Israel Museum | With the Couscous and the Pinafore

Chef Assaf Granite

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 Granit and Noga Eliash-Zalmanovich, curator of the exhibition Fashion Statements: Decoding Israeli Dress at the Israel Museum, cook and talk about the relationship between Israeli fashion and the local cuisine — the development of the culinary arts and fashion in Israel over the years, and mainly the similarity between them: combinations of tradition, the use of local ingredients, scarcity and plenty in food and in fashion and Israel’s style and international influence.

After an encounter that begins in the museum’s auditorium , we will visit five stations along the exhibition and talk about the essential questions and issues that drove and shaped fashion in Israel: the desire to create original, local fashion; the dialogue between fashion and traditional dress by decorating garments with Yemenite-style embroidery; the fashion for the austerity period created by Ata, which was adopted by leading designers, transforming modest work clothes into inspiration for items that played starring roles on fashion runways; European immigrants who brought haute couture and an international style with them; and the contemporary fusion that takes the best of everything to create widespread international interest.

In the spirit of the main intersections of Israeli fashion, Chef Assaf Granit will prepare entrées inspired by the topics that occupied the fashion designers’ minds: the use of local ingredients; the relationship between scarcity and plenty; the relationship between the Mediterranean region and Europe; and the fusion between past and future.

On the menu:

Local Ingredients: Corvina tartare, kubbaniya , matbuha, raw tahini

Yemeni Pancake: Mullet, Yemenite-style pancake, chraime butter, Tawil  black tahini

Ben-Gurion Rice: Ptitim (toasted pasta), chershi cream, harissa, cucumber and cashew salad

Golden Apple: Savory potato strudel with salted mascarpone cream

Fusion: Tuna tataki on a chebakia, date cream and preserved lemon aioli

And for dessert: Tahini ice cream

At the end, you will be able to wander around the exhibition armed with questions and new and intriguing perspectives… but the most important thing is that you will be full!

This activity will be held in Hebrew

About the Exhibition

What is Israeli fashion? This complex, colorful, and fascinating question lies at the heart of the new exhibition Fashion Statements: Decoding Israeli Dress. This comprehensive exhibition, the first of its kind, examines and presents the fashion created in Israel from the late nineteenth century to our own time. The exhibition, which has an area of nine hundred square meters, displays 150 items, the result of comprehensive research and meticulous curating work.

The styles, influences, and designers, and the garments themselves provide an unusual opportunity to contemplate the upheavals that took place in Israeli society: from inspiration provided by landscape, climate, and ideology through the thriving fashion industry that developed in Israel to the conspicuous international flavor of contemporary fashion.

Please note: Chef Assaf Granit’s catering establishment has a kashrut certificate.

About the Location

The Israel museum is the largest cultural institution in Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading museum of art and archaeology. The museum’s large encyclopedic collection, spanning from the beginning of civilization and till today, is displayed in four pavilions:  Fine Arts, Archaeology, Jewish Art and Life Wings, and the Youth Wing for Art Education. The museum was founded in 1965 and during its 50 years of existence has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of material culture.

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