Michele Grant, The Kosher Palate
For all the specialized foods you can get in LA, especially at farmers' market stands and food trucks, rarely is it kosher. “After a friend’s Purim dinner, I started looking at what kind of food the Frum Jewish community had compared to the food trends that were happening in the secular world,” says Grant, the chef and founder of The Kosher Palate. “There was a huge gap in the variety of food available to the kosher foodie.” So she set out to change that with her catering company, farmers' market booth, food truck and (soon) a takeout market.
On the truck, she's serving things like falafel and tater tots smothered in Tofutti tzatziki, pan-fried Yemenite bread topped with honey-pepper steak, and Portuguese kale stew, all prepared in partnership and under the strict supervision of the Rabbinical Council of California, and also made with fresh, organic, seasonal ingredients found at many of our local farmers' markets. At the markets, Kosher Palate is the first booth with on-site kosher supervision in LA, so weekly shoppers can nosh on dishes inspired by traditional Jewish cuisines from around the world while they look for produce for home. And in November, the first stationary location will open at Crafted in San Pedro, where prepared foods and other hard-to-find kosher specialty items will be available. “We just want to give LA’s kosher foodies a place to really satisfy their epicurean cravings, something that's been sorely missing from the kosher food scene.”