Beyoncé fresses on $3,500 of Jewish deli food in Toronto
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Beyoncé fresses on $3,500 of Jewish deli food in Toronto

Singer orders Caplansky’s famous smoked meat for post-concert snack

Renee Ghert-Zand is a reporter and feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Beyonce conquers the stage again on May 9, 2016, in an Israeli-designed outfit by Inbal Dror. (Courtesy Formation Nation)
Beyonce conquers the stage again on May 9, 2016, in an Israeli-designed outfit by Inbal Dror. (Courtesy Formation Nation)

Beyoncé likes her smoked meat. How do we know this? Because she reportedly ordered a whopping $3,500 worth of it the other night from Caplansky’s Deli in Toronto.

The musical superstar must have worked up a major appetite after her two-hour performance at Rogers Centre Wednesday to make her crave Toronto’s best Jewish comfort food. She temporarily threw her veganism to the wind (she owns an $18 vegan meal delivery service) to chow down on lean, tender slices of salted and smoked brisket that almost melt in your mouth. (Believe us, we’ve eaten at Caplansky’s, so we know.)

To be sure, Queen Bey did not eat all those delicious smoked meat sandwiches herself. She had a large entourage to feed.

A Caplansky’s employee confirmed to Fader that “99%” of Beyoncé’s order consisted of the deli’s famous smoked meat. We’re just wondering why, if she was going heavy anyway, she didn’t try the kishke, knishes, maple bacon donuts (decidedly not kosher), or the poutine (deli man Zane Caplansky tops his version of this French Canadian staple with smoked meat).

And did she wash down all the deli fare with Caplansky’s own Deli King Spiced Dark Rye Lager, which owner Zane Caplansky has said tastes better with a sour dill?

Toronto deli owner Zane Caplansky slices his famous smoked meat (Edward Pond)
Toronto deli owner Zane Caplansky slices his famous smoked meat. (Edward Pond)

Buzz about the megastar’s mega-order came at an excellent time for Caplansky’s, which just opened a new location in Toronto’s tony Yorkville section. In addition to the deli’s original spot on College Street, Caplansky’s also has two locations at Toronto’s Pearson Airport and has plans to expand across Canada.

Now that we know that Beyoncé likes to sample the local fare, we here in Israel wonder whether she will drop $3,500 on falafel when she is here this August to give two concerts in Tel Aviv.

At least falafel is vegan. And it’s probably better for the singer’s figure, which she has been showing off on stage during her world tour in a line of outfits created by Israeli designer Inbal Dror.

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