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Naz Deravian’s tahdig is full of crunchy, buttery goodness. Photo by Eric Wolfinger.
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Smoked brisket is a popular dish year-round but during Rosh Hashanah,
wet brisket is a tradition with deep cultural roots. Photo via Meathead Goldwyn.
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Vicki Fan Matsusaka is the executive chef of The Gables, a stylish all-day cafe that recently opened near Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. This time of the year she’s looking for fresh grapes for her restaurant’s chicken salad—and no joke, she recommends roasting them for maximal flavor. Laura Avery also speaks with farmer Jay Scott about the several varieties of grapes he grows at Scott Farms in Dinuba.
Chef Jordan Kahn of Vespertine. Photo by Christopher Ho.
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