a different take on dinner and a show

Watch & Nosh Events

Nosh and Watch Bay Area 20237:00-9:30 pm
Tickets must be purchased in advance

Taste the on-screen action; sample the depicted foods; go beyond the Ashkenormative and learn about Jewish and Israeli culture in this new take on "dinner and a show." There’s Jewish and Israeli TV everywhere: from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Transparent to Shtisel and The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, many of these Jewish stories are rich, relatable and nuanced. And what would Jewish stories be without food? At Watch and Nosh, we’re feeding your mind and body: we’ll watch TV clips of Jewish stories which feature food in a supporting role and feast on the foods we see on-screen. Go beyond bagels to burekasim, beyond gefilte fish to stuffed grape leaves — get a taste for how diverse Jewish stories and Jewish food culture can be.

Aliza Grayevsky Somekh, a Bay Area based Israeli chef and food history enthusiast, teams up with Esther Kustanowitz, a Los-Angeles-based expert in the increase of Jewish portrayals on the small screen: together, they will present clips from TV and film and the Jewish foods that do—or should—accompany these scenes.


The Hosts

Esther Kustanowitz

Writer and Podcast Host

Esther D. Kustanowitz is an award-winning writer and podcast host. She is a TV columnist at J: The Jewish News of Northern California, and co-hosts The Bagel Report, a podcast now produced by the J. and exploring Jewish representation and identity in popular culture. She also examines the increase of Jewish content on TV through her #TVGoneJewy project and has been known to talk about the religious overtones of Star Wars and various Marvel projects. She is a contributing editor at eJewishPhilanthropy, and has freelanced for The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), The New York Jewish Week, The Forward, GrokNation.com, ModernLoss, Haaretz and Hadassah Magazine, among others.
The Bagel Report

Aliza Grayevsky Somekh

Founder and Chef, Bishulimsf.com

Aliza is an eighth-generation Jerusalemite. Raised in the kitchens of Jerusalem, she grew up cooking and eating everything the city's streets and markets had to offer. Growing up in Jerusalem makes her intimately familiar with Jerusalem's culinary collision of flavors and cultures. It is that 'best of all worlds' touch that she tries to bring into her cooking.

Covenant Winery

Covenant Winery is a family-run, boutique winery located in Berkeley. Sourcing grapes for its 8,000-case annual production from some 20 vineyards stretching from Santa Barbara to Napa and Sonoma, Covenant produces  minimal interventionist wines showcasing the unique terroirs of the growing regions in California. We are proud to partner with and host Watch and Nosh and invite you back to our outdoor cozy tasting patio to enjoy a glass or flight of wines and get a taste of California wines in Berkeley!


BaBoo is a carefully curated collection of handcrafted objects from artisans around the world. Since 2013 we’ve served the retail and trade communities in the Bay Area, sharing our unique products as well as the stories and creators behind them. Our showroom aims to host and inspire all guests, so enjoy. 

In Collaboration With

This event has been made possible by these sponsors

UpStartBaboo SFCovenant WinesBishulim SFBagel Report#TVGoneJewyJ. The Jewish News of Northern California