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Fairy Tale Night

Cocktails and bites out of legend In fairy tales, mythology, and even in the Talmud, the unicorn has always saved the human protagonist of the tale, to the extent that its popularity has only increased and it remains a fixture in the fantasy world of happiness, joy, and purity. Even when it is commercialized and […]

Warming up with cold ice cream

Chef Liran EIlon invites you to his magic laboratory at Cookie Cream for a hands-on workshop, where you will learn how to prepare ice cream – starting with choosing the raw materials, through the flavors and further to the different designs, and finally to tasting the perfect cold ice cream served between two mouth melting […]

Raman- movie and soup

Café Asia in Collaboration with the Jerusalem Cinemathèque Unless you have visited Japan, your acquaintance with Japanese cuisine most likely began and ended with sushi — that is, until fairly recently. From high-end restaurants to street stalls, sushi swept Israelis into a whirlpool of seaweed, rice, and fish, and opened the door to curiosity about […]

Fiesta: A Mexican wintertime celebration

No real Mexican fiesta is complete without rivers of mezcal flowing into drinking glasses like water. While Israelis have only recently made the acquaintance of mezcal, Mexico’s national drink, the Mexicans have had it for two thousand years. Unlike mezcal’s younger and better-known sibling, tequila, which is distilled only from the blue agave plant, mezcal […]

“Give me Machneyuda to go”

There is no argument that the Machneyuda Group has become one of the most successful Jerusalem brands that there is, as it bursts the boundaries of the Holy City and Israel to conquer the world. The restaurant, which is named for the Mahane Yehuda shuk, or open-air market, has been a pilgrimage destination for years, […]

Chef for a day

If there is one profession that successfully combines the dream of every mother, crossing boundaries of medicine and law with the heyday of a rock ‘n’ roll star, there is no doubt that it is that of a chef. It is not surprising at all when it comes to a trade, that combines the precision […]

A Meal on the Move

When we hear the name Ein Karem, our imagination takes flight. The lovely urban village of Ein Karem, with its buildings constructed of ancient Jerusalem stone set in a sea of forest green, contains stories and cuisine from times past that awaken all the senses. But Ein Karem’s beauty exists not only within its walls, […]

A Tapas Brunch

Some believe that the first cocktail party was invented by the British author Alec Waugh sometime in the mid-twentieth century. But a newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri reported as early as 1917 about one Mrs. Julius S. Wallace, who organized a luncheon for fifty guests one weekend, starting a local trend of similar parties. Just […]

Flavors of the Jerusalem street

An evening of beer and pizza inspired by Jerusalem’s neighborhoods – Mahane Yehuda market Any Jerusalemite will say that his or her neighborhood is the best one in the city. Any Jerusalemite will be able to spot where in the city you are from. That is no coincidence, since the neighborhoods here have character. All […]

A Mexican love story

A workshop on the proper preparation of tacos If you have ever bitten into a tortilla, sipped a margarita, or savored guacamole (and even if you have only heard about them but never tasted them), you will certainly agree that Mexican food is joyful food: brimming with optimism, color, flavor, and love. The heritage of […]

From Challah to Za’atar

If there are two dominant aromas that will get you out into the Jerusalem streets, they are the aroma of freshly baked challah on Friday morning, which fills the air with sweet warmth, and the tantalizing fragrance that bursts out the moment one opens the paper wrapping that encloses za’atar (hyssop), in which we will […]

Hospitality by Ezra Kedem

A conversation, a walking tour, and samples Chef Ezra Kedem Before there was Instagram, before we all became foodies, and before the culinary arts took over our lives, there was Ezra Kedem, who introduced high-end restaurants to Jerusalem’s cuisine. The first chefs to star on Israeli prime time, Kedem’s name became synonymous with innovative Israeli […]

The Knights of the Red Table

A Decadent Meal Served at Night Jousting was not the only thing that knights were known for. Even when they were just starting out as young men, knights learned how to pour wine and carve meat; the ceremony of a meal was just as important as that of a battle. At the end of a […]

What Do Kids Like to Eat?

A Tale of Five Balloons: story reading, pictures and dinner for children Our universe contains some great mysteries. Is there life on Mars? Where is Atlantis? And where on earth did Alon’s balloon end up? All of these questions are mystifying, confusing, and have no unequivocal answer — just like the question that many parents […]

From Mother’s Kitchen to Chef’s Restaurant

Early in the morning each day, Chef Zakai Hooja’s mother comes to Jacko’s Street, her son’s restaurant on Agrippas Street. There she works, preparing the Tripolitan delicacies, with her own special touches, for the menu of one of Jerusalem’s most respected restaurants. Food has always been a significant part of the Hooja family culture: each […]

The Architect of Desserts

When architect Elad Horn talks about stable foundations and design that speaks with the environment and is part of it, he is not talking about a new building that he is planning, but about baking. Horn, an architect who graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and from Harvard, is also the chief […]

!It’s Tea Time

A tea party and workshop with the Queen of Jam The British are coming back to Ein Kerem! It is told that during the Mandate period, Ein Kerem was their favorite place to spend Sundays. They would visit the cafés there and enjoy hospitality at the mukhtars’ homes. As part of the OpenRestaurants Festival, poet […]

La Nuit des Croissants

A croissant celebration by night The sound of autumn rain on the window wakes you from a sound sleep. Orange leaves cover the sidewalk, and the breeze wafts some of them away into the Seine. The street is redolent with the aroma of butter. The shelves of your favorite bakery’s display window are filled with […]

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

Passion fruit cream, sea salt, sabras, lychee and even basil. Dark milk and even white chocolate. When Forrest Gump released one of the most famous movie scenes into the world, he didn’t even know that the possibilities were so abundant. Such are the pralines of Ya’ara Kalmanovitch’s cocoa forest, full of surprises that delight the […]

The Breakfast Club

A decadent breakfast and an over-the-top party A truly good breakfast can lift your spirits to new heights and make the whole day a good deal better. The saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is a true one. In fact, breakfast is so important that there is only one way […]

For Dedicated Carnivores

A workshop on smoked Argentine meats No one prepares meat like the Argentinians. It is no wonder, then, that annual per-capita meat consumption there is about one hundred kilograms (almost five times that of Israel!). Some say jokingly that if Argentina’s meat industry were to collapse, the whole country would go down with it. This […]

The Taste Train that Runs from East to West and Back

A unique collaboration for the OpenRestaurants Festival between Citypass Light Rail and the Bitemojo smartphone app Train travel was never this tasty! The OpenRestaurants Festival and the Bitemojo application offer you an experience of flavors from all over — from the Mahane Yehuda market to the Old City and Damascus Gate. Given a choice between […]

The Winemaker’s Choice

An evening with the vintner of Amphorae Winery Good wine makes an already good meal a perfect one. The first bite of an entrée is a moment of discovery, filling the whole body with a pleasant surprise that makes it the best bite of all, a perfect meeting of flavors. It is the magic of […]

Israel’s Capital, aka the Beer City

This activity will be held in Hebrew A walking tour with a tasting at the Herzl Beer Factory The world of Israeli beer has been rejuvenated in recent years with the founding of small local breweries that are producing special types of beer that make a statement. One of the most prominent is Jerusalem’s first […]

From Spain to Jerusalem

The Atelier of Tali Friedman and Chef Juanjo Perles Clear your calendar and put your cares aside. Take a break from shopping and cooking for Shabbat for a quick trip to Spain. Chef Juanjo Perles, named Spain’s Best Promising Chef  for 2017, together with chefs from Tal Friedman’s atelier in the Mahane Yehuda market, invite […]

Yeast Secrets

Have you ever tried to stop nibbling on that babka cake?  If you have succeeded, then you are our hero because there is nothing stronger than a hot babka that has just come out of the oven, the smell that excites all senses, the soft bite that melts in your mouth, and the tremendous sense […]

Israeli wine tasting and Tapas

An evening of Israeli wine and tapas Wine can take us on a journey of places and stories, time, and the vintners who created it. It can take us on a trip of flavors and depths, unexpected connections and exciting combinations. It can move us from the first moment of excitement when we realize that […]

The Kurdish Experience

Kurdish hospitality and a workshop on kubbeh preparation Dalia Harfuf, the expert cook and storyteller, welcomes you to her beautiful stone house with Kurdish music, dances, and tales from her childhood. Together with light refreshments, Dalia will share her family’s and her own stories with you during a moving, laughter-filled encounter full of culture, tradition, […]

A world of ferment

A meal and a meeting with bread, people, and renewal Bread is the most basic, fundamental food that we eat. It is our connection with the earth and with our food sources. Join us for a unique encounter with Anomarel Ogen, one of Israel’s leading bread bakers in Israel, bread researcher, and fellow at the […]

On Food and Love

A chef’s meal touched with nostalgia and autumn breezes The historic building that houses the Alegra Boutique Hotel was built by Alegra Belo, a Jewish woman, and her Arab Christian husband, Jaber Francis Rahil. The story of their love — one of Jerusalem’s best-known stories — continues to fill the space in the building with […]

Flavors of the Jerusalem street

An evening of beer and pizza inspired by Jerusalem’s neighborhoods – Keren Hayesod Street Any Jerusalemite will say that his or her neighborhood is the best one in the city. Any Jerusalemite will be able to spot where in the city you are from. That is no coincidence, since the neighborhoods here have character. All […]

How Do You Say “Rock ’n’ Roll” in Vegan?

How do the sounds we hear, the people we follow, and the online groups we join affect the food we eat? Everyone knows by now that the vegan revolution left its trendiness behind long ago and is now mainstream. For millions of people, it is a way of life. In the global village where everyone […]

Shaken, not stirred

An evening of cocktails inspired by the British Mandate period The magnificent casino located in the Georgian open-air market was a lively meeting place during the 1930s. British officers sipped whiskey and gin like water as ladies clad in bright silks smoked cigarettes with elegant holders. They wore their finest clothes, knew just which drinks […]

Jerusalem in a Pita

Dwini, the intimate eatery helmed by chef Dini Kasorela is a whole world in itself – the latest Jerusalem culinary sensation, all served in a pita.  The simple, homey food is prepared here with sincere love that is felt in every bite. Kasorela prepares good food for those who want to eat well – a […]

What Do Kids Like to Eat?

The Sixteenth Sheep: story reading, pictures and dinner for children “I like chocolate and cheesecake And ice pops and sweets and strawberries…” (from The Sixteenth Sheep by Yehonatan Geffen) Our universe contains some great mysteries. Is there life on Mars? Where is Atlantis? And what really happens in the Bermuda Triangle? All of these questions […]