About Us

The Gefilteria is a new kind of food venture launched in 2012 with the mission of reimagining eastern European Jewish cuisine, adapting classic dishes to the values and tastes of a new generation.

We’re the people with the chutzpah to believe that Old World Jewish foods can be beautiful, inspiring and delicious. We produce limited runs of our signature artisanal gefilte fish in the spring and the fall. While don’t have a storefront, we’re regularly cooking a wide range of Jewish foods from the Ashkenazi – central and eastern European Jewish – culinary tradition, for unique dining events. Along the way, we’re looking to inspire others to reimagine and rediscover this incredible cuisine in their home kitchens.

Oh, and it’s pronounced ge·filte·ria, like a taqueria but with gefilte fish instead of tacos.

Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern

The Team

Liz Alpern, Co-Founder

Liz Alpern’s career in food is driven by her passion for bringing people together. Based in Brooklyn, Liz travels around the globe as a cook, recipe tester, educator and entrepreneur. Alpern holds an MBA from Baruch College and is a faculty member in the Culinary Entrepreneurship Program at the International Culinary Center in NYC as well as a consultant for Fair Food Network. Liz co-authored The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods along with Jeffrey Yoskowitz. She been featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for food and wine and was named one of the Forward 50 for 2016. Liz is also the creator of national fundraising party, Queer Soup Night.

Jeffrey Yoskowitz, Co-Founder & Chief Pickler

Jeffrey Yoskowitz is a leader of the Jewish Food Renaissance as an entrepreneur, writer, pickler and cookbook author. He curates and cooks dining events in kitchens around the world, teaches about Jewish cooking and Jewish food heritage and writes about food and culture for publications like The AtlanticThe New York TimesSlate, and Gastronomica, among others. Jeffrey co-authored The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods along with Liz Alpern. He was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list and The Forward 50 and has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Saveur, and The Wall Street Journal, among many other publications.

Jackie Lilinshtein, Co-Founder

Jackie was a founding partner in The Gefilteria, drawing inspiration from her Russian family’s ethnic food traditions.