Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

Upcoming food and drink festivals prove once again why Philadelphia is a world-class destination for all things delicious.

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Usually, couples do their traditional cake tasting between three and six months before their wedding. I was a little behind the ball when my fiancé and I showed up at Night Kitchen Bakery this past Saturday (only three weeks from our wedding date!) to decide on our dessert since, as luck turned out, they had a cancellation.

While I don't suggest procrastinating, it is comforting to know that they were able to accomodate us with such short notice.

Amy Beth Edelman, the Jewish chef/owner of the...

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Regardless of whether or not you go for the full Pesach Monty, complete with new dishes and kosher-for-Passover condiments, committing to eight days sans chametz (Hebrew for leavened foods that are forbidden during Passover) will be a challenge, thanks to the ubiquity of the five grains — wheat, barley, spelt, rye and oats — we must omit from our diets for the duration of the holiday.

I grew up in a kosher home, where Passover is my mom’s favorite holiday. We usually host around 22 people at our seders and my mom cooks everything. “It’s hard to host a big dinner when you work full...

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