Thursday May 12, 2011
Also, we continue to listen to you, our valued kosher consumers and always make time to answer your questions. We appreciate that you take a precious moment to ask, and we endeavour to respond with accurate and relevant information - the bottom line is we place your queries at the top of our To Do list and once again, in this edition of Kosher KApers, we have answers for you, so settle back, enjoy a warm cup of coffee and join us in Kosher Land.
This week, we are so happy to continue our conversation with you about all-things-kosher around town. We are excited to profile Katzimoto Sushi, which, as you may have guessed from the name, offers our community kosher Japanese cuisine and is positively delicious.
Let’s face it, whether you are in downtown Tokyo or sunny Sydney, producing quality Japanese fare is an art that demands exacting standards. It is safe to say that the team at Katzimoto Sushi, headed by Jonathan Netz, has truly perfected this (see images below). Katzimoto Sushi is based in Our Big Kitchen and is a unique, fabulous service addition to our kosher landscape. Jonathan’s mastery and skill is evident in every platter of sashimi and every vegetarian Hosomaki (the wide rolls with seaweed on the outside). And if you are celebrating a function and opt for Katzimoto’s Decorated Sushi Bar, well, it is a visual as well as a gastronomical wonder!
Jonathan has many years experience in this culinary art form and ran a very similar business in Israel, prior to embarking on his Australian adventure. Jonathan’s passion and pride in what Katzimoto has to offer is evident, “I am so excited to show the Jewish community here and beyond that it is possible to produce amazing kosher Japanese food that is both elegant and appetising!”
Katzimoto’s range is impressive and the Katzimoto Team has successfully catered many joyous functions: birthday parties, engagements, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and more. Another branch of the business revolves around the Katzimoto Kosher Sushi Workshops, offering an unforgettable experience with a Sushi Master, who takes participants on a Japanese journey. Whether you have held a Sushi knife before (and let’s be honest, not all of us have), there is a workshop for you: Beginners, Advanced or Mastery, which, in addition to preparing more complex sushi rolls, also includes fruit and vegetable carving.
Katzimoto’s relationship with the KA is echoed in Jonathan’s passionate words “From day one of establishing Katzimoto Sushi, Rabbi Groner has been a positive presence in our world. I feel it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to work with him – a knowledgeable man of his word. There is a great chemistry between us and I honestly count Rabbi Groner as a true and helpful friend.” We just love that Katzimoto Sushi also offers a unique children’s birthday party format: Make-Your-Own-Sushi Party! Yes, Jonathan and his crew will bring all kosher ingredients and teach kids from nine years old and above.
If having read the above feature has put you in a Japanese state of mind, don’t fret if there isn’t an upcoming function on your family calendar, the good news is that Katzimoto Sushi accepts private orders, and offer both pickup from OBK, or home delivery options. For all details, contact Jonathan on 0414 894 519, via email:
, or visit their Facebook page ‘Katzimoto Kosher Sushi’.
Well, it’s Sayonara to kosher Japanese food for now and an Aussie G’day to the KA’s product news. We are delighted to inform you that the KA has certified two new products by Woolworths Select: Macadamia Roasted and Salted Nuts, and Raw Macadamia Kernels, both available in 500 gram bags. Versatile, delicious and positioned at a fair price point – enjoy!
We also wanted to let you know that three new cooking oils are now certified mehadrin and pareve: Healthy Baker Blended Vegetable Oil and Canola Oil; Krisprite Blended Vegetable Oil, and Manildra Gold Canola Oil. Note, these must feature our Diamond KA hechsher (). You asked about the sizes available for purchasing the above. We can tell you that the smallest size is the 4 litre container, going up to 15 litres, with the largest at 20 litres. These larger sizes lend themselves more to restaurants, retail catering and manufacturers and are available at Campbell’s Cash & Carry and Manildra Food Service.
Listed in our KA Product Directory you will find five varieties of Ryvita Wholegrain Rye Crispbread (pat palter). These are only acceptable when the label states “Made in England by the Ryvita Co. Ltd., Dorsett or Biggleswades”, please note, these now bear the London Beth Din hechsher (). Thanks for inquiring about the kashrut status of a similar English product found here in Australia, Ryvita Crackerbread. We have liaised with the London Beth Din and they have informed us that at this time, Ryvita Crackerbread is no longer a kosher product, as insufficient information about ingredients has been released for kashrut status to be awarded. We will let you know if this changes.
Similarly, you inquired about whether the Côte d’or Milk Chocolate Bouchées were kosher. Thanks for your question; again, the London Beth Din has determined that at this time, the company has not released enough information about the product make up to grant a kosher seal of approval. Should this change, we will advise immediately.
Here at the KA office, we smiled when we received a question about ice blocks at this time of year. After all, we have warm soup on the boil, but we are still more than happy to answer your question! Okay, Nestlé produce the Larry’s Lemonade Icy Poles that are kosher and available in a Multi Pack. Nestlé also make Raspberry Icy Poles and combine several of these with Lemonade Icy Poles in one box, which they call a Variety Pack. At this time, we want to let you know that when the ingredients of the Raspberry Icy Poles were investigated, there were some colouring concerns, and therefore were not deemed kosher. So for now, should you wish to purchase Nestlé Icy Poles, stick to the Lemonade flavour in the Multi Pack, and give the Variety Pack a miss. Or just come on over and enjoy hot soup with us .
We know that having the KA hechsher () on packaging is helpful and we are currently striving to add this to as many products as possible. For example, you will now find our KA hechsher on boxes of Golden Falafel, certified mehadrin and available in three flavours: Original, Sesame, and Walnut (found at Harris Farm).
Stay tuned for our next edition of Kosher KApers, coming to you just before Shavuot, we’ll be talking pizza, milchig treats and so much more!
Shabbat Shalom and we hope you enjoyed a chag sameach over Yom Ha’atzmaut.
The KA Team