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The Neighborhood presents: An Introduction to Matbucha with NY Shuk

  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Wednesday October 19, 2022
  • Demo Kitchen | Ace Hotel Brooklyn

Join Ron and Leetal Arazi, aka NY Shuk, for an interactive class introducing matbucha – a jammy, North African tomato condiment.


Join Ron and Leetal Arazi, the husband-and-wife team behind NY Shuk, for an interactive class introducing their newest product: a jammy, North African tomato condiment called matbucha.

Ron and Leetal will share the history and cultural significance of matbucha (plus some stories from Ron’s Moroccan-Israeli family!), then teach you how to put the North African power condiment to use in three dishes: a Chicken & Chickpea Stew with Matbucha and Saffron, Roasted Eggplant with Matbucha and Tahini, and Grilled Halloumi with Matbucha.

NY Shuk is a Brooklyn-based company that makes handcrafted Middle Eastern pantry staples. From their chili-spiked harissa and zesty zaatar, to their briny preserved lemons, NY Shuk has been spicing up people’s dinner plates since 2012.

Doors open at 6:30pm

This event is part of a collaborative series between Demo Kitchen by Ace Hotel and The Neighborhood that has been curated by Leah Koenig, food writer and author of six cookbooks including The Jewish Cookbook and Modern Jewish Cooking.


The Neighborhood is working to build a Jewish community and cultural center for the North/Central Brooklyn Jewish communities that will be an inclusive and welcoming community hub that reflects the spirit of Brooklyn — future-thinking and deeply historical, iconoclastic, and sacred. As we look for our physical location, we are excited to be working in collaboration with friends and organizations throughout Brooklyn on pop-up activities around the Jewish calendar, food traditions, and cultural events highlighting the creativity and diversity of Jewish life in our neighborhoods.


A well-appointed canvas for culinary and community engagement, Demo Kitchen by Ace Hotel is a locus of epicurean culture — dedicated to cooking, connection and above all, community. A light-filled space with floor to ceiling windows, Demo Kitchen features an induction cooking station from Kaliber Innovations, an array of state-of-the-art audiovisual production equipment, and is furnished with custom oak classroom and dining tables crafted by Finnish furniture design collective Made By Choice. Demo Kitchen has capacity for 96 people and is also available for private rental.

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