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Feasting Passover: A Kosher Wine & Whisk(e)y Dinner with Chef Alain Cohen

  • Harissa Restaurant 8914 Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035 United States (map)
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Kosher, or Kashrut, is a dietary code followed by Jews around the world. But it's also the foundation of a rich, diverse, and vibrant culinary tradition. Oh, and it's delicious, too! On Monday, April 15, join the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum (PacFAB) at LA's critically-acclaimed Harissa Restaurant for a Passover-style feast prepared by Chef Alain Cohen, the Tunisia-born and Paris-raised owner of Harissa. The menu features classic Pesach dishes drawn from both the Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions, plus a traditional Seder plate, all paired with a selection of premium kosher wines and whiskeys. 

FULL MENU & DINNER RESERVATIONS

Dinner is $85 for all National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB), hospitality industry, Culinary Historians of Southern California, and SoCal wine and spirits club members, or $95 for non-members, and includes tax and gratuity. Space is strictly limited, and reservations are required. NatFAB membership is available to all at natfab.org/membership.

A portion of all proceeds support NatFAB, home of PacFAB, The Museum of the American Cocktail, and the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

FOOD MENU

  • Appetizers

  • Babaganoush

  • Moroccan Eggplant

  • Vegetarian Chopped Liver

  • Soup

    • Leek with Fried Sage

  • Salad

    • Matboucha (cooked pepper and tomato)

  • Mains

    • Beef Brisket with Cabernet Sauce

    • Stewed Lamb Shanks & Potato with Harissa & Cumin

  • Sides

    • Roasted Eggplant with Pomegranate Arils

    • Sweet Lime Roasted Carrots

    • Fingerling Potatoes with Chives

DRINKS MENU

A Selection of Premium Kosher Wines & Spirits

ABOUT THE CHEF

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Born in Tunisia and raised in Paris, Alain Cohen worked in his father’s kosher Tunisian restaurant, Les Ailes (The Wings) from the age of nine. Success as an innovator came early to him when, as a teenager, Cohen introduced a French-Tunisian fusion menu that turned Les Ailes into an overnight sensation. The grillades section of Harissa's menu marks the refined Parisian dishes that helped make Les Ailes into a Paris landmark.


ABOUT THE RESTAURANT


Chef-Owner Alain Cohen’s Harissa Restaurant & Catering Company serves critically-acclaimed California-inspired French-Tunisian dishes, as well as the finest kosher wines and beers. The menu features signature salads and entrées that resonate with the vibrant Sephardic heritage of Cohen’s homelands.
Cohen's next-door deli Got Kosher? has served his renowned pretzel and flavored challahs for nearly a decade. He is the creative force behind the hefty, made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, all made with with authentic ingredients and inspired by his stint with Nancy Silverton at La Brea Bakery.

ABOUT HARISSA

Harissa, in its original and purest form, is a red pepper sauce made from red chili peppers, garlic, and salt. It is flavored with coriander, cumin, and caraway, and is combined with tomatoes in the cooking. According to Bon Appétit, "Cohen’s family-recipe harissa is the standard by which all other blends are measured." The emphasis is on balance rather than spiciness.