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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Reinventing Jewish Street Food in San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 5:30 PM

click to enlarge Kosher brisket brewing from Pearl's Kitchen. - PEARLSKITCH.BLOGSPOT.COM
  • Kosher brisket brewing from Pearl's Kitchen.
We enjoyed Emily Savage's cover story ("Takin' it to the streets: Jewish vendors add deli favorites to S.F. mobile food scene") of the new issue of J., the Jewish newsweekly of Northern California, if only for the imaginative possibilities of a future Jewish street-food scene channeling old-school traditions in San Francisco. For now, we've got Pearl's Kitchen and Egg Cream Cart, two Jewish-leaning vendors who have yet to be able to sync their busy schedules to sell together, and the San Francisco-based national mobile food website Roaming Hunger, created by fellow member of the tribe Ross Resnick.

PK's Lauren Bowne remembers her grandmother, the namesake of her and husband Jon's business:

Pearl was the quintessential Jewish grandma. Her food was always the best part of the week. We'd go straight to the cookie jar and take out some mandel bread, then she'd make us chicken soup with matzah balls, and stuffed cabbages -- those foods represent home for me.

Our own German-Jewish grandmother (Oma) was never satisfied with the amount of food we ate. Even if we cleaned our plate, to her it just indicated that we needed more. And that's a tradition we wouldn't mind having evoked by new friends on the street.

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