National Press Club

Enjoy Jewish cooking and kosher wine at Dec. 5 wine dinner

November 16, 2017 | By Susan Delbert |

Award-winning author Joan Nathan will sign copies of her latest cookbook, "King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World,” at a five-course wine dinner in the Fourth Estate on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Covenant Wines, owned by cookbook author Jeff Morgan, will offer a selection of California wines to complement recipes from Nathan’s book.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with passed appetizers and two varieties of wines, with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

The menu is a follows:

Passed hors d’oeuvres
Burekas, Spinach-feta filled pastry
Kolokuthokeftedes, Zucchini fritters
Gravlaks salmon with mustard sauce (in cucumber cups)
Keftes Garaz, Syrian meatballs with cherries and tamarind
Wines: Roussanne, 2016; Zinfandel, 2015

Harira, Spiced Moroccan vegetable soup with chickpeas, cilantro and lemon
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc, 2016
Fish and salad
Snapper with preserved lemon and capers
Labneh with beets and puy lentil salad
Wine: Chardonnay, 2016
Locally made orange sorbet
Braised short ribs with almonds, dried plums and star anise
Crunchy saffron rice
Wine: Red blend, 2015
Dates in brown butter with vanilla ice cream, date syrup and halvah crumble
Wine: Late Harvest Muscat Canelli, 2014

Member tickets are $68 for singles and $150 for couples and can be purchased online. Each ticket includes a signed copy of the cookbook; couples receive one book. Additional books will be available for purchase.

Nathan is the author of 10 cookbooks and a regular contributor to the New York Times and Tablet magazine. She is the author of Jewish Cooking in America, which won both the 1994 James Beard Award and the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Awards, and New American Cooking which also won the James Beard and IACP Awards as best American cookbook published in 2005.

Morgan is the author of 20 cookbooks. He is the former West Coast editor for Wine Spectator magazine.