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Seasoned celebrates Hanukkah with latkes, kosher wine, and a trip to The Crown Market

Mark Seltzer, Chef Plum, Andrea Gussak at The Crown Market in West Hartford, Conn.
Mark Seltzer, Chef Plum, Andrea Gussak at The Crown Market in West Hartford, Conn.

Send out the invites for the latke party! This week on Seasoned, a conversation with Shifra Klein, the founder of Fleishigs, a magazine devoted to modern kosher cooking. We talk with Shifra about the meaning of Hanukkah. . .and what to eat! And we visit The Crown Market in West Hartford, where they fry up thousands of latkes for the holiday. Plus, kosher wine has come a long way since Maneshevitz was the only option. Chef and sommelier Yair Lenchner shares the kosher wines he’s excited about right now.

This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski. Our interns are Abē Levine and Dylan Reyes.

  • Shifra Klein – Editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fleishigs magazine, a publication devoted to modern kosher cuisine
  • Andrea Gussak – Co-manager and executive chef at The Crown Market in West Hartford, Conn.
  • Mark Seltzer – Produce manager and grandson of one of The Crown Market’s founders
  • Sherry Haller – West Hartford resident and loyal customer of The Crown Market
  • Yair Lenchner – chef, sommelier, and certified nutritionist
  • Allison Batson – Founder and creator of Dinner for a Dollar, a program that for the last 10 years has been feeding people in Hamden hot meals every weekend. For more information about Dinner for a Dollar, visit Grace & St. Peter’s website or the Dinner for a Dollar on Facebook.

Kosher wines recommended on this show (Yair’s Under $25 Picks):
Borgo Reale Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2016 ($12.50)
Dalton Reserve Viognier 2018 ($19.99)
Ramon Cardova Rioja Crianza 2014 ($22.00)
Bartenura Moscato ($13.99)

Robyn is the senior producer of Seasoned, a show celebrating food and farms. She’s filled in as a producer for several of our local shows, most notably, Where We Live. In 2021, she was part of the team that received first place in the Interview category from the Public Media Journalists Association for the episode “Who Owns History? Connecticut Woman Sues Harvard For Family Photos.” She produced The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® from November 2015 until the broadcast ended. Before that, she ate her way through the previous seven years of Fine Cooking magazine while its web producer. Robyn is food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.