“In 1931, there were 1,550 kosher delicatessens in the five boroughs of New York. Today 150 Jewish delis remain in the whole of North America.”
This disheartening statistic comes from the opening clip of “Deli Man,” a forthcoming documentary by independent filmmaker Erik Greenberg Anjou that explores the importance of food in the American Jewish culture.
Atlanta has the good fortune to be an incubator for a fresh breed of delicatessen. This new deli generation includes Ben and Jennifer Johnson, owners of West Egg Cafe, who partnered with well-known Bocado chef Todd Ginsberg and West Egg manager Shelley Sweet to open the General Muir at Emory Point.
The team is writing a new chapter in the history of the deli as they pay homage to its origins.
See the preview for the film “Deli Man” below.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog