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Mar 8, 2011 08:18 AM

Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn's new Washington kosher deli

Called "Sixth & Rye" the kosher deli on wheels will be parked in front of the Sixth and I Street historic synagogue, on Fridays only. At least to start.

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  1. From the looks of the article, this looks to be more "kosher style" than kosher.

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    1. re: Beaconstreet

      Uh did we read the sane artixcle? iThe article says they will be serving Kosher food. I am just bummed it is not going to be around more days than just Fridays at first. I go to DC abiut once a month and woudl like to try it sometime. Only one time have I had Kosher food from a food truck and that was in philadelphia when there was a Kosher fallefel cart. It sounds rather interesting. I hope it works out.

      1. re: Prettypoodle

        yeah that's kosher reported about it

        Yesterday news broke in The Feast that Spike Mendelsohn, former star of Top Chef and owner of Good Stuff Eatery and We the Pizza will be opening a new Kosher food truck. There are several caveats to this exciting news, however:

        The Washington Va’ad has not been contacted to give certification.
        In the past, certification has been denied to those who own stake in non-Kosher establishments, which Spike does.
        The truck will only be open on Friday afternoons, a time slot inconvenient to most Sabbath-observing Jews.
        The truck will not be mobile, and will be parked outside the Sixth & I Synagogue. This synagogue is a Jewish center and does not have an affiliation with a particular movement. It does, however, require all events held inside to be Kosher.
        Incidentally, in December 2008, Chef Spike conducted a cooking demonstration at Sixth & I Synagogue, showcasing gourmet latkes. The audience was shocked to discover his secret ingredient: Jello. When asked why he was cooking with non-Kosher ingredients, Spike laughed off the complaints, claiming that this Jello was Kosher.

        This all seems to indicate that the truck will be, in all likelihood, Kosher-style instead of strictly Glatt Kosher. I’ve asked both Sixth & I Synagogue and Chef Spike to comment on the truck’s kashrut policy, however, I have not received word of their intentions.