On Thursday , May 12 Michael Solomonov, Philly’s James Beard Award-Winner for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic and owner of the highly acclaimed Zahav, will partner with Michelin-starred Saul Bolton, chef of the soon-to-open The Norm at Brooklyn Museum, to produce an intriguing tasting of modern Israeli cuisine rooted in recipes from Solomonov’s critically lauded Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, which was just named Book of the Year at April 24th’s James Beard Awards. The tasting will be a palate-pleasing prelude to the Brooklyn Museum’s screening of In Search of Israeli Cuisine, the documentary that explores the book’s subject. The winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, the film, conceived and directed by Roger Sherman, was shot in fine dining restaurants, on the street and in home kitchens to chronicle the 100-plus cultural influences that comprise Israel’s uniquely diverse cuisine.
Bolton and Solomonov’s 11 small plates menu for the evening includes:
- Grilled Marinated Eggplant with fenugreek tomato chutney
- Crispy Cauliflower with pickled raisins, curry leaf and coriander
- Quinoa, Pea and Mint Tabbouleh
- Chicken Pastilla with cinnamon and almonds
- Fried Kibbeh (lamb and bulgur meatballs)
- Crepe Cake of Sweet Labneh with honey and pistachios.
Chef Saul Bolton shares, "I’m very much looking forward to collaborating with Mr. Solomonov. I love to learn how other chefs approach and think about cuisine in relation to taste, seasonality, culture, and place. Coming into spring, the excitement at Brooklyn Museum is palpable. We're waiting for the first local asparagus, ramps, peas, and rhubarb. The dinner weather permitting will be on the terrace. I'm anxious for the fresh spring flavors, the bright colors and history of Israeli cuisine that this tasting will bring...and the new tender leaves on the big beautiful trees on the Brooklyn Museum terrace! I hope this event is followed by many others."
The tasting reception will start at 6:15 pm on Thursday, May 12 and the screening of the 97 minute film at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the evening are $44 ($40 for museum members) and covers admission to Brooklyn Museum, the Israeli food and drink reception and preferred reserved seating for the screening. A $68 ticket including a copy of Chef Solomonov’s cookbook is also available. Tickets may be purchased via the Brooklyn Museum’s website or on Eventbrite.