Feel like sharing your grandmother's latke recipe, or a favorite ribs dish that your Korean granny used to whip up?
A New York-based nonprofit with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco is launching a new program called "Beyond Bubbie," which leaders are dubbing as an "interactive community cookbook."
While the name of the event and the group behind it are Jewish, organizers are hoping this online recipe sharing program will cross cultures and draw in participants from all religious backgrounds.
Reboot spokeswoman Tanya Schevitz said the main goal of Beyond Bubbie is to "share the stories and memories" connected to your favorite foods. Bubbie is the Yiddish term for Grandma, and Reboot is hosting live and in-person Bubbie events in all three cities in November and January. As with all Reboot events, non Jews and non kosher-keepers, are encouraged to participate.
In Los Angeles, the Beyond Bubbie website will officially be kicked off Nov. 13 at the Skirball Cultural Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with local star chefs Roxana Jullapat of Cooks County, Micah Wexler of Mezze and Susan Feniger of STREET and The Border Grill. They'll be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and James Beard Award-winning author David Sax in a salon-style conversation hosted by Evan Kleiman of KCRW's “Good Food.” Tickets for the program are available here.
Already collected on the site are yummy recipes, and the stories and photos surrounding them, including: "Fannie's Apple Cake," a Rosh Hashana cake created by Fannie Banks in Minneapolis, a Hanukkah lasagna, Belgian Beef Stew and Yetta's Turkey Burgers.
Leo Beckerman, co-owner of Wise Sons Deli in San Francisco, has already contributed his own Bubbie's latke recipe. He recalled lovingly dipping his grandmothers' potato pancakes into sour cream or apple sauce.
Jeffrey Yoskowitz, founding editor of Pork Memoirs and The Gefilteria, submitted his grandmother's strudel secrets. And in Los Angeles, Pastry Chef Ann Kirk, dubbed by the LA Magazine as the maker of the city's "best soft pretzel," shared how to make her Grandma Kate's "Indian Pudding," along with stories of her Bubbie's penchant for whiskey and cigarettes.
This recipe collection site and following cookoff events are sponsored by Reboot, with support from the Koret Foundation in San Francisco, the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation.
In San Francisco, the Iron Bubbie Cookoff will be held Jan. 24 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. New York is hosting an event in January, though the exact date and location are still to be announced.