Celebrating Israeli cuisine at Lula by Darna

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A delicious Israeli salad tempts the senses.

A delicious Israeli salad tempts the senses.

The exotic flavors of the in Middle East are embodied Israeli cuisine. Those who want to experience these fabulous regional dishes should attend the Israeli Gourmet Cuisine Gastronomic Festival that will take place from Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2 at Lula by Darna restaurant located on Calle 55 at Ave Samuel Lewis in Plaza Obarrio. Dishes carry a cost of $16 and up.

The gastronomic festival is part of the celebrations surrounding the 65 years since the foundation of the State of Israel. The Israeli Embassy invites Panamanians and visitorsto experience the gastronomic face of their country through the creations of renowned Israeli chefs; Avi Barak and Ayelet Vahnish Gal.

Israel’s culinary traditions comprise foods and cooking methods that span three thousand years of history. Over that time, these traditions have been shaped by influences from Asia, Africa and Europe with religious and ethnic influences resulting in a culinary melting pot. Biblical and archaeological records provide insight into the culinary life of the region as far back as 968 BC, in the days of the kings of ancient Israel.

Before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and particularly since the late 1970s, an Israeli Jewish fusion cuisine has developed, that has adopted, and continues to adapt, elements of various styles of Jewish cuisine, particularly the Mizrahi, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi styles of cooking.

Foods such as falafel, hummus, shakshouka, couscous, and za’atar are now thought to be synonymous with Israeli cuisine. The festival will also feature a range of exquisite Israeli wines. “Beteavon!” – bon appetit in Hebrew. For more information about the festival call the Embassy of Israel at 208-4700 or Lula by Darna Restaurant 209-4820.