Coming in just two days…it’s the food holiday you’ve been waiting for.
That’s right, National Deli Month is back on August 1. For 31 days, New York-style delis across the country are joining together to celebrate their heritage for the third-annual salute to chopped liver, corned beef, blintzes, pickled herring and the culture around them.
Founded in Houston in 2016 by Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurant owner/delimaven Ziggy Gruber (two locations serving massive portions – West University and Post Oak Boulevard), who worked in collaboration with Jay Parker, owner of Ben’s Best Deli in Rego Park, New York, the month was designated to celebrate the great American heritage of New York-style delicatessens – plus raise money for charitable organizations in all their communities. In 2017, the number of participating delis and locations included more than 30 on both coasts, as well as cities in between.
In 2015, a national documentary film “Deli Man” raised the alarm on how delicatessens, an integral part of every Jewish community in the first half of the 20th Century, are rapidly disappearing. Since then, more have closed, including the 67-year-old Time Deli in San Jose, California; the famed Carnegie Deli, open since 1937 in New York; the 51-year-old Jack’s Deli in Philadelphia; Lenny’s Deli on Baltimore’s Corned Beef Row; and, most telling of all for National Deli Month, Ben’s Best will have closed its doors by the time this year’s National Deli Month begins.
But delimavens everywhere are uniting again to bring renewed attention to their unique and truly American businesses by celebrating National Delicatessen Month each August. Delis across the country offer special three-course, prix fixe menus that not only provide a chance to try a number of outstanding traditional deli dishes, but also raise money for a chosen charity in each community.
For locations, menus and charities, visit www.delimonth.com. And check out what’s on the menu at www.kennyandziggys.com.