WEST ORANGE, NJ — Dubbed "the best food film of 2016" and voted "Ford Best of the Fest" by this year's New Jersey Jewish Film Festival attendees, "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. As a special summer treat, JCC Metrowest in West Orange is re-screening "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" on July 24 at 7 p.m.
The feature-length documentary puts a face on the culture of Israel, profiling chefs, home cooks, vintners and cheese-makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today—Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze. A rich and human story of the people emerges.
The public is invited to come early and bring their families for an Israeli feast to be served before the film begins. Catered by Jerusalem Restaurant in Elizabeth, dinner will feature signature Israeli dishes.
In keeping with Jewish dietary laws, all food will be kosher.
The film by Roger Sherman was initiated by his first visit to Israel in 2010, when he learned about the Tel Aviv vibrant food scene, Jerusalem restaurants that have shed their stuffiness, 350 critically acclaimed boutique wineries and a thriving cheese industry—along with the diverse food traditions of the equally diverse Israeli people. As the film's guide, Sherman chose James Beard Award-winning chef and co-owner of the acclaimed Philadelphia restaurant Zahav, Michael Solomonov.
The filmmakers follow Solomonov into hot restaurants and home kitchens, wineries and cheese makers. All over the country, he discusses traditions, ingredients, the origins and the future of Israeli Cuisine.
What makes "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" so intriguing, according to viewers, is that most people don't realize what occurs culinary scene of Israel—or that Israel even has a culinary scene.
"People laughed when I told them Israel has one of the most dynamic food cultures in the world," said Sherman, who has tapped into an intriguing subject with enormous audience potential with this film.
The cost for the dinner and film will be $10 for individuals and $25 for a family of four. Sponsors of the 2016 New Jersey Jewish Film Festival will be admitted free.