Food Crawl 2018
The second food crawl "A Taste of Crown Heights" attracted some 450 people, many of them from around New York City and the Tri-State Area looking to indulge in the latest and tastiest kosher dishes.
The walkable trail began on Eastern Parkway, where participants met with the organizers from JMenu, COLlive.com and Toys For Hospitalized Children, a non-profit organization that benefited from the event.
From there, equipped with a map and in warm attire, the foodies walked and spend the day sampling signature dishes or beverages while spending time with family and making friends.
Vendors included ALEN-bi, Baguette Express, Bakerie, Benz's, Calabria, Chocolatte, Dean Street Cafe, Eber’s Liquor and Wine, Empire Grill, Ess & Bentch, Hal’s New York Seltzer, JJ’s Holy Cow, Koshertown, Mama’s Kitchen, Mendy’s @ the JCM, Mermelstein’s, Natural Treats Juice Bar, Noribar Sushi Lounge, Pho-Men on Troy, Prime Avenue, Raskin's Fish, Sushi Spot, Sweet Expressions, The Jew Stew, Wine By The Case and Izzy's BBQ Smokehouse.
Elected officials arrived with their families, among them New York State Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Democratic nominee for NY State Senate Zellnor Myrieand Democratic District Leader Geoffrey Davis.
"Everyone loves food and everyone loves helping children. This event brings these two together. We hope everyone enjoyed, and will come visit Crown Heights again!" said Rabbi JJ Hecht, Executive Vice President of Toys For Hospitalized Children and Shmuly Wolff, CEO of JMenu.
"The food crawl successfully showcases the best in kosher food that Crown Heights has to offer," said Mica Soffer, Publisher and Editor of COLlive.com. "Restaurants and food establishments are certainly stepping up their game and making kosher a sought-after experience."
The best "taste of Crown Heights" was chosen by both a panel of judges and the "people's choice."
The Judges were Alex Cutler, veteran chef and instructor at the Culinary Institute of America; Josh Massin, Executive Chef and Owner at Nobo Wine & Grill in Teaneck, NJ; and Mina Newman, Executive Chef at Sen Sakana and 2009 winner of the "Chopped" competition.
The judges chose Mama Kitchen, a new eatery that specializes in Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine. The People's Choice went for the second year in a row to Koshertown Takeout, represented by Shimiand Shoshi Benabou