In November 2020 ‘Restaurants in Solidarity' launched its first pilot in Tel Aviv with the Abie restaurant, owned by Asaf and Yotam Doktor. The owners and the restaurant have a long standing culture of sustainability, they work with local produce and with high awareness of our environment. From the very beginning of the Covid Pandemic crisis a natural bond was created, based on similar values and joint solidarity efforts.
Every week since then, the participants of the ‘Abie community’ receive delicious nutritious meals thoughtfully prepared by the kitchen staff. In the first few months, while we were still under lockdown, Abie prepared about 1,000 meals weekly. For them, the program helped by bringing employees back to work from unemployment. The overall volume grew by 20%, and indirectly, the work with other suppliers grew as well. Once the restaurant opened after lockdown, it started working according to the Restaurants in Solidarity model and now continuously takes care of five families in Tel Aviv: a couple of seniors, two single parent homes and two asylum seekers families.
Restaurant community manager: Liran Chernov.
Chef Yuval Ben Neria’s Taizu restaurant, one of the best known, awarded and leading restaurants in Israel, joined the program in June 2021. Every week since then, the Taizu community of participating families receive indulging thoughtful meals directly from the high end, meticulous kitchen of Chef Jennifer Frgosen. The restaurant staff widened the circles of solidarity further by collaborating with leading suppliers such as: ‘Aleh’, ‘Yarookale’, ‘Pasta Ricco’ and more who contribute great produce that is sent to the families.
Restaurant community coordinator: Roni Rahamim.
Chef Sharon Cohen’s landmark restaurant joined the program in October 2021. Sheila, named after the owner’s beloved dog, is a well-rooted culinary institute in Tel Aviv’s nightlife. Since it first launched 16 years ago, it’s become one of the city’s favorite hotspots for foodies. Sharon Cohen, originally from Jerusalem, runs his kitchen with a Barcelona flair, with lots of laughs and carefully crafted refreshing dishes - charmingly spiced lovingly served. Chef Yaron Amar and a team of talented cooks are responsible for the weekly delivery of delicious meals prepared with attention and care for members of the program. Yaron even asked for the members’ birthdays, on which he plans to send a designed birthday cake made by his wife.
The famous and beloved Cafe Noir joined the program in November 2021 - a perfect anniversary gift for the program. Cafe Noir melds European class with Tel Avivian intimacy in a bistro-restaurant that’s become a home for many. Alongside their iconic Schnitzel, Cafe’s Noir’s menu offers well-known classics, alongside a specials menu, serving fresh dishes made from seasonal ingredients.
The original match between the program and the restaurant was made by Shaked Mazza, the restaurant’s employee, who initiated the connection. The restaurant’s management team followed with solidarity and lots of love: Noge Beige Basson, the CEO, Tula, the restaurant’s manager, Maor Sayag, the delivery chef, and Omri Megouri Cohen, the delivery restaurant manager.
Community liaison: Omri Megouri Cohen
George & John
The Bicicletta - a Tel Aviv food bar famous for its Mediterranean menu, managed by Avi Shir, Shani Marks and Or Harpak, were the first to join the program once lockdown was over and the restaurants opened in March 2021. The restaurant's chef, Rotem Levy, together with the kitchen manager Erez Harpak, built rich and diverse menus that were customized to their community of participants. The entire Bicicletta team rose up to the occasion and volunteered to take part, not only by cooking the meals, but also by transporting and caring for the packages until they reached families’ homes. Every week, the waitresses, bartenders and kitchen staff volunteer to meet the families and to deliver the food to their doorstep, sometimes for quick visit and a closer introduction to the families.
Casino San Remo
The friends in Casino San Remo were the second to join our program. They joined at the most challenging time for the Israeli restaurant industry, with the uncertainty of the lockdowns. Restaurant owners, Tal Ben Baruch and Alon Levy, together with Lirom Peretz and the kitchen staff: Elior Lagziel and Danny Reznik, met with our nutritionist and built a nutritious menu fit for a community of 60 participants. The restaurant prepared daily meals for the community for many weeks. In times of general uncertaintly and struggle, the support the Restaurants in Solidarity program received from the Casino group was essential - for the our team, and more importantly for the participants' families.
Restaurant community coordinator: Dudi Weizmann.