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// 02-11.11.2013 //
The Polish Institute in Israel invites you to a series of culinary-cultural experience that
will redefine the concept of Polish cuisine.

The first Polish Culinary Week in Israel will present over forty culinary and cultural events to be held nation-wide:
meals created jointly by top chefs from Israel and  Poland; the re-creation of historic and literary meals; culinary tours; cookery workshops and more. Participants in the events will get to know the traditional Polish kitchen; taste original Jewish-Polish dishes the way they were before arriving in Israel; recall with nostalgia the Eastern European kitchen of the tzena (austerity) period; and be introduced to contemporary Polish cuisine which is arousing tremendous interest in the gastronomic world. The culinary perspective allows a gaze at the rich and diverse cultures of both nations - Poland and Israel.


A young Polish chef cooking together with an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor and owner of a Jewish-Israeli tavern; a gala dinner served in late nineteenth-century Warsaw, re-created in a trendy Tel  Aviv restaurant at the start of the twenty-first century; the owner of a home-style Warsaw restaurant which inspired an Israeli graphic novella transfers her Eastern European workers restaurant for one day to the Middle East; a Michelin-starred Polish chef - a rising star in global gastronomy- is hosted by a local haute cuisine restaurant, and a slew of other events, banquets, and riveting tales.


The First Polish Food Festival in Israel. Not something taken for granted in a culture used to thinking of two words 'Polish cooking' as something bland and boring, or a source of nostalgia, not really for epicures, something that Grandma served. Like other aspects of culture and everyday life, the kitchen reflects a complex relationship between the two cultures and countries, and food is only one means of telling the historical story and observing current reality through its prism. Over the past three decades, both Poland and Israel have undergone an astounding culinary revolution, each spurred by its own motives and tastes.


We played with the idea for a while, and the decision to launch the project was made only recently. In the past few months, we found ourselves on an unexpected and fascinating journey. We were also amazed by the response. Hardly a person, restaurant, or institution we approached didn't react with genuine curiosity and the urge to provide a platform, or to explore personal and national chronicles, and revive tastes and experiences.


We've only touched the tip of the rich culinary culture of Poland and Eastern European Jews. Dozens of stories, recipes, concepts, foods and experiences still await their turn, and hopefully the First Polish Food Festival will be the debut of an annual tradition.


Ronit Vered and Arieh Rosen


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The Ambassador of Poland in Israel: H.E. Jacek Chodorowicz
The Director of the Polish Institute: Krzysztof Kopytko

Content and production manager: Arieh Rosen 
Content management, culinary
consulting, and text writing:
 Ronit Vered 
Production: Michal Levit, Monika Rogalska  
Public Relations: Hadas Shapira
Advertising: Allenby 
Deputy Director: Karol Prejna
Office Manager: Agata Peleszuk
Cultural Department: Anna Kardaszewska, Yifat Zvirin
Education Department: Tadeusz Woleński
Logistics: Jacek Sawicki
Library: Ayelet Shafir
Phone 03.6962053 Mail: pcw.israel.2013@gmail.com


Our thanks to Dr. Yossi Vardi, Yael Sheffer Nahari, Shmil Holland, Dafna Karon, Dani Tracz, Lior Hargil, Ula Bikont, Hanni Kishlavsky, Gil Hovav, Tzachi Toreno, Zvi Roger, Dan Peretz, Nurit Kariv, Bogoshia Marsliak, IAM, Yonatan Bobrov, the Bei't Ha'Ir staff, Assaf Zamir, Hila Alpert, Attorney Alroi Kanbal, and Noam Levinger.