BY: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor For World Liberty TV
This month at Chelsea Piers in NYC, the Royal Wine Corp will host its 13th annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWE) with hundreds of new wines and spirits from every corner of the globe. Throughout the evening oenophiles will enjoy tasting many award-winning wines, exceptional new kosher runs, French champagne and a line of wines from NBA all-star Amare Stoudemire, produced in Israel to his specifications, along with so much more.
As with every KFWE event, the evening’s festivities will also offer visitors a chance to sample mouthwatering fare from today’s top-trending kosher restaurants, chefs, caterers and food companies.
More than 30 purveyors will be on hand to serve up delicious fare including sushi, kosher poke, bison, organic beef and BBQ, smoked meats, and elegant desserts from chocolates and parve ice cream to cakes, cupcakes, and more.
KFWE Gourmet Fare: ALENbi Kitchen, Bison & Bourbon, Chop Chop, Buffalo2go, Graze Smokehouse, Great Falls Bistro, Factory 220, Judd’s Memphis Kitchen, Le Marais, R & Z Kosher Smoked Meats, T Fusion Steakhouse, Sushi Tokyo, Teaneck Doghouse, UN Plaza Grill and Sushi, West Wing, Tirat Zvi Grill and Sandwich Bar, Chani Greenbaum Events, Elegant Desserts NY, Grow & Behold, Jack’s Gourmet, Kosher Poke, A Taste of The Mediterranean by Ta’amti, Marani, Pelleh Farms, Silverleaf Caterers, Sushi Tokyo, Taam Eden Bakery, The Kosher.com Experience, The Nuttery, Urban Pops and gourmet coffees and teas compliments of Elite and Wissotzky.
“Today’s Kosher consumers want to experience and taste all that’s new in kosher. That includes the newest products, ingredients and cookbooks, delicious restaurants and dining, as well as take-out and convenience foods,” says Chanie Nayman, editor of Kosher.com, a Jewish lifestyle website offering thousands of kosher recipes and cooking videos. “Like never before, new kosher eateries are popping up all over the country, and novice and professional chefs alike seek new recipes that go beyond what our grandmothers used to serve,” she adds.
Adding to the KFWE festivities is a celebration marking the 70th Anniversary of the Royal Wine Corp. Today, Royal Wine, also known as Kedem, has become synonymous with the highest standards in wines, spirits, and foods – not just in the kosher community but across the epicurean world. The brand’s innovative portfolio continues to break ground in new categories.
Gabriel Geller, VP of Public Relations for Royal Wine Corp., attributes the proliferation of fine wines which just happen to be kosher to the Herzog family’s 200-year winemaking legacy. “The family travels the world to discover and import new varieties of premier kosher wines from Israel, France, Chile, Australia, California and many more terroirs around the globe. Their longtime vision and commitment to excellence has opened kosher consumers’ eyes to the finest vintages from Bordeaux, Burgundy and beyond.”
Today, Royal sources its wines from more than 15 regions and countries. But according to David Herzog, the company’s Chairman of the Board, “We’re not in the wine business, but in the simcha (joy) business. Kedem prides itself in providing the wines that people share with their families and friends over the most joyous moments of life: holidays, bar/bat mitzvahs, engagements, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc.”
About Royal Wine/Kedem: Since 1948, Royal Wine Corp., also known as Kedem, has been owned and operated in the United States by the Herzog family, whose winemaking roots date back eight generations to 19th century Czechoslovakia.
Today Royal Wine’s portfolio of domestic and international wines range from traditional wine producing regions of France, Italy and Spain, as well as Israel, New Zealand and Argentina. Additionally, Royal Wine Corp.’s spirit and liqueur portfolio offer some of the most sought-after scotches, bourbons, tequilas and vodkas as well as hard to find specialty items such as flavored brandies and liqueurs.
The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in upstate New York, as well as Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California, a state-of-the-art-facility featuring guided wine tours, a fully staffed modern tasting room, gift shop and catering facilities. Additionally, the winery houses the award-winning restaurant Tierra Sur, serving the finest Mediterranean inspired contemporary Californian Cuisine.