About the Book
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Lori Weinrott www.peachtreecatering.com
Lori Weinrott is co-founder of Philadelphia's Peachtree & Ward Catering and partner of its kosher division, Peachtree Kosher, along with her husband Jon Weinrott. The company, based in Willow Grove, PA, has planned events in the local Philadelphia and New Jersey area for over twenty years, and is well known for its creative, sophisticated food and parties. Events range from intimate family dinners to gala parties for high profile fund-raising and arts organizations. Peachtree Kosher, its kosher division acquired in April 2001 and previously known as Catered Affairs, caters and organizes events in most of the major synagogues in the local area, bringing its own mix of classic and ethnic interpretations to the table. Recent clients include the Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia, the Federation of Jewish Agencies, Golden Slipper Club, Anti-Defamation League, Akiba Hebrew Academy, and the Book and the Cook in conjunction with David Hirsch, Moosewood Restaurant chef and cookbook author.
A graduate of Yale University with a BA in French and literature, Lori forged her path in the world of culinary arts by apprenticing in various three star restaurants in France, including Michel Rostang and La Mere Blanc. She brings this love of French food to Peachtree's repertoire, along with a taste for the simple flavors of home. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Lori has supervised the planning of countless bar and bat mitzvah celebrations over the past eighteen years, drawing inspiration from the wellspring of Jewish traditions, her passion for fine food and décor, and the joy of helping people gather together in celebration She views bar and bat mitzvahs as uniquely wonderful, a veritable treasure trove of elements in combination: spirituality, coming of age, family, social action, art, literature and interpretative tradition. Many of the bar and bat mitzvahs that she helped to plan are the subjects of this book. She is now planning her own bat mitzvah for December of 2005. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband Jon, and her children, Sam and Sophie.
Jayne Cohen www.gefiltevariations.com
Jayne Cohen brings nearly a decade of research on Jewish culture to THE ULTIMATE BAR/BAT MITZVAH CELEBRATION BOOK. She has lectured extensively on Jewish culture, as viewed through the prism of its cuisine. Jayne has appeared on television and radio throughout the country. She writes about food for Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Cook's Magazine, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.
This is Jayne's second book about Jewish life. In a starred review of her first book, The Gefilte Variations: 200 Inspired Re-creations of Classics from the Jewish Kitchen (Scribner's 2000), Publishers Weekly writes "Few can explain the essence of Jewish food as charmingly and lyrically." The book, a very personal journey that she describes as "the autobiography of one palate," reflects all the culinary influences that have nourished her and resonate within her, written in her culinary mother tongue: Jewish.
THE ULTIMATE BAR/BAT MITZVAH CELEBRATION BOOK tells another personal story: Jayne's search for ways to make Jewish rituals more meaningful and participatory, more like the big, joyous Seders - real family celebrations - she adored.
She lives in Greenwich Village with her husband and daughter.