About Us

ABOUT 

We launched The Gefilteria with a manifesto and the goal to reimagine Old World Jewish cuisine, adapting Eastern European Jewish classics to the values and tastes of our generation. We plan unique dining experiences around the country and lead talks and demos on Jewish food traditions. We also produce our signature artisanal gefilte fish on a seasonal basis, as well as various other gourmet products for special events. You can find our retail products online and in gourmet markets. 

 

The Team 

Liz Alpern, co-founder

Liz is an experienced cook, food writer and event planner. She worked with national non-profit Fair Food Network over the last two years, organizing the development aspects of the organization and coordinating a multi-city book tour for Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All. She got her start in the Jewish food world working with acclaimed cookbook author Joan Nathan and developed her passion for street food making Banh Mi on the Rebel Heroes Sandwich Truck. She is co-writing a narrative cookbook on Old World Jewish cuisine with Jeffrey Yoskowitz called The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods (Flatiron Books, 2016).

 

Jeffrey Yoskowitz, co-founder

Jeffrey is a food entrepreneur, pickler and food writer. He grew up visiting New York’s finest Jewish food institutions and has written about all facets of Jewish food for magazines and newspapers. He trained as a pickler at Adamah foods where he fell in love with the art of lacto-fermentation and has worked in the food world as an entrepreneur and a consultant for small businesses. He is co-writing a narrative cookbook on Old World Jewish cuisine with Liz Alpern called The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods (Flatiron Books, 2016).

 

Jackie Lilinshtein, co-founder

Jackie helped launch The Gefilteria in 2012, drawing inspiration from her Russian family's ethnic food traditions.