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L.A. FOOD STORIES - Yala in partnership with Reboot

L.A. Food Stories

The taste of a grandmother’s recipe. The whiff of a familiar spice. The feeling of a traditional family dinner. Each sensation brings with it a unique recollection of the past or a marker of culture and identity. Here in Los Angeles, our Jewish communities are made up of a colorful — and delicious — mosaic of culinary heritages. Join YALA, in partnership with Reboot, as we explore the diversity of Jewish Los Angeles through food and storytelling. Hear three chefs — Sonya Sanford, Lenny Nourafchan, and Jennifer Stempel — explore their own Jewish food histories, taste their creations, and make your own food memories.

Thursday, June 29, at 7:00 pm
B/G/A (Bar & Garden Annex)
8558 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

$15 for one ticket
$20 for two tickets (online offer only)
Tickets include food and drink

Sonya Michelle Sanford is a chef, food stylist, and writer based out of Los Angeles. Sonya specializes in modern Jewish cooking and her culinary experiences include cheffing pop-up restaurants and private events, producing and food styling television shows and commercials, teaching Jewish cooking classes across LA, and opening up her home to large groups for Shabbat and holidays. As the child of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, her culinary education was deeply enriched by the cooks of her family who taught her everything from preserving and pickling, to gardening, to foraging, to making dishes that have been happily passed down for generations. You can find more about Sonya and her work at:

Jennifer Stempel freelances as a food and recipe writer and photographer, and is a frequent contributor to both Jewish and secular publications, including Woman’s Day, Pop Sugar, The Nosher, NBC Latino, as well as her personal blog, In addition to her work in the culinary space, Jennifer is a PJ Library Community Connector for Culver City, working with Jewish families with young children, and also facilitates the programming for the Jewish tweens in Los Angeles who participate in PJ Our Way. Prior to joining the PJ family, Jennifer enjoyed a career as a TV development executive, and worked with writers to create new programs.

YALA — Young Adults of Los Angeles — offers young adults ages 22-40 more than a hundred social, professional, cultural, volunteer, and leadership opportunities every year in one of the world’s most dynamic communities.

About Reboot: Inspired by Jewish ritual and embracing the arts, humor, food, philosophy, and social justice, Reboot affirms the value of Jewish traditions and creates new ways for people to make them their own. Read more here.

RuJuLA is a community of Russian-Speaking Jewish (RSJ) young professionals in Los Angeles. We're committed to fostering a vibrant, diverse, and meaningful community united by a common identity and desire to connect with our heritage.

The Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation Iranian Outreach endeavors to enrich the lives of Iranian young adults by offering inclusive opportunities for cross cultural leadership, engagement and opportunities for young Iranian Jewish Americans to actively support, lead, and grow the greater Los Angeles Jewish community.


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