Ask any Israeli what the most iconic local foods are and bourekas — heavenly little parcels of dough crisped with hot oil or melted butter and stuffed with any number of delicious savory fillings — will be right there at the top, next to hummus and falafel. Brought to Israel by Sephardi Jews who lived in Turkey and the Balkan countries, bourekas are fascinating examples of the way Jewish immigrant foods made their way to the mainstream of Israeli gastronomy. Mushrooms, potatoes, or spinach are common fillings; cheese is another favorite, and one that is perfect for the dairy-infused holiday of Shavuot.
Celebrate Shavuot in all its cheesy glory with Einat Admony, author of Shuk and chef/owner of New York City’s popular Balaboosta, Kish-Kash, and Taim restaurants, as she whips up her elegant boureka pie with chard and four cheeses. Learn why bourekas figure so prominently in Sephardic traditions and how they not only became fully adopted into the Israeli culinary cannon but a major contender for the title of national dish.
If you’re in your 20s & 30s, we’ve got just the thing to make your boureka brunch game even better. We’ve teamed up with The Cheese School of San Francisco for the freshest, local cheeses so you can celebrate Shavuot while supporting local businesses. Just add on “Keep Noshing” to your registration to to receive a complimentary cheesy treat delivered to your door after the event.
Shavuot is the Spring Harvest Festival so we’re honoring that with some tikkun olam in one of our city’s beautiful urban gardens in Visitacion Valley. Volunteer with us at Urban Sprouts on Saturday, June 5 from 10:00am – 1:00pm. All ages welcome. Youth under age 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Urban Sprouts is an urban farm network dedicated to cooking classes, job training, safe outdoor spaces and garden education in SF’s most under-resourced neighborhoods.
Wondering about ingredients for the event? We’ve included everything you’ll need in the book below. Be sure to flip through, it’s filled with other mouthwatering spins on traditional dishes.
This program is supported by a grant from Taube Philanthropies, Rodan Family Foundation and the Libitzky Family Foundation and its philanthropic partnership initiative, “Strengthening Jewish Engagement for Bay Area Young Adults.”
Activities connected to this event are supported in part by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund’s Young Adult Peer Connector Program.
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