Originally 30 people were signed up and that was great.
Just over 100 people showed up and participated, 70 of which were die hard beginning to end 2.5 hours worth of audience members..
On the menu: Kosher/Soul Rolls (recipe to come–with pastrami and collard greens inside) with a ginger and scallion based dipping sauce, Southern style hamantaschen–with benne brittle (sesame candy), peach preserves and blackberry preserves, and black eyed pea hummus spiced with heirloom peppers and special soul-style seasonings. Culinary historian and food writer Jane Ziegelman, author of 97 Orchard of the Tenement Museum in New York was in attendance with her family! What prestigious company I had! Special thanks to Karen Falk–curator of the fantastic exhibit Chosen Food, Ilene Dackmann-Alon, and Rachel Cylus who inherited the massive task and pulled it off beautifully. Thank you Jewish Museum of Maryland!
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