Opening Night: In Search of Israeli Cuisine


Erez Komoravsky and Michael SolomonovPhiladelphia Premiere
Monday, March 28, 2016
7:30 pm
The Gershman Y
Director: Roger Sherman
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 97 min
Language: English

[NOTE: Due to some confusion with a print error in the Saturday, March 25 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, it has come to our attention that there may be some misinformation surrounding this popular film. It is NOT being screened at the Y in 2017 and was the Opening Night film of CineMondays in March of 2016. The film IS seeing its commercial opening currently at the Landmark Theatres’ Ritz Five in Old City – tickets can be purchased to Ritz Five films HERE. Read more about IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE and its recent commercial release in Michael Klein’s column last week by clicking HERE.]

Is there truly such a thing as Israeli cuisine? Michael Solomonov, the James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur behind top Philadelphia dining establishments Zahav, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Federal Donuts, and Percy Street Barbecue, makes it his mission to find out. In what is clearly a labor of love, Solomonov travels the length and breadth of Israel, meeting with an eclectic group of professional and amateur chefs, cheese makers, vintners, farmers, and fisherman, who draw on their own ethnic heritage as they add to the ever-growing lexicon of Israeli cuisine. As Solomonov immerses himself in the local flavors of the 100+ cultures that make up the Israeli people, Oscar-nominated documentarian Roger Sherman offers a behind-the-scenes look at a dynamic Israeli food scene rooted in centuries-old tradition.

Special Event: Screening followed by a moderated conversation with celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Solomonov and Director Roger Sherman. Moderator: Sierra Tishgart, Senior Editor, Grub Street, New York Magazine. Following the talk, all CineMondays pass holders and reception ticket holders are invited to attend the reception at the rear of the auditorium. All guests who brought or purchased a copy of Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking are welcome to stay after the film to have their books signed.

Reception features Israeli wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres from Dizengoff
Books will be available for pick up only on Opening Night before and after the screening

Opening Night Sponsored by Steve & Betsy Filton

Reception Sponsored in part by

Feinstein Center Capture


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