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Israeli Food Scene Shines with Two November Festivals

Israeli Food Scene Shines with Two November Festivals

A mixology workshop at Hasadna. Courtesy of Open Restaurants

Foodies Flocked to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for Talks, Tours, and Tastings

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Israel is a foodie's paradise for many reasons, but for the month of November it was especially delectable. 

For the second year in a row, chefs from thirteen world-famous restaurants descended upon Tel Aviv as part of the annual Round Tables World Tour. Top chefs from New York, Paris, Madrid, Copenhagen, Lisbon, New Delhi, Lima, and Bangkok spent several days in Israel's cultural capital to engage in culinary dialogue and "gastro-diplomacy" with Israeli chefs while sabras got to reap the benefits. The Israeli chefs spent time at the restaurants abroad earlier in the year, getting acquainted with their counterparts.

Supporters of the anti-Israel BDS movement waged a public relations war with several of these chefs and their restaurants in an effort to discourage them from participating. Stephane Jego, who faced protests outside of his Parisian restaurant L'Ami Jean and received criticism online for taking part in the Round Tables festival, fought back on Twitter

Open Restaurants, a multi-day event which took place in Tel Aviv over the previous three years, moved to Israel's capital city this year. Twenty events, ranging from hands-on workshops to talks, featuring both non-kosher and kosher fare, took place in Jerusalem. Kids could learn how to decorate cakes at a Roladin bakery, make sushi at Sushi Rechavia, and create artwork out of food items. Adults could learn how to prepare Algerian home-style cooking, take a walking tour to learn about Jerusalem's diverse culinary traditions, or attend an "Alice in Wonderland"- style tea party.  

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