A chance to tour Jerusalem’s after-hours bakeries and chef’s gardens
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A chance to tour Jerusalem’s after-hours bakeries and chef’s gardens

November 19-24’s Open Restaurants Jerusalem brings visitors to kitchens and bakeries, opening their doors after-hours to share the secrets and tips of the trade

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Food scenes abound in Jerusalem, where the Open Restaurants food event opens on November 19, 2019 with walking food tours, workshops with master chefs and bakers and a food tech conference (Courtesy Open Restaurants
Food scenes abound in Jerusalem, where the Open Restaurants food event opens on November 19, 2019 with walking food tours, workshops with master chefs and bakers and a food tech conference (Courtesy Open Restaurants

Jerusalem’s restaurants, cafes and chefs will open their kitchens and dining rooms for the fourth Open Restaurants Jerusalem beginning November 19 and continuing through November 24, with plenty of opportunity to tour, learn and eat.

The events sell out quickly — some already have — so take a look and choose which ones suit your fancy.

This year’s unique events include The Baker’s Visit, with visiting baker Richard Hard working with local master baker Ogen Anomarel, at Shwara’s Bakery in the Old City.

There is a late afternoon visit with chef Ezra Kedem in his Ein Kerem vegetable garden, the opportunity to learn how to make challah with Chen Koren, and after-hours French baking with David Laor.

Mahane Yehuda’s Jacko Street bistro is offering a Turkish tavern feast, and the latest in food technologies will be featured at the Eat Tech exhibition in Hansen House.

Illustrative: Challah loaves at Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, September 8 2017. (Times of Israel/Stuart Winer)

Learn how to make age-old candies with Ronit Zin Karsenty just outside of the city, take a tour of six tasting stations with the Sense the City tour in the Old City, or hop the light rail for the Tasting Train tour with food tour company Bitemojo.

Finally, it’s all about women in Women, Bread and Poetry in Ein Kerem, and the foods and thoughts of two mothers are juxtaposed in Two Mothers, a workshop with an Arab mother from Beit Safafa and an ultra-Orthodox mother from Geula.

For more information and details, go to the Open Restaurants website.

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