The atmosphere was festive and lively as nearly 90 people gathered to meet and learn from celebrity Chef Katsuji Tanabe and to taste his kosher-style food. This Jewish Federation of Louisville’s Uniquely Jewish BBQ and Brandy event was held in Copper & Kings gleaming new test kitchen in its Butchertown facility on October 19.
Tanabe demonstrated that you don’t need cheese to make your meat dishes sparkle and sometimes things you wouldn’t think to put together – like cauliflower, garlic, olives and dates – combine to make something truly tantalizing.
The event drew an eclectic crowd, men and women, people of all ages from all parts of the community, including a number who had never come to a Federation event like this before. It was the kind of event people had been asking for, and everyone had a good time.
Chef Tanabe is a contestant on Top Chef this season and runs his own Mexi-Kosher restaurant in Los Angeles. He is also a volunteer for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Shellie Branson, Linda Schuster and Linda Spielberg co-chaired of this event.