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Jewish Food Festival Teams with Interfaith & Celebrity Chefs to Help Feed Homeless

March 17, 2017



Jewish Food Festival Teams with ICS, Celebrity Chefs, to Help Feed Homeless

Good food and good causes abound in North County. They’ll combine May 7 at the sixth annual San Diego Jewish Food Festival.

Event host Temple Adat Shalom in Poway is joining forces with Interfaith Community Services to assure that the focus on food extends beyond those attending the festival. Organizers hope to collect at least 20,000 pounds of food to replenish the ICS food bank and pantry in Escondido.

“Temple Adat Shalom is one of the founding partners of ICS,” said Interfaith’s executive director Greg Anglea. “Their congregants have always been willing to go a little further towards assisting people in need, regardless of their beliefs or nationality. Bringing a packaged food donation to the Jewish Food Festival will support those most needing a helping hand.”

Demonstrations by Deborah Scott, executive chef/partner for the Cohn Restaurant Group, Ron Oliver, Marine Room chef de cuisine, and Nicoletta Grippo, recently chef at La Scuola di Eatery in New York City, complement the one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Other chefs may be added as the event approaches.

Festival guests will be able to enjoy tastes of traditional Jewish cuisine — entrees, appetizers and desserts — with aromas and flavors that make you feel like you’re back in Grandma’s kitchen. A New York-style deli with a full kosher grill and several homemade Mediterranean dishes are among the featured foods.

“Whether you’re looking for kosher, vegetarian or a place to sit and enjoy a glass of beer, the Jewish Food Festival delivers something for everyone,” promises event director Richard Stern.

Craft sales and demonstrations, live entertainment, much of it provided by talented temple members and ensembles, and children’s activity areas also highlight the festival.

For the first time, the event will also feature a wine and beer garden.

“We’re talking about a serious food festival here,” said Stern. “And no, you don’t have to be Jewish to love great Jewish food.”

The sixth annual San Diego Jewish Food Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 7, at the temple, 15905 Pomerado Road, in Poway. Tickets are $20 for 20 food tickets. Discount tickets can be purchased for $15 before April 8 online at

Temple Adat Shalom is a Reform Jewish synagogue that serves the Inland North County area in San Diego. Learn more about the temple at Interfaith Community Services provides both emergency food supplies and ongoing support to individuals and families throughout North County.