In the spirit of Rosh Hashana and the Jewish people’s many rich contributions to the fabric of Brooklyn culture, let’s take a moment to toast the 5,772nd anniversary of the completion of the creation of the world. L’Shanah Tovah, yo!
What better way to celebrate than with food? Smorgasburg will have your high holy day hankerings covered tomorrow in Williamsburg with a variety of special new year treats. In the Jewish tradition, many of the foods served to celebrate Rosh Hashana symbolize hopes for the new year. Smorg’s lineup will include:
- Mighty Quinn’s mighty brisket (which doesn’t have to symbolize anything other than its own fine fine self)
- Roberta’s take on fresh-baked challa (traditionally baked round for the holiday to symbolize the cycle of the year).
- Skytown’s stuffed cabbage (stuffed foods symbolize a year filled with blessings).
- Acme Smoked Fish‘s….smoked fish (fish represent prosperity – one hopes that the coming year will be filled with blessings as plentiful as the fish in the sea).
- Shelsky’s Smoked Fish‘s homemade gefilte fish (traditionally served whole at the new year, with the head of the fish – symbolizing the head of the new year – served to the head of the family, if a sheeps head cannot be procured.)
- Chozen Ice Cream’s apple & honey ice cream (apples are a tip of the hat to creation – think Adam & Eve – and honey symbolizes a sweet, sweet year ahead). Rugelach too.
There aren’t many places where you can get such a broad array of traditional Jewish treats in one spot. You should probably go – to be sure you’re doing everything you can to lock in your blessings, prosperity, and sweetness in the coming year. Or just to eat some brisket by the river, on a rainy autumn day.