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article imageSan Francisco 'King Knish' to make debut at Jewish Food Festival Special

By Jonathan Farrell     Mar 16, 2013 in Food
San Francisco - For the past five months chef and caterer Ramni Levy has been passionately promoting his culinary creation of 'King Knish.'
Now he has the opportunity to present his "old world dish with a new twist" to the Hazon Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, March 17. Held at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, the festival's goal is an outreach to promote mindful, healthy and sustainable food preparation and eating in the Jewish tradition. Hazon the organization that coordinates the one-day festival has been at the forefront of founding and catalyzing the American Jewish Food Movement – a growing range of programs and experiences that are helping to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all while renewing Jewish life in the process.
This reporter asked Levy if he was nervous or anxious in making the debut at the festival. He was very busy getting ready and would not say exactly. When I asked him if this audience in particular might be a bit more critical, especially since they are already acquainted with knishes, he would not say. Yet, the confidence he has in his knish creations is undaunted. Sometimes Levy's determination for his knish creations has even bordered upon the relentless.
Chef Ramni Levy is the culinary creative force behind King Kinish. He continues to dazzle the taste ...
Chef Ramni Levy is the culinary creative force behind King Kinish. He continues to dazzle the taste buds with is unique flavor combinations.
Courtesy of chef Ramni Levy
The King Knish newsletter was released to all his clients, associates and friends. Levy has been non-stop in his promotion of his knishes. "As mentioned before, he noted to me, ethnic is in." That is all he would say when I sent him my questions. I would imagine he would be at least a little nervous or even anxious. Even though the knish is basically a snack item, Would his knish creations measure up to traditional standards?
Unique flavor combinations like "Wasabi and potato," "Brisket of beef and potato" and "Sweet potato with a hint of marshmallow and pineapple, are delicious. But his knish with chocolate? And, the one that is "Butterscotch dipped?" These certainly are far from traditional. How will the crowd react to these unusual combinations?
Levy insisted that I attend to get an on the spot reaction from attendees to his knishes. According to the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California This food festival is the first of its kind in San Francisco. Over 20 organizations from the San Francisco Bay Area are all in one place.This provides the opportunity to connect with chefs and local artisans as attendees sample healthy and sustainable cuisine, Art and all things relating to Judaica will be presented.
“We think this can take off in the same way as the film festival, said Deborah Newbrun, to the Jewish News Weekly, at least in a foodie town like this.” Newbrun is Hazon’s Bay Area director.
Having grown up hiking and backpacking in San Francisco, Marin, the East Bay Hills and Yosemite, Newbrun started her career as a National Park Service Ranger and Naturalist for several Bay Area Environmental Education organizations. She expects a few hundred foodies and aspiring foodies to turn out with workshops and panels to inform and engage attendees and vendors alike. Festival begins at 10 AM and lasts until 5 PM. For more information visit the JCCSF web site, or the Hazon web site.
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