Author: Eva Laporte

Get In the Winter Spirit(s)

Imagine walking into a Shabbat dinner and be offered a delicious warm cocktail. You’d immediately shake off that cold winter weather, ease into the relaxing Shabbat spirit and be ready to meet and greet friends. [...]
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HostHack: Whole Foods Edition

You’re creating a Shabbat dinner on the OneTable platform (Yes! Go you!), and you are ready to select your nourishment. You see Whole Foods is an option. Too expensive! You might think to yourself. How [...]
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Nourishing All Your Guests: A Vegan, Gluten-Free Shabbat Dinner

Hosting can be one of the most meaningful things we do to build our community. We invite new friends to our tables, we share stories, indulge in vibrant conversations, and eat delicious food. But sometimes [...]
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Creating a Space (literally) for Shabbat

Summer in Chicago is always a little hectic. The entire city forgets about subzero temperatures and indulges in outdoor concerts, walking on Lake Shore Drive, fireworks at Navy Pier, and WARM WEATHER. We love warm [...]
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Jake Cohen’s Shabbat Dinner Series | Persian Feast

Jake Cohen is a nice Jewish boy who loves food. He studied at the Culinary Institute of America, then worked the line at NYC institutions DANIEL and ABC Kitchen before transitioning out of restaurants and [...]
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Moment of Clarity

(Alternative Titles: Shabbatwithmeyouknowigotit, The Allure of Shabbat, 99 Problems but Shabbat Ain’t One) “Set your intention.” - Jay-Z, December 5, 2017, United Center, Chicago, IL Last month, a friend of mine and I went to [...]
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Bus One-Oh-Fun: A Tale of Two Birthright Shabbats

By Marissa Freeman, OneTable Chicago Hub Manager Last time I wrote a piece about Shabbat on Birthright, I was back from an incredible 10-days with Bus 24, as a participant. This time, I’m coming with [...]
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‘Ono* NOSHes Served Daily

Our (Hawaiian) Chicago Hub Manager shares what the Aloha Spirit means and how everyone can bring a bit more of it to their Shabbat table. When you get off the plane at Honolulu International Airport, a [...]
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Oh, the Pasta-bilities…

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” - Federico Fellini One of my favorite things about hosting is setting the scene. I get such nachas (pride/gratification) from creating an environment that people can walk [...]
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