Keeping you safe and healthy is our top priority at the JCCSF. On Friday, March 6 the San Francisco Department of Public Health issued recommendations for social distancing with a goal of reducing the occasions when large numbers of people come together and potentially are exposed to the COVID-19 virus that is circulating in our community. These measures will be in place through March 20. Because of this, we are postponing Lavash and working toward rescheduling it for a future date. We will contact ticket holders when we have more information.
We’ll be providing regular updates based upon information that we receive from the City of San Francisco Department of Public Health about our programs and events at the JCCSF.
Thank you for your understanding in this quickly evolving situation. We look forward to seeing you when we return to normal operations.
Discussion & Tasting Menu
Raise your spirits. Feed your soul. Just in time for Passover, this special culinary event that shows how meals hold true meaning.
Join authors Kate Leahy, Jon Lee and Ara Zada for an evening of remembrance, celebration and cuisine. Their book — Lavash: The Bread That Launched 1,000 Meals — shares the complex story of Armenian history, through which a people rose up to conquer extreme challenge and tragedy. Just as matzah became the symbolic food of the Passover seder, lavash has surfaced as the Armenian national bread. A source of sustenance in more ways than one, it’s a symbol of freedom and a continual force of unity and inspiration.
Along with an author panel discussion, you’ll enjoy a tasting menu of traditional yet innovative Armenian dishes prepared by local chefs Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz.
While some dishes are vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free, the entire tasting menu will not be. We are unable to accommodate substitutions.
Kate Leahy has written or edited more than nine books on food and wine, including A16 Food + Wine, an IACP cookbook of the year and winner of the Julia Child best first book award. Prior to writing, she spent five years cooking on the line at James Beard award-winning restaurants in California and Boston. Years before joining forces with John Lee and Ara Zada to write Lavash, she took a deep dive into Armenian-American foodways for a research paper published in Explorations, a University of California at Davis academic journal. Kate lives in San Francisco.
John Lee is an award-winning photojournalist, working primarily in gastronomy and portraiture. He was a staff photographer for the Chicago Tribune from 1996 to 2005, covering presidential campaigns, the rise of China, civil unrest in Haiti, Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan and Indonesia, and the war in Iraq. He was also part of the team of journalists at the Tribune who won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for its profile of the chaotic American air traffic system. Since leaving the Chicago Tribune in 2005, he has photographed more than two dozen cookbooks. John is based in San Francisco and Singapore.
Ara Zada grew up in an Armenian-Egyptian household in Southern California. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and worked for Jaime Oliver on the television show Food Revolution. He was also culinary instructor for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation’s mobile teaching kitchen in Los Angeles. Ara has been a food stylist for ABC, CBS, NBC and the Food Network. He has led numerous cooking workshops, including in Armenia for Tumo Center for Creative Technology’s culinary atelier. He is currently executive chef at Fresh Gourmet Cuisine. Ara is an avid wild game bow hunter. He lives in Los Angeles.
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