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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Jacob Siwak, who grew up attending Central Reform Congregation, has opened a restaurant, Forsythia, in New York’s Lower East Side. 

Buon appetito: St. Louis native opens restaurant in New York City

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-Chief November 20, 2020

Jacob Siwak grew up in Clayton attending Central Reform Congregation. He graduated from John Burroughs School and Washington University, having majored in film. He initially moved to New York to work for producer Scott Rudin (“No Country for Old Men,”...

Café Coeur chef Matthew R. Dawson, co-owners Moshe and Chana Plotnik and manager Therese Fisher. The restaurant is St. Louis’ newest kosher dining option, located on Old Olive Road.

Kosher restaurants in St. Louis face numerous challenges — here’s how owners are adapting

By Ellen Futterman, Editor August 29, 2019

The two women had just finished lunch when a reporter pounced, peppering them with questions.“What did you think of the food?” “How was the service?” “Would you come back again?”And then, “Do either of you keep kosher?”“I’m not even...

Husband and wife Simon and Angelica Lusky outside of their restaurant, Revel Kitchen. Photo: Bill Motchan

St. Louis chef’s latest venture kind of did come out of left field

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light August 9, 2018

An army marches on its stomach. So, too, does a major league baseball team, and for much of the past decade the St. Louis Cardinals players have been well fed by Simon Lusky, the Jewish team chef. This year, Lusky made a big transition from feeding ballplayers...

Jewish entrepreneur David Dresner is opening a global pot sticker restaurant called Crispy Edge next month in the Tower Grove neighborhood. The idea for the restaurant was inspired by his grandfather, who cultivated Dresner’s love of pot stickers.

Pot sticker restaurateur, NJT’s new season, cats on film

Ellen Futterman, Editor March 7, 2018

Edgy eateryCrispy Edge, a new pot sticker restaurant owned and operated by local Jewish entrepreneur and Washington University graduate, David Dresner, will open in early April in the Tower Grove neighborhood.Dresner, 30, who attends Central Reform Congregation...

Chef and restaurateur Ben Poremba at Olio and Elaia, his new restaurants at 1634 Tower Grove Avenue, in the Botanical Heights neighborhood. Photo: Yana Hotter

Israeli chef Ben Poremba launches side-by-side restaurants to rave reviews

BY MARGI LENGA KAHN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT May 29, 2013

Ben Poremba was born and raised in Ness Ziona, Israel, north of Rehovat and south of Rishon. He is the youngest of three children, with an older brother and sister. At the age of 17, Poremba moved to Italy to attend a master’s degree program in food...

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