By Howard Pousner
Everyone knows that cream cheese and bagels, matzoh ball soup, gefilte fish and kosher hot dogs are Jewish food. But how about the Chinese takeout that many Jews consume on Christmas eve when their Christian friends are otherwise occupied, hummus or even sushi served at a Jewish wedding reception?
A new exhibit opening Feb. 7 at the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum, “Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture and American Jewish Identity,” should provide answers — or at least leave guests ready for a nosh.
“What we’ve learned while preparing for this exhibition is that the Jewish community pitches a big tent,” Breman curator Timothy Frilingos said in a statement. “That means that your Jewish food may not be the same as my Jewish food. And that Southern cuisine fused with traditional Jewish foods can result in some unexpected surprises.”
Organized by the Jewish Museum of Maryland, “Chosen Food” explores the relationship between Jewish food and Jewish identity. It also illuminates matters including the ways American Jews modulate tradition in their kosher and non-kosher kitchens; what happens when an old-country family recipe is brought to America; the important role of the caterer as “translator” of “American” into “Jewish” food; and issues inherent in “ethical eating.”
The Breman is at 1440 Spring St. N.W. $12; $8, seniors; $6, students. 678-222-3700, www.thebreman.org.
Trinity transforms gym into mega gallery
Over 30 years, Spotlight on Art has raised $5 million for Buckhead’s Trinity School and spread an impressive array of original art by artists from the famed to the emerging across the metro area.
The 31st edition of the Spotlight Artists Market, continuing through Feb. 9 has transformed the private school’s gym into an oversized art gallery. Nearly 350 carefully selected artists are showing array of canvases, photography, sculpture, home and garden wares, jewelry, folk art and more.
“It’s a come-as-you-are event where one can dip his or her toes into the art scene and learn the joys of living vibrantly and creatively with art,” spokesperson Laura Herakovich said.
Hours are 6-9 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. The school is at 4301 Northside Parkway N.W., Atlanta. Information: 404-231-8119, www.trinityatl.org/spotlight_on_art.