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Exhibition Opening Program: “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli

October 22, 2023 @ 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

holocaustStories are often as told dryly as a turkey sandwich. The story of immigration in the late 19th and 20th centuries and the rise of fusion food in America, however, is as mouthwatering and tantalizing as your favorite delicatessen menu.

For many Holocaust Survivors who came to the United States, the Jewish deli became intertwined with culture and history while serving as a lifeline. More than a place to get a meal, the Jewish deli grew into a community forged in food, with imported and adapted traditions that created a uniquely American restaurant. The Museum’s newest special exhibition, “‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’: The Jewish Deli,” explores this story and reveals how Jewish delicatessens became a cornerstone of American food culture.

Join us for the exhibition’s opening program featuring Naomi Waxman, reporter for Eater Chicago, go-to source for food and restaurant enthusiasts; and Dylan Maysick, co-founder of Diaspora Dinners, a Chicago-based dinner series exploring the history and cuisines of the Jewish diaspora.

Members: Free; Non-Members: Museum Admission

Register online: https://ihm.ec/deliopening

“‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’: The Jewish Deli” is organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California. Illinois Holocaust Museum’s presentation of the exhibition is made possible with generous support from:

Once upon A Bagel Family of Restaurants

Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation
Golder Family Foundation
Lindsey A. Lopatin and the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations
Women’s Board of Illinois Holocaust Museum

Mitchell Kaufman in memory of Danny Wolf
Paul Langer and Judith Frank

Eli’s Cheesecake
Mark and Michelle Grossmann and Katten
Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants
Carol and Larry Levy
Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen
Mark and Lisa Pinsky

Image: Schneider Deli, Chicago, Courtesy of Jake and Ariel Schneider, photography by Tim McCoy.



October 22, 2023
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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