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Jews Feast On Forbidden Foods To Remember Rabbis' Radical Banquet

Ancient Jewish teachings ban pork, shellfish, and meat mixed with dairy in the same meal. Some modern Jews wanting to evolve the way they eat look to a scandalous feast of the past for inspiration.
Chef Heidi Rae Weinstein holds a Reuben sandwich, complete with Swiss cheese — definitely a kosher no-no — at Trefa Banquet 2.0, an event held in San Francisco to commemorate a scandalous meal held in 1883 by newly ordained rabbis of the Jewish reform movement. The event has practically become myth. Source: Lydia Daniller

When a journalist and chef made the decision to host a dinner party and invite members of the Illuminoshi (a not-so-secret society of San Francisco Bay Area Jewish food professionals) to eat a meal of pork and shellfish-filled dishes in the name of education, she knew that more than a few people would have some beef with the menu.

An event like that takes lots of, as the Jews say, chutzpah to put on. Which is why Alix Wall prefaced the announcement of Trefa Banquet 2.0 with an apology.

"I can hear the groans coming from a few of you," Wall, the founder of the , writes in the invitation. "I want to explain that I am not doing this just to be disrespectful by celebrating Jews' love for all things forbidden to us, even though we all know it's real. I thought a celebration of should be accompanied by learning about the real one."

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