Jewish Culture Club Hosts Traditional Jewish Food Tasting

On Wednesday April 11, the Jewish Culture club hosted an event for students to come and try authentic Jewish foods.

There was a variety of food being served, which included: latkes (which are potato pancakes), matzo ball soup, Israeli cucumber salad, matzo, challah, coconut macrons, challah, chocolate covered matzo and rugelah.

Matzo ball soup is a mixture of matzo meal, which is a unleavened flatbread, eggs, water and fat, such as oil, margarine or chicken fat. Matzo balls are traditionally served in chicken soup and are a staple food on the Jewish holiday of Passover.  Matzo has a similar taste to saltine crackers but is thinner.

Challah is special bread in Jewish cuisine, usually braided and typically eaten on ceremonial occasions such as Sabbath and major Jewish holidays.

Rugelah is a very popular pastry in Israel, commonly found in most cafes and bakeries. Most forms of rugelach are made in the form of a crescent by rolling a triangle of dough around a filling. There are alternative ways that rugelah can be constructed.

Chocolate covered matzo are really good to eat, but the batch at the tasting was accidentally burned. However, the burning gave them a good but bitter taste.

Tommy Zabonik’s, ’19, favorite Jewish food is the “challah because it is by far the tastiest bread in the world.”

Chloe Bradburn’s, ’19, favorite Jewish food is a toss up between her grandmother’s chocolate covered matzo and matzo bowl soup — “No better food than grandma’s cooking.”

Zara Tickner’s, ’18, favorite food is matzo bowl soup because it was her favorite childhood food to eat.

Even though all the food that was being offered was really good, my favorites were the matzo bowl soup, challah and the latkes.

This was a nice evening to learn about different cultures and their foods. Everyone can appreciate food.

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