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Harvest Special Dinner #242: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at the Roadhouse with Joan Nathan

The Roadhouse will greet the Jewish new year with a special harvest dinner hosted by cookbook author Joan Nathan, the James Beard Award-winning tour-de-force of Jewish cooking, featuring Laurentide Winery. 

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Join us for our Harvest Special Dinner #242 as we reap a lifetime of Joan’s stories and recipes for a very special Rosh Hashanah celebration. Joan will sow the seeds of the special holiday’s traditions, right here at Zingerman’s Roadhouse. This dinner is an excellent chance for those who grew up with the tradition to return to their roots, and for those who welcome fall as their own personal ‘fresh start’ every year to appreciate the spirit of the ancient holiday.

Joan Nathan: The Queen of American Jewish Cooking

In addition to being a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, Joan is a University of Michigan alum. Help us welcome Joan back to Ann Arbor for an evening celebrating the bounty of her cookbook collection as we recreate several of her dishes. We can’t wait to taste the very recipes that have planted the seeds for Jewish cuisine with the “Queen of American Jewish cooking” (Houston Chronicle), herself.

Joan Nathan bio photo

Just as the biblical King Solomon cross-pollinated culinary cultures by sending out emissaries across ancient land and seas, “[Joan] Nathan serves as a modern emissary, gathering recipes and stories from all around the globe.” —Tim Carman, The Washington Post


Tradition, Taste and Terroir

The dinner will be complemented by expertly-paired wines from Laurentide Winery’s exquisite collection. Susan and Bill Braymer of Laurentide Winery will talk us through how the ancient flavors of their New World wines highlight the ancient flavors of Joan’s Old World dishes.

Taste the product of the Leelanau vineyard’s harvests, which are sown in rich soil layered with fossils and minerals left behind by the Laurentide glacier, which carved the geography of Michigan over 10,000 years ago.

We hope you join us for this one-of-a-kind event exploring tradition, taste, and terroir!


Here’s a peek at the menu:


Laurentide Pairing: Fume Blanc 2017

With preserved lemon and cumin.

Gefilte Fish Mold
With horseradish and beet sauce.


Laurentide Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Carrot Mahammar
With dried clementines, ricotta, and fennel.


Laurentide Pairing: Reserve Meritage 2016

Bene Israel Fish Curry
With fresh ginger, tamarind, and cilantro.

Moroccan Lamb Shanks
With caramelized onions and tanzeya, a dried fruit sauce.

Moroccan Tagine of Vegetables

Crunchy Saffron Rice


Laurentide Pairing: Bubble de Bubble 2017

Dates in Brown Butter
With vanilla ice cream, date syrup, and halvah crumble.

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