Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Tucson: Kosher Wine Tasting Fundraiser – Sept. 26

Image via Wikipedia

Tucson: Kosher Wine Tasting Fundraiser – Sept. 26 – Oy Vey!

Is there a such thing as kosher wine that is actually good? Let’s say beyond Manischewitz wine?

According to the Temple Emanu-El Women of Reform Judaism — the answer is yes.

So if you’re a bit curious about drinkable kosher wine or the women of reform Judaism or sampling food from five Tucson chefs or pairing kosher wine with food tips — then you will want to come to this fundraising event on Sunday, September 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. under the Sukkah in the Biblical Garden at Temple Emanu-El.

You will sample six different kosher wine and pair with recipes from five local chefs. On the menu is 47 Scott Street, Elle Wine Country Restaurant, Naked Food & Fitness, Shlomo & Vito’s, and Sous Chef. The chefs will also share their cooking secrets.

Proceeds from this event benefit continuing Jewish education opportunities for Kurn religious school teachers.

Tickets are $36 in advance or $42 at the door.  The tasting is held at Temple Emanu-El located at 225 N. Country Club Rd.  For more information or to purchase tickets contact Lori Riegel at 327-6722.


Most of my associations to Judaism revolve around food. I remember drinking from a shot glass of Manischewitz wine during Passover seder. That overly sweet taste was my introduction into wine. I remember the exhausting Passover seders where the kids were hungry and antsy but my father and his brothers (my uncles) had to read every single word in the Passover book. My brother and I were a good match because he didn’t like the yolk of the hard boiled eggs and I was less fond of the white, so we traded. Who knew from cholesterol then?

I remember Friday Sabbath dinners and lighting the candles, something I have never done as an adult not even on Chanukah. Jews have a rich tradition when it comes to food. On my cousins’ yahoogroups list, our best collective conversations have been about the food we remember and the family gatherings we’ve had.

I grew up in a kosher household which meant two sets of dishes and silverware — one for meat and one for dairy. My mother almost plotzed when my future non-Jewish sister-in-law used the wrong dish for meat. To me — a lapsed Jew — I consider those old traditions way past their prime but I guess this is the glue that holds people who worship together.

In the past I have struggled with religion, but now have set it free.

Recently, I had a surgical procedure in the hospital and had to complete mountains of paperwork. Most of it was easy but in the event that the doctors made some big mistake and I didn’t make it and they had to call a religious leader, did I want a minister, a priest, or a rabbi? I wrote none.

I still consider myself a cultural Jew but not a religious Jew. Is there a difference? You bet. In my case, call 5th Street Deli.


Jewish Food Blog
Here’s a well done blog called the Jew and the Carrot. One thing most Jews have in common and it’s food. Here are some well done blog posts to explain it.

Phone Atone
And to end on a light note, this YouTube video came out last year, Happy Jewish New Year ( Sept. 8).

Leave a Reply