Fans of traditional Jewish food can nosh on latkes, noodle kugel and chopped liver Sunday in Carmichael while also getting a preview of a highly anticipated delicatessen coming early next year to downtown Sacramento.
The 40th Sacramento Jewish Food Faire runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 10 at Congregation Beth Shalom at 4746 El Camino Ave. in Carmichael. Solomon’s Delicatessen – a Jewish deli named after Tower Records founder Russ Solomon and currently under construction in a former Tower store site at 730 K St. – will have a table at the festival.
The Solomon’s crew will take job applications and seek input regarding the deli, which is expected to open in February 2018. Solomon’s also will introduce a rye bread baked specifically for the deli by Davis’ The Upper Crust Baking Company. Loaves will go for $8 at the fair.
The food fair and deli are strongly connected. Current Jewish Food Faire co-chair Lydia Inghram and former co-chair Sheila Wolfe helped found Solomon’s.
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Before Upper Crust made what Wolfe calls “real Jewish corn rye” – with corn meal at the bottom and a “crackle crust” – Wolfe traveled to Canter’s in Los Angeles to get rye to sell at the annual Carmichael fair.
Though Citrus Heights has a Jewish deli – Bubbie’s Love on Sunrise Boulevard – Solomon’s will fill a niche in central Sacramento, currently missing a spot devoted to Jewish food.
At Sunday’s food fair, Solomon’s representatives will solicit ideas about what the deli should offer, Wolfe said.
“We are interested in hearing from the community about what they really have to have” in a deli, Wolfe said. The Solomon’s team has been working on a “very focused, fabulous menu,” Wolfe said, but food is only one aspect of a Jewish deli.
“It is (also) what it stands for – that sense of community,” she said.