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“FOOD, FAITH & CULTURE,” AN INTERFAITH SPECIAL, WILL BE BROADCAST SUNDAY, SEPT. 16, ON THE CBS TELEVISION NEYWORK
FOOD, FAITH & CULTURE, a CBS Interfaith Special, will be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 16 on the CBS Television Network. Please check your local station for exact time.
This program looks at the relationship between food and faith in three world religions: Judaism, Islam and Sikhism. These three traditions are rich and varied, and an interesting way to learn more about what they believe and why.
Our program meets with Moshe and Shana Wendel, the husband-and-wife team behind Pardes, an innovative kosher restaurant in Brooklyn, N.Y. Kosher food laws stem from the Old Testament, or Torah, which lay out what observant Jews can and cannot eat. Pardes serves kosher French food with a twist of Americana, a reflection of Chef Wendel’s training at well-regarded French restaurants. In the last five years, as the couple became more traditionally observant, they made the transition from non-kosher to kosher. In order to honor their faith tradition and professional aspirations, they opened their own kosher restaurant in 2010.
Yvonne Maffei, food writer, cook and founder of My Halal Kitchen.com, is also featured. Yvonne created the site as a way to share halal-friendly recipes and to help dispel myths around eating in accordance with Islamic law. For practicing Muslims everywhere there is a mandate to eat halal, or pure foods ordained for mankind by Allah (God) as written in the Qu’ran and Hadith, the holy books of Islam. In this country, halal is most commonly understood in the context of Middle Eastern food such as curries, kebabs or lamb stews known as haleem. Yvonne talks about how any dish can be adapted for halal including Italian, Mexican and Scandinavian, among others.
Within any Gurdwara or Sikh house of worship you will find a place where freshly prepared vegetarian food is served twice a day, seven days a week. It’s called a langar, or common kitchen. All the food is free and prepared by volunteers who chop, cook and serve the meals. The tradition dates back to the 15th century, when the religion was founded by Guru Nanak. This program visits the langar at the Sikh Cultural Society in Queens, N.Y., the oldest Gurdwara on the East Coast. We speak with Harpreet Singh Toor, one of the Gurdwara’s leaders, about the tradition and how serving others is a central tenet of the faith.
John P. Blessington is the executive producer and Liz Kineke is the producer. This documentary is produced in cooperation with the National Council of Churches, a consortium of Roman Catholic organizations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Union of Reform Judaism and the New York Board of Rabbis.