October 6th 2013 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Nothing's quite like real delicatessen food. Freshly sliced corned beef and pastrami on hearty breads. Sizzling hot dogs. Crisp cole slaw. Crunchy pickles. And, of course, those Jewish traditions, matzo ball soup and latkes. Here's your chance to sample a taste of Jewish Altoona at the second annual Union Avenue Deli at Temple Beth Israel. Besides outstanding deli foods, you will be treated to a demonstration or two, a sampling of falafel - Israel's national food - and much more.
Admission is free. There's on-street parking at all times and at Altoona Bible Church after noon. Major credit cards will be accepted for food purchases. Don't miss this new Altoona tradition.
|Corned Beef Sandwich||It's the perfect deli sandwich, with corned beef piled high on a hearty rye bread with spicy mustard and other condiments of your choice.|
|Pastrami Sandwich||Are we on the Lower East Side of New York? No, we're in Altoona, enjoying another deli tradition with all of your favorite condiments and additions.|
|Turkey Sandwich||A little on the lighter side of the deli, enjoy another tradition with all of your favorite condiments and additions.|
|All-Beef Hot Dogs||Red hots, off the grill and ready for you with all the fixings that you could ask for. What's your hot dog style? Brooklyn? Chicago? Pittsburgh? You can try them all at the Union Avenue Deli.|
|Cole Slaw & Pickles||What's a deli sandwich without them? You'll get a crunchy pickle and fresh cole slaw with each and every sandwich.|
|Falafel Bar||Just like the pita-bread sandwiches that you get on the street corner in Jerusalem. Pick your fixings, including hummus, roasted red pepper sauce, and a spicy pepper sauce known as harissa.|
|Matzo Ball Soup||It's widely known as Jewish penicillin for its power to cure colds and other maladies. It's a savory chicken soup with fluffy matzo balls. It's a Passover stable, but it's also great on an autumn day.|
|Hummus & Pita Bread||What would the world be without hummus? This middle-eastern staple is a nutty and refreshing dip that can be eaten in or on just about anything! Ours comes with pita bread - perfect for dipping!|
|Latkes ("LAHT-kuz")||A specialty of Temple Beth Israel's menfolk. Okay, these sizzling potato pancakes are traditional at Chanukah, but they are satisfying any time of the year.|
|Challah||The traditional Sabbath bread is a treat by itself when made right. And we really know how to make challah.|
|Pastries||Are we going to send you away without a chance to have dessert? Heaven forbid. Have your choice of such delicacies as chocolate babka, rugela, or hamantashen. Just like bubbe used to make.|
Every Union Avenue Deli patron will be entered to win a drawing for a free dinner for four prepared by Don Clippinger, author of "Real Jewish Men Cook Kosher!" Husband of Temple Beth Israelís Rabbi Audrey Korotkin, Clippinger will carry in dinner, based on recipes in his cookbook, to the winnerís home.
We'd like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity, allowing us to present this wonderful Food Festival.
The Altoona Jewish Food Festival began in 2012 as a way to revive the popular "Union Avenue Deli" food booth that Temple Beth Israel hosted at the DelGrosso's Heritage days. The "Deli" would serve hot pastrami and kosher hotdogs and was always a big hit.
Unfortunately, due to several consecutive years of the heritage festival conflicting with our holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Deli had to close.
Spearheaded by co-chairs Soozie Holzer and Barry Allen, the Deli was revived in 2012 as the Altoona Jewish Food Festival. We're excited to share with you the food we love and a taste of our culture.
Proceeds of the Altoona Jewish Food Festival benefit the Temple
Beth Israel Sisterhood, a Temple-affiliated philanthropic association.
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