuisine. Today, the community thrives on Via del Portico d’Ottavia (the main road in Rome’s Ghetto neighborhood)―and beyond.

Leah Koenig’s recipes showcase the cuisine’s elegantly understated vegetables, saucy braised meats and stews, rustic pastas, resplendent olive oil–fried foods, and never-too-sweet desserts. Home cooks can explore classics of the Roman Jewish repertoire with Stracotto di Manzo (a wine-braised beef stew), Pizza Ebraica (fruit-and-nut-studded bar cookies), and, of course, Carciofi alla Giudia, the quintessential Jewish-style fried artichokes. A standout chapter on fritters―showcasing the unique gift Roman Jews have for delicate frying―includes sweet honey-soaked matzo fritters, fried salt cod, and savory potato pastries (burik) introduced by the thousands of Libyan Jews who immigrated to Rome in the 1960s and ’70s. Every recipe is masterfully tailored to the home cook, while maintaining the flavor and integrity of tradition. Suggested menus for holiday planning round out the usability and flexibility of these dishes.

 All seating is first come, first served.

Questions? Email support@jccsf.org

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