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YAD's first annual Chanukah Iron Chef latke cook-off a resounding success.
Ted and Beth Rodgers of Oak Park, Josh Levine of
Huntington Woods, Jenny and Brian Schwartz of West
Jason Bronstein of Southfield and Team Purple
Jason Shain of Oak Park is hard at work.
Team Purple is being judged by one of the judges,
Rabbi Joseph Krupnick.
oung adults from Metro Detroit
came together for the first
annual Chanukah Cook-off Iron
Chef Competition on the third
night of Chanukah. The event was held at
Specialties Showroom in Berkley.
The night, sponsored by Federation's
Young Adult Division (YAD) Jewish Life Task
Force, started off with drinks and appetizers,
followed by menorah lighting. Guests
were invited to bring their own menorahs
to all light together. Josh Goldberg led a
short dvar Torah. Then, the latke cooking
Five teams were made up of 10 people
each to create their own latkes out of a
plethora of cooking supplies provided by
Specialties Showroom owners Dorothy
Barak and Karen Goss. Each team was
judged on overall presentation, teamwork,
taste and final score.
January 5 2012
Leah Bold of Royal Oak is ready to light her shoe meno- Elana Averbuch (Novi) and Jaimee Wine (Ann
After the latke competition, guests
enjoyed a kosher Chinese-style dinner with
Chanukah-themed desserts prepared by
YAD President Josh Levine told the group:
"Fantastic job, everyone — and such a
great turnout! We had a blast. It just speaks
to all of you wonderful leaders. Happy
Leah Bold, YAD Jewish Life Task Force
Chair, said, "Everyone really got into it
(even the singing competition), and the
latkes were delish! Everything fell right
into place and it couldn't have happened
without all of you! Looking forward to
doing an event in the spring and putting
our creative minds to work again!"
Committee member Ilana Block
added, "Excellent event! Multiple people
suggested to me that we do it again next
Alex Deych of Madison Heights, Sara Bloomberg of Farmington Hills and
Jason Shanker of Southfield