Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center presents Maven’s: Deli as a Family Tradition opening reception

Ziggy Gruber Deli Man premier
Ziggy Gruber Photo by Troy Fields

The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center will host the opening reception for its new Deutser Art Gallery exhibit, Maven’s: Deli as a Family Tradition with photographs by Tara McCauley.

As a part of the program, there will be a screening of the national documentary, Deli Man, which stars Houston’s own deli maven, Ziggy Gruber, chef and owner of Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurant.

The exhibit are images by photographer Tara McCauley, who spent more than a year documenting the deli mavens in her family. Her grandfather is featured in the film. Her work is both documentation and preservation - archiving deli history and childhood memories. In her series, McCauley sifts through “mixed feelings of nostalgia (for a mythologized piece of New York history I wasn’t even alive for) and frustration - frustration that delis are a supposedly dying breed, and I’m not sure how to help.” Deli Man is a thorough look at Jewish delicatessens in America from when they were an integral part of every Jewish community to the 21st Century when their numbers are quietly diminishing.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through January 18, 2016.

Event Details


12.13.15 | 11:00 am


Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd.
Houston, TX 77096

Ticket Info

$8 for members, $12 for non-members.