We can’t travel to Israel right now — so let’s bring a taste of the Middle East to our homes. Chef Einat Admony — a dynamite personality, the owner of Balaboosta and Taim restaurants across New York City and Washington, D.C., and author of the cookbooks Balaboosta and Shuk — will lead a fun and laid-back virtual cooking demo as we prepare a delicious Mediterranean dish together.
You’ll also discover the latest on UJA’s powerful response to Covid-19, which includes the recent addition of $11.6 million to support Jewish community centers and Israel’s most vulnerable.
Before the event, we'll send you the recipe of the dish we'll whip up so you'll have time to get the ingredients.
Einat Admony, known as the ultimate balaboosta (meaning "perfect housewife" in Yiddish) is the James Beard–nominated chef and owner of Balaboosta, the fine dining Middle Eastern & Israeli restaurant and the beloved fast casual falafel chain, Taïm.
Einat is a pillar of the international Israeli cooking community. Her food tells an intricate story of strong immigrant roots and living the American Dream. Having grown up in Tel Aviv, she served as a cook in the Israeli Army before traveling Europe to work in kitchens and eventually landing in New York City as an ambitious young chef. After 15+ years leading the New York culinary scene and establishing multiple restaurants, Einat continues to innovate and inspire with elevated yet comforting homestyle cooking from her childhood.
Einat is a two-time champion and competitor of Food Network’s Chopped and Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. She has been featured in The New York Times, Bon Appetit, HuffPost, Forbes, among many others. Einat has authored two cookbooks with Artisan Books: Balaboosta (2013) and Shuk (2019). In 2014, she was a recipient of the Great Immigrants award from Carnegie Corporation of New York for exemplary contributions to American life.
Outside of leading several expanding food businesses, Einat can be found at home in Brooklyn or at her country house in the Hudson Valley, cooking for her two children, Liam and Mika, her husband and business partner, Stefan Nafziger, and a steady stream of dinner party guests.
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