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Return to Fink’s

A Tribute to “Fink” Smooth your skirts and give your ties a tug: The Tower of David Museum and the OpenRestaurants Festival bring you back to the wild nights at Fink’s Bar-Restaurant. The original furniture, the bottles, the art works on the walls, the old vinyl records, the guestbook with its yellowing pages, and even […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

A Feast for the Eyes

A Conversation and Encounter with Chefs in the Spirit of The Mixed Media Cookbook Keren Bar-Gil The Mixed Media Cookbook is no ordinary cookbook. It contains no recipes with romantic photographs of pie sprinkled with powdered sugar. Keren Bar-Gil’s book, which was published last summer, is not like anything you have ever seen before. It […]

With the Couscous and the Pinafore

Seventy Years of Israeli Food and Fashion A nation’s fashion is not the result of coincidence. It stems from the nation’s sense of style, its native climate, the practical necessities of its day-to-day lifestyle, and the ingredients that grow and are processed in its country’s landscape . — Fini Leitersdorf (Israeli fashion designer, 1906–1986) Chef Assaf […]

Bon Voyage

Now l should like to tell the dockside tales of Bahia. Old sailors who mend sails, pilots of sloops, tattooed blacks, rogues, all know these stories and these songs. I would hear them on moonlight nights on the Market wharf, in fairs, in small ports around the bay, next to huge Swedish ships at the […]

?How Do We Cook Love

A creative conversation about love, food, and wine Anat Lev-Adler and Shoshana Karbassi A relationship should be cooked over a low flame and stirred constantly, like jam. Otherwise, it burns. — from Writing and Erasing Love by Anat Lev-Adler Anat Lev-Adler — writer, journalist, and author of the best-selling novels Writing and Erasing Love and […]

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 […]

Disco Shuk

On a sunny but chilly noon, we will enjoy music that does our hearts good and a giant pot of soup that warms the stomachs of guests — strangers, acquaintances, and friends who are gathered to cook and eat together. The choice of soup is no coincidence, as vegetables from the nearby shuk, in search […]

Not by Kugel Alone

A panel of Haredi women entrepreneurs in culinary arts What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “Haredi food”? If you find yourself thinking of kugel, kreplach, and gefilte fish, think again! The ongoing culinary revolution taking place around the globe, in which food is an object of desire first and a necessity […]

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 […]

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, […]

From Licorice to the Jerusalem Artichoke

The Secrets behind the Names of Foods Named for the Capital The renaissance that Jerusalem’s culinary culture is undergoing is no surprise. Years of unique culinary identity and tradition that no other city in Israel can boast formed a strong foundation and constituted fertile ground for rebirth. So strong is Jerusalem’s identity when it comes […]

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 […]

La Diner de Gala

A meal inspired by Salvador Dalí With Chef Nadav Malin Everybody knows the surrealistic art works of Salvador Dalí, a collection of bizarre dreamscapes filled with imagination. Who has never seen the melting clocks in The Persistence of Memory, the bodies of the Madonna and Child with rectangular holes cut into their torsos in The […]

The Future Is Here

A conversation about the future of human presence and the realm of culinary artistry Technology has taken over our lives, making them easier and more convenient. But it has also increased alienation — stimuli are everywhere, and it is hard to avoid temptation. The immediate need for human presence in a given space is decreasing, […]

A monks’ restaurant

An Italian-style dinner with Franciscan influence The monastery of St. John in the Mountains is located atop the hill in the northern part of Jerusalem’s Ein Karem neighborhood. According to Christian tradition, it was built on the site where John the Baptist, who heralded the coming of Jesus and baptized him, was born. Among the […]

“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, […]

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 […]

Nature’s Gifts: Returning to Our Roots

A foraging tour in the Jerusalem hills Imagine an enormous restaurant with an infinite variety of dishes. Everything is new and exciting, bursting with flavor, intriguing, fresh, and refreshing — and all you have to do is go there and take whatever you want. That is how we began our lives on this wondrous planet. […]

Whiskey: Film, lecture, tasting

Have you ever seen this? A great-looking man (or woman) goes into a bar. He (or she) approaches the bartender confidently and says: “Whiskey. On the rocks.” Be the character James Bond or Don Draper from Mad Men, the starring role that whiskey plays in cinema and television is unquestioned. When a character is supposed […]

Chefs, Paper, Scissors

An exhibition of portraits on paper of Jerusalem’s prominent culinary figures During the European Renaissance, anyone who was anyone had their portraits painted by artists such as Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci. In contemporary Israel, you know you have made it when you get your portrait done on a piece of paper by Efrat (Hasson) […]

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 […]

An Ocean of Flavor

The OpenRestaurants Festival’s opening event at the Israel Aquarium Come and start the festival with us down in the depths! Keren and Itzik Kadosh, the king and queen of éclairs in Jerusalem and the couple behind the Café Kadosh brand, will be hosting a one-time evening from another world in another world — deep in […]

From Tunisia to Palermo

An encounter, a conversation, and a meal with Jewish roots In one evening at the Ofaimme Farm Café, we will serve and talk about Tunisian cuisine, as well as what Mediterranean and Jewish identity have in common. This will be a meal with Jewish roots, with the roots of immigration between Tunisia and Marseille, between […]

Take Me under Your Wing

Atalia Ein Mor and the Legend of Ein Karem The staff of Agadat Ein Kerem (Ein Kerem Legend), together with internationally renowned chef Atalia Ein Mor, will take us among the stories and foods inspired by HaNevi’im Street (the Street of the Prophets), which has sparked the imaginations of Jerusalemites since the early twentieth century. […]

Dishes from the tales we love

My Father Always Embarrasses Me