Lubavitch of Bucks County held Bubby’s Cook-Off at Vie Wednesday night where Philly’s best chefs competed for the title of Best Kosher Dish. Proceeds from the event went to The Friendship Circle Foundation and Lubavich of Bucks County. The Friendship Circle serves families of children with special needs.
The chefs included:
Laura Frangiosa, co-owner and proprietress of the Avenue Delicatessen, who made a delicious chopped liver arancini with hearts of palm, celery and schmalz-aioli;
Patrick Szoke, executive chef of Alla Spina, a Vetri family restaurant, who created a brisket stuffed cabbage;
Sonny Pache, executive chef of Ocean Prime who made his veal and porcini mushroom kreplach;
Rich Berardi, chef de cuisine of Rat’s Restaurant, a Stephen Starr property, who made a lamb shoulder with white bean puree, pickled beet salad and pistachio pistou;
Jae Shin and Sterling Reitzel of Citron & Rose who made their pomegranate braised lamb shank.
Two top chefs competed in the Best Jewish Dessert, which took place on stage and was judged by the area’s most influential Bubbies, Rebbetzin Meriam Shemtov, Sharon Pinkenson co-chair (along with Joe Weiss), Hope Cohen and Marciarose Shestack. Master of ceremonies was Philly.com’s Michael Klein.
Second Annual Bubby's Cook-Off
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown checks out Perry Milou’s artwork, which was featured in a silent auction.
Rachel and Jon Levine.
Mindy and Richard Goldstein.
From left: Annette Reyes and Alda Martin.
From left: Joseph DiMedio, Johanna DiMedio and Ben Honig of I. Rice & Company, a food manufacturer in Northeast Philly and one of the main sponsors of last night's event.
Andrea Rodgers and Vikram Dewan, president of the Philadelphia Zoo.
From left: Laura Frangiosa, co-owner and proprietress of the Avenue Delicatessen, and Maureen Stoebenau.
Rabbi Abraham Shemtov does the invocation and toasts to the guests.
Steve Katz auctions off artist Perry Milou’s “Jewish Penicillin.” It sold for $2,000.
Back row, from left: Steve Katz, Julia Depp, Pure Sweets Chocolate (who won the best Jewish Dessert for her sugar and gluten free chocolate torte), Laura Frangiosa, Co-Owner of The Avenue Delicatessen (who won Bubby’s cook off for her Chopped liver arancini (which was delicious), Sonny Pache, Michael Klein, guest, Rabbi Abraham Shemtov and, in no particular order Patrick Szoke, Jae Shin & Sterling Reitzel, Rich Berardi; Front row , from left: Rebbetzin Meriam Shemtov, Marciarose Shestack, Sharon Pinkenson, and Hope Cohen.
From left: Jamie Gershkow, Melissa Pang and Samantha Kats. Each guest received a “Bubby’s Cook-Off” apron.
From left: Gabby, Igor and Valerie Lysko. Gabby was one of the three young women who were honored with the 2014 Friendship Circle Award for their work with special needs children in the community. The others were Allison Levine and Lindsay Goldshalk.
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