Talking Chocolate in February
Recent media featured projects on the chocolate trail in celebration of Valentine’s Day and “Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate” at the Bernard Museum, NYC. Of course, Florence Fabricant’s mention of the exhibit in the New York Times was a highlight. Now, these stories just within the last two weeks:
- In The Jewish Love Affair with Chocolate, Wendy Paris shares her take on Valentine’s Day as a single mother. She then connects the chocolate for Valentine’s Day with its Jewish connections in her piece that was published in the Jewish Journal.
- Liza Schoenfein, food editor for the Forward, visited “Semi[te] Sweet” and wrote about it recently in her post titled ‘[Semite] Sweet’ Chocolate Exhibit Is Perfect Valentine’s Day Excursion. If you can’t get there today, there are still eleven more days until the show closes.
- The Forward also ran my piece about Jews and Chocolate: From Generation To Generation. It highlights the refugee aspects of the chocolate stories in the Bernard Museum. These are initially Sephardi stories and later Ashkenazi stories.
- Reform Judaism wanted a different viewpoint, so I wrote Behind the Scenes at “Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate – The Exhibition”. I loved the opportunity to reflect on the serendipity that led to the show, my learnings from co-curating, the visitor feedback, and our plans to travel the photos, facsimiles and labels around the country.
- A radio interview with Sari Kamin’s “Food Without Borders” program on Heritage Radio Network, took Curator Warren Klein and me out to Bushwick for the podcast at the back of a pizza restaurant. Sari’s great questions encouraged us to share our excitement about “Semi[te] Sweet” and its themes of chocolate as an immigrant and migrant food.
Happy Valentine’s Day to those who celebrate.
Launching The Chocolate Babka Project
Admittedly, by heritage I am more a German kugelhopf than an Eastern European babka. I remember eating homemade kugelhopf and bundt cake at family celebrations in Los Angeles. When I mentioned babka to my German speaking father, he looked puzzled and asked, “What’s a babka?” Babka, much less chocolate babka, was just not in our pastryRead more ›
On the Chocolate Trail in Belize’s Jungle
Mark and I happily signed on for three distinct rainforest chocolate experiences within a 15 mile radius of our home base, the romantic Cotton Tree eco-lodge which is nestled among Mayan villages near the Caribbean in the Toledo District of Belize. Not only did Belize envelop us in an exotic rainforest experience, our tourism contributedRead more ›
Is that coffee or chocolate?
Having just eaten my daily portion of chocolate covered coffee beans, I am primed to consider the questions I hear about coffee when I teach on the chocolate trail. How do the two foods really differ, other than taste? I think back to when the layout for On the Chocolate Trail was being designed andRead more ›
A Chocolate Cake for October’s Tricks: Devil’s Food
Heading into October and its culmination in Halloween, I find myself hankering for Devil’s Food Cake, despite its initially derogatory name. Supposedly in 1690 Pilgrims traveled to Plymouth Rock via Amsterdam. They stayed in a house near the city’s biggest chocolate houses and called that chocolate “the Devil’s food.” Later, a chocolate cake, perhaps simplyRead more ›
Some Previous Posts
(in alphabetical order)
- A Chocolate Cake for October's Tricks: Devil's Food
- Announcing Second Edition: On the Chocolate Trail
- Book Optioned: Museum Exhibit
- Celebrating Ice Cream Month with Chocolate
- Choco-Travel Tips
- Chocolate Exhibit Hits the New York Times
- Chocolate Trail Broadens: "Semi[te] Sweet: On Jews and Chocolate" Travels
- Chocolate, Coffee, Tea and Me
- How About Some Mindful Chocolate Tasting?
- Jews on the Chocolate Trail
- Lunch & Learn: Central Synagogue
- Lunch and Learn: Tasting the Best Chocolate
- Mothers and Survival by Chocolate
- No End to Chocolate Exhibits Part III: Visits #3, 4 & 5
- Of Chocolate Exhibits There is No End: Part 2
- Super Food Chocolate for Super Bowl Sunday: Three Recipes
- Talking Chocolate in February
- Warm Up: 3 Historical Drinking Chocolate Recipes