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For American Jews, bagels at a brit are ubiquitous – the only real questions are
how much salmon is being served and whether the cream cheese is full fat. Chef
Yehoshua Racz is trying to change that with his menu of high-end open cocktail
sandwiches that he hopes will tempt people away from the standard
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Originally from Hungary, Racz attended culinary school before
moving to Israel in 1996. He has worked in a number of restaurants in both
Budapest and Jerusalem, mostly creating upscale caféstyle food. In addition to
being a chef, Racz received rabbinical ordination from the Jerusalem Rabbinate
and a black belt in karate.
His sandwiches are artfully prepared,
delicious and presented beautifully. That said, I am not sure that he is really
going to be able to topple the brit mila bagel monopoly just yet.
creates his sandwiches with a variety of flavors – he serves everything from
Mexican (spicy mayonnaise, corn, cheese) to Italian (pesto, tomato and
mozzarella). In addition, he does not neglect our cravings for smoked salmon
(with cream cheese, lettuce tomato and green onion) or humous (homemade with
egg, tomato and pickle).
There were a few issues: the toppings tended to
slide off and the crust was a little hard to chew through, creating some eating
awkwardness, but that said, I think these sandwiches would be great for a work
or evening event, somewhere where you could easily walk from table to table
choosing the food that you like. I also think that they would be great with
cocktails and I could see them being served at upscale events. Chef Yehoshua
Racz is a full-service caterer and provides everything needed for an event
priced at NIS 59 per person. For more information check out his website,
www.chefyehoshua.com, or call 054-524-0163.
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