Feast of the Seven Fishes
Saturday, December 22 at 6pm
Numbers have power and significance. Some numbers have greater significance than others, often due to their properties as primes or unique, or their role in anchoring our numbering system. In Judaism and Christianity, perhaps the most sacred number is seven:
Shabbat is the seventh day. Shemittah, the seventh year. Yovel, the culmination of seven cycles of seven years. The seven branches of the Temple Menorah; the sprinkling of blood seven times in the Temple; the seven days of shiva; the seven days of celebration for chatan and kalah; seven aliyot; seven mitzvoth required on Sukkot; seven major days of celebration in Jewish calendar; seven days of nidah; Sheva Brachot after your wedding (very important to us this year!). According to the Roman Catholic Church, seven are the sacraments, the days of the Creation, as well as the deadly sins... and on and on.
Seven is symbolic of the covenant between humans and the divine, and between one another. In this spirit, we invite you to attend The Feast of the Seven Fishes! We will come together to celebrate our shared heritage and traditions with an informed Christian vigil and festa, prepared according to kosher Jewish dietary law, with dishes ranging from Europe through North Africa to Southeast Asia.
Your menu begins with:
And, at last:
- Cured gurnard with camomile and cucumber water
- Hot smoked trout with fennel, peas and goat's cheese
- Fish koftas with beetroot relish
- Sweet-spiced fishcakes with bread salad
- Coldwater bluefish and turmeric potatoes in rasam broth
- Pasta Con le Sarde (buccatini with fennel, raisins, and flaked sardines in a saffron broth)
And, at last:
- Riverfish rôtissage with tomato, orange and barberry salsa