Jewish young professionals connect, get fed, and do good at culinary fundraiser
What: The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston's Jerome Robinson Family Young Adult Division's Legacy Event: GET:FED.
Where: 1600 Smith St.
The Scoop: A sold-out crowd of 350 young professionals gathered for a special pop-up from Bernie's Burger Bus chef/owner Justin Turner. Taking his inspiration from modern Israeli cuisine, Turner served a three-course, fully Kosher menu that reflected the Jewish Federation's three fundraising areas: Fund for the Jewish Future (roasted tomato felafel), Israel & Overseas (smoked salmon with pickled and crispy onions), and Local Needs (olive oil-poached striped bass with Texas pecans). Pop-up wizards Dinner Lab transformed the 16th floor of a downtown office building into an elegant supper club and lounge.
Master of Ceremonies Ziggy Gruber, now as well known for his star turn in the Deli Man documentary as for his popular Galleria-area restaurant, entertained the crowd while also sharing personal anecdotes about the important work the Jewish Federation does in the community. Both legacy event chairs Lindsey Fox and Shawn Golan and campaign chairs Jared Dubin and Rachel Strauss helped motivate the crowd to make a substantial contribution to the almost $180,000 YAD has raised since September.
Who: Gilad and Lisa Zadok, Olivia and Eric Barvin, Julia Rezzy and Elliot Gorog, Rebecca Loeb, Stacy and David Weiner, Alice Levitt, Lauren and Marc Sancton, Rachel and Levi Strauss, Erica Robinson, and Neil Kogut.