Kosherfest2015

Kosherfest is one of my favorite events to attend each year! This year I was not able to go because I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my babybabka! On behalf of AliBabka, I sent my two trusty babkas, Enon Avital and Shalom Silbermintz, to scout out and search for the best and most interesting products Kosherfest had to offer.


Here are their top picks:



Frozen fruit treats that taste like real food, because, you guessed it: they’re made of fruit and nothing else. The texture of these fruit pops was perfectly smooth, and we went back for seconds.

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Bootlegger Gin from Prohibition Distillery
Newly certified kosher, this gin has a very clean finish, and a flavor profile with all the right notes. Their vodka is nice too, and the jury is still out on the small-batch bourbon.
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As good as ever, and now all natural (the spicy jerky was Enon’s favorite), with their line of beef sticks slated for the all-natural makeover sometime in 2016 (Pepper beef stick was shalom’s meat of choice).


A new service for ordering kosher food anywhere. They take the hassle of hunting down food while traveling, and are basically a global GrubHub/Seamless for ready-made kosher food delivery.


Another newly-kosher product, great for topping ice creams and cakes, or just eating alone, like we did.
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From the French line of truly magnificent chalav yisrael cheeses, this one is a must try.
Hevron Heights Isaac’s Ram Cabernet Sauvignon
We’re big fans of cabs because of their wide appeal, and at the price point of this bottle, we expect it to become a regular on our shabbat tables.
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Enon Avital is also a food lettering artist, and was posting #LiveFromKosherFest:
 

Decorating for the Perfect Hanukkah Dinner Party

Guest Blogger: Kaitlin Krull from www.Modernize.com
Opening up your home during the holiday season is an important part of Jewish tradition. Celebrating Hanukkah with a family meal and gift giving is about more than just good food. At Modernize, we understand that ambience and decor are just as important as the food you serve during a dinner party. If you want to host a Hanukkah party with a creative twist, here are some simple tricks to make your celebration extraordinary.
Color scheme
If you want to stick with Hanukkah tradition, a color scheme of blue, silver, and gold or yellow is the way to go. You can easily tweak the traditional hues and choose a combination of dark and light blues and various metallics to take your party decorations from run of the mill to stellar.
For a more laid back decoration option, choose cutlery and table settings that match the color scheme without going too far with the theme. This understated dining room setting is perfect for a quiet Hanukkah meal.
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via Modernize
For those who like to push the boat out, go all out with your color scheme, choose a bolder, clearly Hanukkah themed table setting, like this vision in metallic, blue, and white (complete with Star of David shaped placecards).
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via HGTV
Decorative accessories
Once you’ve decided on your dinner party color scheme, it’s time to accessorize your dining room. Décor is often about the little details, so choose unique, creative table settings, centerpieces, and accessories that will wow your guests this Hanukkah.
     Menorah        
     Get creative with your menorah by making your own out of votive holders, wooden blocks, or            even salvaged wood. This simple branch menorah from the ever-crafty Martha Stewart is designed      to be a stunning centerpiece or sideboard focal point and takes virtually no time to complete with        maximum effect.
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     Candles
Candles are excellent dinner party accessories, functioning as brilliant table centerpieces or alternative lighting if you’re going for a softer glow. Luminaries and candle gardens are perfect for Hanukkah, as it is the Festival of Lights, so find as many candles as you can (or make your own from beeswax!) and bring them together to make your party brighter than any other.
     Fairy lights or garlands
If you want to decorate for your Hanukkah party with a Festival of Lights theme but worry about open flames and other hazards surrounding candles, strings of fairy lights make a stunning alternative. If you want the effect with no lighting altogether, make your own plastic mirror effect garland from metallic gelt pieces.
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          Gift table
A true Hanukkah celebration consists of not only celebratory meals and prayers over candlelight, but also presents. If your guests are bringing gifts to share over the eight nights of Hanukkah, use this opportunity to designate and decorate a sideboard or special gift table in your dining room. If you’re running out of room on your dining table for the menorah or want to showcase a floral or other centerpiece, place it proudly among your gifts and other handmade decorations.
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     Decorative bulbs
Although it’s Hanukkah in the Jewish calendar, if you’ve walked the aisles of your local stores during the holiday season you won’t be able to miss the Christmas decorations for sale virtually everywhere. Take advantage of traditional Christmas décor by purchasing blue and metallic baubles and bulbs and making your own hanging decorations. It will save you countless hours trying to track down Hanukkah-specific decorations and increase your DIY prowess instantly.