Lauren Sarabia, Comfort of Home Catering

Well, I finally met Lauren Sarabia — you probably know her, a Locally Delicious Heirloom Tomato, educating us all about local food and how wonderful it is!  You probably also know she has a catering company — aptly named Comfort of Home Catering.  Sharing food and comfort is important for Lauren — and as a caterer she also understands many of the challenges of incorporating local food.  Hosting an event soon?  Keep in mind the story behind the food, always best when eating something locally produced by caring hands!  Find out more about her catering business by going to the website of Comfort of Home Catering.

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Lauren Sarabia, Jewish food traditions and kosher food law

My first confusions (and there are many) about kosher food law came from my Jewish aunt — overhearing talk about volunteering at the Jewish Community Center and keeping the dairy and meat flat wear separate.  Huh?!  That part of my family lives far away, and her family doesn’t keep kosher (they refer to ham as “rare roast beef”) but I have often wished they lived closer so I could ask my many food questions — luckily Lauren Sarabia from Temple Beth El stepped in for an interview — we talked about some of my favorite Jewish foods, many of which originated in Eastern Europe — but also about how Jews have traveled throughout the world changing our idea of what “traditional” Jewish food is.

Find out more about Temple Beth El in Eureka.

Listen to the interview here.