Shavuot, being mostly about dairy foods and fresh produce, is not usually considered a gourmet event, but a growing number of restaurants around the country are jumping at any opportunity to offer a special menu. Here are a few options for dairy lovers.

At Mel & Michelle, the new summer menu fits perfectly with the holiday’s spirit. Try the beet carpaccio with blue and white cheese (NIS 18) or their famous Parisien gnocchi with truffles.

(155 Ben-Yehuda Street. (03) 529- 3232) At Italkia Batachana, chef Amir Markowitz added the four-cheese pasta for the holiday (NIS 75). Also try the salmon with feta (NIS 84) and risotto balls. (Neveh Tzedek, Tel Aviv (03) 522-2664).

At Bin 281 there will be a weekend of wine and cheese. The attractive deal is limitless wine and personal cheese trays for NIS 15 per person.

Entry fee is NIS 65. (281 Dizengoff Street, Tel Aviv (03) 544-4281) At Seatara, located in the Sea & Sun compound in North Tel Aviv, there will be a special dairy menu over the weekend, offering fish kebabs with goat cheese and fresh fruit and a selection of cheeses cakes. (03) 699- 6633.

The vegetarian-organic restaurant Barzilay is celebrating this holiday with a festival of fresh breads, cheeses tastings and kids’ workshops. A cheese plate for two, with breads and dips and two glasses of wine, is offered for NIS 100 over the holiday weekend. (09) 745-3935.

The Olei Zion restaurant in Jaffa invites guests to a Shavuot party on Sunday night for an evening of music, moderately priced alcohol and light refreshments. (03) 604-4936




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