WASHINGTON – A culinary celebration will be held in Los Angeles on the State of Israel's
65th Independence Day. The local consulate has decided to divert from the tradition of a holiday reception, and instead offer pro-Israel celebrities in the West Coast of the United States a taste of Israeli wine and gourmet food.
Israel's consul-general in Los Angeles, David Siegel, has invited the chefs of Jerusalem's famous Machneyuda restaurant – Asaf Granit and Uri Navon – to cooperate with well-known chefs in LA and present the culinary prosperity in the Israeli kitchen.
The chefs will offer a menu consisting of Machneyuda's best dishes, replacing the fresh produce of Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market with that of Santa Monica Farmers' Market.
"In Hollywood there are two options: Either talking about the conflict, and you can talk to yourself about that, or working on issues they are interested in, like television and productions in Israel which we are trying to promote, and bringing food and wine made in Israel to Hollywood," explained Consul-General Siegel.
"We engage in exposing the different angles of Israel – from high-tech to the industry, to art, cinema and culinary culture."
Chef Asaf Granit of Machneyuda (Photo: Tom Lahat)
As part of the celebrations, the two Israeli chefs will be the guests of Nobu Malibu, which is part of a chain of restaurants co-founded by actor Robert De Niro and Israeli film producer Meir Teper.
The restaurant, which hosts top Hollywood stars, is located on the Malibu beach and has become the meeting place for the likes of Steven Spielberg and David Geffen.
The Machneyuda chefs will cooperate at the restaurant with Nobu's head chef, Gregorio Stephenson. The chain's owner and chef, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, will also take part in the event.
A recognition award will be handed out during the event to Larry Ellison, the founder and owner of Oracle Corporation, for his years-long support for Israel.
Ellison, the sixth wealthiest man in the world, visited Israel in 2007 and donated a fortified communal center to the rocket-battered city of Sderot. Several months ago, he donated $1 million to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
The event will be attended by actor Sean Penn, film producer Harvey Weinstein, musician David Foster, tennis player Tommy Haas, "Homeland" creator Howard Gordon, the owners of the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers basketball teams, the owners of the Nordstrom fashion chain, the owners of California Pizza Kitchen, Israeli producer Haim Saban and dozens of heads of production companies and PR agencies in Hollywood.