We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend--we definitely did! It was filled with lots of eating, cooking, family, friends and shopping! Did you remember to get a great Black Friday deal?
The weekend started out with a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with all the traditional favorites: Roast Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing, Green Beans Almondine, Lemon Pepper Crescent Rolls and Pumpkin Pie. If that wasn't enough, the weekend continued with Shabbatsgiving, a special holiday edition of "Pop Up Foodie Shabbat," with support from OneTable.
Finally, on Saturday night we catered a pre-game party and provided delicious appetizers like Buffalo Chicken Bites, Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Stuffed Mushrooms, Sweet Potato Pancakes garnished with Soy Sour Cream and Black Olive Tapenade, Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad, Meatball Sliders as well as Vanilla and Peanut Butter Cookies. They were all a big hit and there wasn't much left at the end of the night.
Overall, a very successful and exhausting holiday weekend! And....we can't wait to do it again! Stay tuned for more great events with delicious dishes and fabulous feasts. Don't forget to check out J2Food's table at the Hazon Philadelphia Jewish Food Festival on December 11th!
So our first official Pop Up Foodie Shabbat event in NYC was a big success with almost 50 people attending! We were originally planning for about 20-30 people, but people were very excited to come for delicious dinner and it ballooned from there. Luckily, we were able to partner up on this event as hosts for Moishe House Without Walls and OneTable. OneTable is a program to help people attend or host a Shabbat dinner by providing hosting nourishment for food or entertainment costs, and Moishe House Without Walls has a similar program for community members who have participated in their retreats and Moishe House programs in the past.
We had access to a beautiful, large sukkah and courtyard on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and tons of people came out for our Italian themed meal. There was lots of wine, lots of delicious food including Pasta Bolognese, Chicken Marsala, Spring Pea Risotto, Brownie Pie, and even homemade Garlic Bread Challah with an Arugula Pesto. Yum! The night ended up being great with the weather clearing up just in time for a beautiful Shabbat dinner in (and out of) the sukkah. Stay tuned for the next event!
Sometimes we're in a funny mood--and we can be extremely punny, and funny. We promise.... We got a submission through our Contact Form about catering a special Shabbat dinner for Repair The World: Philadelphia and were super psyched. For those who don't know, RTW is a grass roots organization in various cities around the country aimed at mobilizing young Jewish adults to give back and help people and neighborhoods in their city. On October 7th, they were having their first event of the year, Turn The Tables: An Intersection of Racial and Food Justice, "Nourished by OneTable". OneTable is another great organization that aims to make Shabbat more accessible to people in their 20s and 30s. They wanted the food to be accessible to whoever attended the event, so we decided to go with an all Kosher, all vegan, all delicious menu. Roasted Butternut Squash soup with a hint of curry and cinnamon was followed up by a Moroccan Eggplant and Chickpea Stew that had a bit of a kick from the Harissa paste folded in. To go with the stew, we had a jazzed up rice with roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, raising and spices, along with Roasted Brussel Sprouts with caramelized onions and fresh apples. It was a true Shabbat feast, and definitely not your ordinary Friday night dinner. Another successful event, this time vegan-style!
We've made it to the big leagues! Tonight was the Marom Kabbalat and Pop Up Foodie Shabbat for Young Professionals at Temple BZBI. As the number of attendees steadily climbed all week before the event, we were a little nervous...especially as half of our duo was going abroad the day of the event. Luckily, we have awesome friends (Thanks Polly!) and were working with an amazing partner in BZBI so there were two amazing sous chefs to prep for the over 80 people that came to the event. We wanted to make the menu festive, so we baked challah from scratch that was perfectly dippable into our trio of spreads: the most delicious chopped liver, smoky and spicy roasted eggplant babaghanoush, and smooth and creamy lemon hummus. Each table got its own set of dips so no one felt left out. Next the buffet was opened with platters of Moroccan Chicken Tagine (succulent spice-rubbed chicken braised with preserved lemon, roasted carrots and onions, green olives, dried apricots and chicken stock on the stove until the meat was so tender that you didn't even need a knife. In addition, we had couscous studded with roasted pistachios, dried cranberries and caramelized onions on the side, and as a vegetarian (or non-veggie) alternative was old-world style stuffed cabbage in a sweet-and-sour sauce made from raisins, tomatoes, brown sugar and lots of love and stuffed with a seasoned blend of soy ground and rice. For dessert, we had hot apple crisp fresh from the oven. Afterwards, guests got to participate in a beautiful, spiritual Kabbalat Shabbat program together as a community. Everyone seemed to have loved the food, so mission accomplished!
[Special thanks to Alicia for being an amazing sous chef and letting us take over your kitchen for almost two days. Could not have done it without you.]
Our friends Tamara recently moved into a new house in South Philly and what better way to break in a new home than with food? And she knows that we make some of the best food around! The menu was eclectic--lemon hummus, chunky guacamole, pasta with homemade pesto sauce, and chicken satay skewers with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce. The food was a hit and we now know that the kitchen is up to par. Can't wait to feed you again!
It's been such a busy summer for us, but it was a farewell Shabbat dinner at Moishe House Philadelphia, so of course we had to make a special meal--and we were feeling Italian last week! Homemade garlic croutons were made from Ciabatta bread to go into a classic Caesar Salad with crisp romaine and a zesty, tangy homemade Caesar dressing. Up next was a grilled flatbread with garlicky, herb-roasted tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and basil. For the main course, we made a couple of large roasted vegetable lasagnas layered with mozzarella cheese, spinach and ricotta, parmesan, roasted onions, squash and zucchini, and a homemade mushroom marinara sauce. If that wasn't enough, for dessert we used Giada di Laurentiis' recipe for tasty Tiramisu. It was a delicious dinner and everyone went home filled to the brim with food and nourishment. Buonissimo!
What an awesome night! Our friend Danielle really wanted to do something to help Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, and came up with the idea of having a fundraising dinner--that's where we came in. This was no ordinary dinner, rather it was a special edition of Pop Up Foodie Shabbat, a Battle of the Chefs! J2Food's owners and chefs Jonathan Hartig and Jonathan Schechter cooked head-to-head, knife-to-knife in order to impress the judging panel by creating beautiful, gourmet dishes while also utilizing a new secret ingredient for each round. We went all out! Crispy salmon cakes with a mustard vinaigrette and caviar, spicy Thai chicken curry with coconut rice, fresh pasta with a veal bolognese, whole grilled chickens with a spicy hoisin glaze, and a collaborative tropical coconut blondie with caramel and strawberry coulis for dessert. Yum, how good does that sound! Battle of the Chefs for Hillary was a big success and we raised almost $1000 for the campaign! #ImWithDinner
As we get busier, sometimes situations come up that force us to make tough decisions such as having to cook separately. I know; how lame! J2 works because we share the same mine. But alas, on Tuesday we had two events to cater: an event at Raven Lounge sponsored by the World Jewish Congress and a bris for one of our friends who had recently given birth. The baby is soon cute btw! So, we decided to divide and conquer Philadelphia that day. We each took an event to staff, and cooked these delicious dishes for both of them. How'd it turn out? Awesomely! Everyone loved the food and we've also learned that we can cook without each other sometimes--but we still don't want to.
Had a great time cooking al fresco this weekend! For the latest Pop Up Foodie Shabbat, we fired up the grill and got to enjoy the beautiful weather and dome delicious food. The night started off with some Roasted Tomato, Artichoke and Olive Grilled Flatbread, then continued with fresh-off-the-grill Citrus Chicken, Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad, and Summer Vegetable Kebabs. Dessert highlighted the delicious flavors of summer: Caramelized Peaches with homemade Raspberry Sorbet. Yum! Thanks so much JPSP for partnering up with us for this awesome event! Stay tuned for upcoming events!
We had such a great time as the dessert sponsors for the 12th annual "Glamour In The City" event for Glamour Gals! GG is a wonderful organization that brings together young women in high school and college with older women in nursing homes and senior centers to provide companionship, makeovers and create compassionate volunteers. We feel privileged to be able to contribute in our favorite way—through food! We baked up a storm of Double Chocolate Brownie Bites, Vanilla Cupcakes with Real Strawberry Buttercream, and White Chocolate Chip Cookies. By the end of the night all the sweet treats had been devoured and the event was a smashing success. We hope to pair up with GG again soon. Thanks for including us Rachel!
The Jonathans are officially caterers now! So after months of actually talking about it—and a lot of research (i.e. eating)—we've taken the plunge and become business partners. So if you hadn't the chance to sample some deliciousness at Pop Up Foodie Shabbat in Philadelphia or tasted Jonathan's delicious cupcakes at the Collaborative's Cupcake Smackdown or had the privilege of us cooking you dinner, fret no more—we would love to feed you! Name the time and place and we'll make all your food dreams come true. So tell your boyfriend, girlfriend, parents, neighbors, spouse, random person on the bus, etc. that they should contact J2Food for their next event.
Jonathan H. and Jonathan S.