Toronto on rye

One of the city’s first mul­ti­cul­tural food ex­pe­ri­ences could be had in 1900 at a Jewish del­i­catessen

Thornhill Post - - Classyfieds -

Toronto has long been hailed as one of the mul­ti­cul­tural cap­i­tals of the world, and res­i­dents have ben­e­fited in many ways, but per­haps none quite so sat­is­fy­ing as the ar­ray of restau­rants and food shops cel­e­brat­ing cul­ture after de­li­cious cul­ture.

And one of Toronto’s first mul­ti­cul­tural eater­ies was a mod­est Jewish del­i­catessen opened by Sam and Sarah Har­ris in 1900, near the in­ter­sec­tion of Queen and Sim­coe streets.The first Chi­nese café opened in 1901.

Since the Har­ris Del­i­catessen paved the way, there has been an abun­dance of delis to make sure the lo­cals get their fill of smoked meat sand­wiches and latkes.

Now, the mu­seum at Beth Tzedec Sy­n­a­gogue is host­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion called From Latkes to Laf­fas, cel­e­brat­ing the hum­ble deli, which opened last month and con­tin­ues un­til March 30, 2018.

Toronto artist Ian Leven­thal con­trib­uted six art pan­els to the ex­hi­bi­tion, which tracks Jewish mi­gra­tion in the city from the his­toric Ward neigh­bour­hood to Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket, even­tu­ally mov­ing north­ward through For­est Hill, North York and Thorn­hill, leav­ing a trail of de­li­cious pas­trami on rye sand­wiches in its wake.

There is also a slew of pho­tographs and other his­tor­i­cal ma­te­ri­als, pro­vid­ing a window into a unique part of Toronto.

There have been many mem­o­rable delis in the city, from the now-shut­tered Switzer’s and and Weltz’s, both former Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket-area sta­ples, to Moe Pancer’s orig­i­nal Bathurst out­post, to cur­rent long­time faves in­clud­ing the venerable Yitz’s on Eglin­ton Av­enue in For­est Hill and Centre Street Deli in Thorn­hill. To­day a new gen­er­a­tion led by Ca­plan­sky’s (and, newly, An­thony Rose’s Schmaltz Appetizing) tend to add their own own mod­ern touch.

The ex­hi­bi­tion also fea­tures guest talks in­clud­ing one by noted au­thor David Sax on Oct. 19 on Heymish & Hip: Eat­ing Jewish in Toronto. Take in the ex­hi­bi­tion then craft your own de­li­cious foodie tour.

L-R: The Har­ris Del­i­catessen, the city’s first, which dates back to 1900, and Fein­sod’s near Yonge and Charles

L-R: Switzer’s Deli on Spad­ina Av­enue north of Dun­das and Moe Pancer’s Del­i­catessen in North York

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