Hazon Food Conference
Recipes For The New Jewish Food Movement
December 29, 2013 – January 1, 2014
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT
The Hazon Cooking Institute
Join fellow cooking enthusiasts, artisanal aficionados, and home gourmands for sessions with renowned cookbook authors, DIY experts, and sustainable chefs. Brush up on your cooking skills and learn delicious new recipes you can make at home.
What do you get when you put together artisanal homemade snacks, phenomenal live music, and a community of great folks changing the world through food? THE MOST DELICIOUS NEW YEARS EVE PARTY ON THE PLANET! We’re thrilled to bring two of the biggest names in the Jewish food and music scene, The Hester and Zion 80, to create our own Food Conference New Years Speakeasy. This is one party that you don’t want to miss!
What does a just food system look like? How can we vote with our forks and create ways to make this vision a reality? Learn how we can empower our communities to create a more just and equitable society with trainers from JOIN for Justice, the leading Jewish community organizing organization, and other foodies passionate about justice from across the country and around the world.
Joan Nathan is the author of ten cookbooks including her most recent, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France (Knopf: 2010), which was named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine, and Bon Appétit magazines. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Food Arts Magazine, and Tablet Magazine.
Gil Marks is a leading authority on culinary subjects in general and Jewish cuisine in particular. Among his published books are James Beard Award finalist Encyclopedia of Jewish Food (Wiley: 2010), and James Beard Award-winning Olive Trees and Honey (Wiley 2004). In January 2012, Saveur Magazine included Encyclopedia of Jewish Food in its “100 New Classics,” as “an indispensable resource” and noting, “Whatever topic we’re researching, whether it relates to Jewish food or not, we always find what we’re looking for inside.”
Leah Koenig is a writer and cookbook author who’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food Arts, CHOW, Time Out New York, and Tablet. She contributes a monthly food column to The Forward, and a bi-weekly column to Saveur.com. Leah’s first cookbook, The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook: Daily Meals for the Contemporary Jewish Kitchen, was published by Rizzoli/Universe in 2011. Her second cookbook, Modern Jewish Cooking, will be released in 2015 by Chronicle.
Itta Werdiger-Roth is a professional chef. She’s also an expatriate, a mother of two, a community builder and a Hasidic Jew. She was born in Australia where she was educated in the Beth Rivkah Ladies College school system. In 2011, she launched The Hester, an underground restaurant and music café in Brooklyn, where different kinds of people, observant and non-observant, Jewish and non-Jewish, are introduced to creative, wholesome, made-from-scratch food and great live music. At its heart, The Hester is a fusion of food, music and Jewish conversation – stimulating all three at once.
About the Food Conference
Join the thinkers and doers of the Jewish Food Movement at the Hazon Food Conference – where contemporary food values meet Jewish tradition. It’s the only place in the world where farmers and rabbis, nutritionists and chefs, vegans, omnivores, and you come together to explore the dynamic interplay of food, Jewish tradition, and contemporary life. Our annual event brings together passionate people who are working for sustainable food systems on multiple levels — nationally and internationally, in their communities, and in their own lives.
The Hazon food conference is a totally unique, profound and fun gathering of all kinds of Jews to discuss food. It is a great service to the Jewish people, and to be present and learn from everyone is a tremendous privilege.- 2011 Food Conference Participant
- Take a look at the schedule and photos from 2012
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