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Jewish Council of Lake Norman to hold a Deli Day

by | Apr 19, 2018 | Arts & Entertainment, Houses of Worship

 Jewish Council of Lake Norman to hold a Deli Day

May 6  

12- 2:30pm at Temple Kol Tikvah

605 South Street, Davidson, NC

For those of us “transplanted yankees,” a common topic of conversation is how we miss the authentic, traditional, delicious New York Deli. The council will make it possible to indulge in some of those favorites. The council is made up of Congregation Emanuel in Statesville, Temple Kol Tikvah in Davidson,  the Lake Norman Chapter of Hadassah, and a few independent board members, along with generous funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte to bring Jewish cultural events to the area.

A little background history of why Jewish deli became so popular: 

Pastrami, corned beef and other kosher and kosher-style deli meats (salami, bologna, tongue, even some forms of roast beef) are meat products that are cured in various ways to preserve freshness in the absence of refrigeration. This was particularly important, generations ago, for Jewish people who lived in Eastern Europe and in precarious circumstances. As families were constantly prepared to leave in a hurry, it was of prime importance to create an inexpensive protein that lasted a long time and traveled well.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, when many from Eastern Europe emigrated to the United States, they quite naturally brought their dietary preferences with them. Thus was born, in New York City and elsewhere, the Kosher Jewish delicatessen, where pastrami, corned beef and similar delicacies would be thinly carved and piled high on Jewish-style rye bread, with a few dollops of yellow mustard, of course, and a pickle on the side. (Maybe even some sauerkraut.)

Many volunteers are adding their preferences for favorites as this day is being planned. A kosher style deli day would not be complete without potato knishes and hot dogs.

The sisterhoods are already volunteering to add their baking expertise to the day.  And special interest for our competitive bulla busters, a noodle kugel tasting competition will be part of the event.

You can either eat-in or take-out your deli delights. There will be other surprises to make the day complete. Save the date and have fun with your family and friends.  This event will be bigger and better than the success we saw last year at our Inaugural Deli Day Fest.

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