Traditional classics to the rarely explored flavors of Jewish cuisine will be included in the ABQ Nosh Fest.
The festival, presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque, takes place on Sunday, Jan. 14. It will feature Jewish food prepared by some of Albuquerque’s best chefs and restaurants, including Il Vicino, Rhubarb & Elliott, Savoy Bar & Grill, Savory Fare Cafe & Bakery, Sharon’s Gourmet to Go, Slate Street Cafe and Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro.
“Everybody loves the savory aspects of Jewish cooking, the briskets, the corned beef, lox and bagels, the pastramis, the soups, the classic matzo ball soups,” said David J. Simon, executive director of the JCC. “A lot of people are less familiar with a lot of the other things. The sweet side of Jewish cooking, a variety of desserts, you know – noodle dishes and things like that. We’re just really excited because it’s a great nosh list that we have going of food items with a tremendous lineup of chefs and eateries.”
Some items also will be shipped in from New York City, one of the headquarters of Jewish cooking.
“We have babka – it’s kind of like a rolled cake, if you can picture a jelly roll, but it’s chocolate-stuffed, with spices and other fruits,” Simon said. “That’s being shipped in from New York. Along with those things some other crowd favorites, like kosher hot dogs, shawarma, which is another grilled meat sandwich which you get on the streets of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cities, a common Israeli item. Then there’s some of the other kind of Jewish standbys, like chopped liver, things like that, falafel and knishes. Knishes is like the Jewish empanada. They’re a pastry stuffed with sweet and savory fillings, so it’s almost like an empanada or sopaipilla kind of thing.”