There’s no better time than spring to refresh your routine. The same goes for annual traditions and the foods that go with them. And contrary to what your mother might say, it is possible to keep with holiday customs while exploring new taste sensations at the same time.
No one knows this better than Anthony Rose, chef at Toronto’s notable Fat Pasha restaurant, who reimagines three Passover meal favourites — matzoh ball soup, chopped liver and gefilte fish. Even purists will not be able to resist these tasty twists on tradition.
Fat Pasha has become one of Toronto’s top destinations for Jewish and Middle Eastern comfort food, doing it very simply and very well — and packing in people of all ages. “The older people in the community love it because we serve things they used to eat when they were growing up,” says Rose. The same can really be said for the 20-somethings. “The younger crowd would have seen bits and pieces of what we’re doing when they were growing up, too, so it’s coming back around to a new generation.”
Spring rejuvenation calls for a dash of the unexpected with menus and a fresh look at kosher wines as well. Our wine pairing suggestions for this Eastern-Europe-meets-Middle-Eastern cuisine revival are big winners but can also be enjoyed year-round.
Pair any of these dishes with white or red kosher wines from Israel's Galilee, Galilee Heights or Upper Galilee and you’ve got the makings of a fine meal. “Israeli wines are much earthier, with more eccentricity to them," says Rose. "I like wines that are a little lighter, not so intense on the palate, so you can taste the food.”
You’ll find our largest selection — including many exclusives — of Kosher wines at our stores located at 675 Wilson Ave., North York, 180 Promenade Circle, Thornhill and 502 Lawrence Ave. West, Toronto. Make them your destination stores when planning Passover dinner.