The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU welcomed hundreds of guests to the annual Purim Pairings event on March 7 at Emanuel Luxury Venue South Beach, in the heart of the Art Deco District.

Brad Kilgore, Sam Gorenstein, Aaron Brooks, & Allen Susser

The celebrity chefs this year were: Brad Kilgore (Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef 2016” of Alter restaurant), Aaron Brooks (of Four Seasons EDGE Steak & Bar), and Sam Gorenstein (of My Ceviche).

 Jacob Solomon (President & CEO of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation), Susan Gladstone (Acting Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU), Elaine Bloom (Florida House of Representatives), Senator Richard Stone (former Ambassador to Denmark and former Ambassador at Large to Central America), and Elliot Stone (FIU Foundation)

Allen Susser, Sam Gorenstein, & Linda Gassenheimer

Each of these celebrity chefs created and prepared on-stage for the audience their unique course of an elegant four course, kosher meal. Each course was paired with a kosher wine from wine merchant Mike Bittel of Sunset Corners.

Allen Susser, Sam Gorenstein & Linda Gassenheimer


Allen Susser, Linda Gassenheimer, & Michael Bittel

Judy Rosenblum, Jenni Person, Patty Taxman Craven, & Chaim Lieberperson

The museum’s Acting Director, Susan Gladstone, introduced Chef Allen Susser and food editor Linda Gassenheimer (co-hosts of Purim Pairings). Guests included arts luminaries, community leaders and cultural influencers such as Elaine Bloom, Dan Gelber, Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Richard Stone, Tibor Hollo, Danny and Merle Weiss, Jacob Solomon, and Ira Giller. Proceeds benefited the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, part of Florida International University.

About the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU serves as a major cultural attraction and source of information for a wide audience of residents, tourists, students and scholars of all ages and backgrounds from throughout the state, nation, and the world. Located in a former synagogue that housed Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation, the museum’s restored 1936 Art Deco building and 1929 original synagogue are both on the National Register of Historic Places.