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Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy presents: Nourish your Soul

November 14, 2018 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Thank you to more than 400 women for an evening of conversation, connection and community. Nourish Your Soul, allowed us to explore how that which nourishes us can strengthen and transform us as individuals and as a community.

A special thank you to our featured guests, Michael Solomonov, Steven Cook and Joan Nathan, for engaging us with a lively conversation about themselves, our heritage and our communal connection to food. We are also grateful to Rose Haas and Jennifer Miller for illustrating the profound impact of your generosity through their personal stories.

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About Michael Solomonov
Michael Solomonov is the executive chef and co-owner of Philadelphia’s landmark Israeli restaurant Zahav, which consistently puts the diverse cuisine of Israel on the map. In 2018, Zahav was recognized by Food & Wine as one of “The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years”.  He is the 2011 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic”, a 2016 James Beard Award winner for “Best International Cookbook” and “Book of the Year” for Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, and the 2017 James Beard Award’s “Outstanding Chef.”  Chef Solomonov co-owns CookNSolo Restaurants which along with Zahav, include Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Goldie, and the philanthropic Jewish deli, The Rooster.  In 2017, Solomonov and the Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) created a partnership to champion Israel’s extraordinarily diverse and vibrant culinary landscape.

About Steven Cook
Steven Cook is one of the country’s top restaurateurs and the 2016 James Beard Award winner for “Best International Cookbook” and “Book of the Year” for his and business partner Michael Solomonov’s first cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, Steven Cook is the co-founder of CookNSolo Restaurants. His culinary mark began with Zahav and extends to Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Goldie, and the philanthropic diner-style Jewish deli, The Rooster, which donates 100% of profits to Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative.  Cook sits on the Executive Council of Broad Street’s Hospitality & Corporate Council, which oversees the Collaborative’s role to provide meals and essential services to Philadelphia’s most vulnerable citizens.  Prior to founding CookNSolo, Cook left his job as an investment banker in New York to return to Philadelphia and pursue a career as a hospitality entrepreneur.  He attended The French Culinary Institute and The Wharton School.

About Joan Nathan
Joan Nathan is one of the foremost authorities on Jewish food and history, and considers food through the lenses of history, culture, and tradition. She regularly contributes to The New York Times and Tablet Magazine and is the author of 11 award-winning cookbooks. Her most recent book is King Solomon’s Table: a Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World, which was published by Alfred A. Knopf in April 2017. Nathan’s work preserves the heritage of Jewish and other ethnic cooking and encourages new traditions to take shape.

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November 14, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Washington, DC
Washington, DC United States

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