Pati Jinich recently donated one of her grandmotherâ€™s two pewter salsa bowls to the JHSGW. Though salsa is not particularly Jewish, the bowl tells the story of Jinichâ€™s familyâ€™s Mexican-Jewish roots.
These days, packaged kosher food can be found almost everywhere, but who keeps tabs on fresh meat and dairy and restaurants and other food-service establishments? JHSGW offers a look at the local kosher world.
Founded in 1925, Wagshalâ€™s has been a DC landmark for traditional deli fare popular with famous locals, including Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington sat down to chat with Mitch Berliner and Debra Moser, creators of the Central Farm Markets in MD and VA and several other local food companies before that.
Matzah isnâ€™t the most popular food, but that didnâ€™t stop hordes of famous Washingtonians, including senators and diplomats, from attending Dorothy and Arthur Goldbergâ€™s annual Seder throughout the 1960s and into subsequent decades.
Before it was a bustling shopping district, Friendship Heights was home to small mom-and-pop businesses, including Herman Levineâ€™s Friendship Grocery, which later became Friendship Delicatessen.
Did you know that Route 11 potato chips all started with famous DC institution the Tabard Inn? They werenâ€™t even part of the plan, but when life gives you potatoesâ€¦well, you fry them.
A look at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washingtonâ€™s collection of community cookbooks reveals the importance of Sukkot to Washingtonâ€™s foodies and some of the elaborate menus they planned to celebrate the harvest.
Do you hunker down with a few cookbooks to plan your holiday menus? JHSGW has a collection of community cookbooks from the 1950s to 1990s that give us a taste of what earlier Washingtonians have made.
It may have sleek, shiny counters, specialty shops and fancy food festivals now, but a whole generation of Washingtonians once depended on Union Terminal Market for most of the food that they consumed.