Recap: The Purim Pairings 2017 Celebrity Chef Celebration

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU welcomed hundreds of happy guests earlier this month to the annual Purim Pairings event. The festivities took place on March 7, 2017 at Emanuel Luxury Venue South Beach, in the heart of the city’s Art Deco District.

(l-r) Allen Susser, Aaron Brooks, Sam Gorenstein, & Brad Kilgore

This year, local South Florida celebrity chefs to take the stage were Brad Kilgore (Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef 2016” of Alter restaurant), Aaron Brooks (of Four Seasons EDGE Steak & Bar), and Sam Gorenstein (of My Ceviche). Each chef, working under the direction of James Beard Award-winning chef Allen Susser, applied his unique talent to prepping one course of an elegant four-course, kosher meal live on-stage before an audience of event guests who then got to enjoy the demonstrated dish.

(l-r) Susan Gladstone, Allen Susser & Linda Gassenheimer
(l-r) Allen Susser, Brad Kilgore & Linda Gassenheimer
Brad Kilgore & Linda Gassenheimer
(l-r) Allen Susser, Sam Gorenstein, & Linda Gassenheimer

Paired with each meal course was a kosher wine chosen to complement the food, courtesy of wine merchant Mike Bittel of Sunset Corners. Food editor and radio host Linda Gassenheimer (who, with Chef Susser, co-hosts Purim Pairings) and Bittel devoted time to discussing and sharing details about each wine presented.

(l-r) Allen Susser, Linda Gassenheimer, & Michael Bittel

Guests in attendance at the food-and-wine-themed gala included community leaders, arts luminaries, and cultural influencers like Elaine Bloom, Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Dan Gelber, Ira Giller. Tibor Hollo, Jacob Solomon, Richard Stone, and Danny and Merle Weiss. Event proceeds benefited the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, part of Florida International University.

(l-r) Jacob Solomon, Susan Gladstone, Elaine Bloom, Sen Richard Stone & Elliot Stone
(l-r) Ira Giller, Honey Giller, Wendy Belkin, & Susan Gladstone
(l-r) Linda & Michael Bittel, & Susan Gladstone

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and serves as a major cultural attraction and information resource for a wide-ranging audience of tourists, students and scholars throughout the world. Located in a former synagogue that housed Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation, the museum’s restored 1936 Art Deco building and 1929 original synagogue are both on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on Mondays and holidays. Members and children under 6 are always free, as are Saturdays. For more information, visit www.jewishmuseum.com.

This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.

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