Manischewitz To Host Simple And Creative Kosher Cuisine Competition In Costa Mesa, CA
Submitted to: Food and Drink 
Posted: December 01 2006


30 November 2006 ( - Thirty semi-finalists were selected from among thousands of entries nationwide to compete in one of three regional events and receive prize packages. Two finalists will be selected from each regional to participate in the final event in New York City, for a chance to win a $20,000 grand prize package including a GE Profile kitchen, cash and more. The competition follows kosher guidelines under the guidance of the Manischewitz Rabbi - Rabbi Horowitz.

The December 14th Costa Mesa event will be judged live and with an impressive panel including representatives from: Orange County Jewish Life, Cooking Light Magazines, RAB Food Group and GE, as well as the Executive Chef from the Hilton Costa Mesa Hotel. This panel of food experts will judge the recipes based on the following criteria: taste, 50%; ease of preparation, 20%; appearance, 15%; and originality, 15%.

Aside from the (ten) semi-finalists competing at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa Hotel, there are (ten) semi-finalists chosen in the Southeast region and (ten) semi-finalists chosen in the Western region of the United States. The cook-offs will conclude at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa Hotel on December 14, 2006. The finals will take place on February 1, 2007 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

“It is very exciting to be part of the first-ever kosher cook-off in the nation and show how to make great home cooked food simply by using specialty foods from the Manischewitz line,” says Jeremy J. Fingerman, President and Chief Executive Officer R.A.B. Food Group, LLC. “We are proud to debut this cook-off here in California, where a large percentage of our core consumers reside. It is so enlightening to see such a wildly enthusiastic response to the cook-off.”

This cook-off contest is designed to encourage home cooks to prepare a delicious and simple kosher dish using Manischewitz products. The national competition called for recipe entries through

“The competition encourages creativity and tradition.” David Rossi, VP, Marketing, Manischewitz,” said David Rossi, VP, Marketing, R.A.B. Food Group. “The cook-off entries are so exciting and new that they inspire everyone. These recipes show how by using simple grocery store products, you can create new and innovative recipes for holiday or everyday.”

For those of you unable to attend the event, Manischewitz, along with the New York Times Best-Selling author of the Kosher by Design Series, Susie Fishbein, have created a perfect holiday recipe that you can make at home:


Fatoush is Mediterranean salad that just bursts with fresh flavor. For a dairy option, add some crumbled feta cheese and chopped kalamata olives.

Spiced Matzo Crisps:

3 Manischewitz Spelt matzos

Manischewitz extra virgin olive oil

ground cumin

garlic powder

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

Fatoush Salad:

4 heads Belgium endive

1/8th of a cup fresh mint leaves, discard stems

1 (8-10) inch English cucumber, peeled, cut into ½ inch dice, if you are using regular cucumbers discard all seeds

1/4 cup flat leaf Italian parsley leaves, discard stems, roughly chopped

1 cup small grape or cherry tomatoes, halves

1 cup arugula

juice of 1 lemon

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

kosher salt

-Preheat oven to 400 F.

-Lay 3 Spelt Matzos on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle on cumin, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Place, uncovered into the oven and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and break into large shards of irregular size.

-Meanwhile, prepare the salad.

-Thinly slice the endive and place in a large bowl. Lay the mint leaves in a pile and tear them, they will bruise if you cut them with a knife. Add to the bowl. Toss in the cucumber, parsley, tomatoes, and arugula.

-Mix the lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Add to the salad, tossing to combine. Allow to sit for a few minutes.

-Arrange the salad in a mound on 6 plates. Stand 2-3 Matzo crisps in each salad.

(Yield: 6 servings)

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About R.A.B. Food Group

In August 2004, the company changed it's name from The B. Manischewitz Company, LLC to RAB Food Group, LLC. Today the R.A.B. Food Group, LLC is a specialty food company that includes the Manischewitz®, Season®, Guiltless Gourmet®, Asian Harvest™, Rocheach®, Mispacha, Horowitz Margareten®, Jason, Mother’s, Carmel, Tradition, Croyden House, Mrs Adler’s and Goodman’s® brands. The company offers a diversified line of premium food products that cover over 60 different categories.



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