Whether you’re craving some authentic Israeli eats or a foodie who’s found her paradise in the Philly restaurant scene,  I have the perfect event for you: Monday November 5, CookNSolo restaurant group owners Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook will be coming to Penn Hillel. Their group owns Zahav, Goldie, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, Federal Donuts, and The Rooster. Zahav, for those missing out, is an Israeli restaurant that landed on Eater Philadelphia’s list of 38 essential restaurants as “creative, affordable, and easy to fall in love with,” among other restaurant lists and awards. 

In a moderated panel and book signing, Solomonov and Cook will be discussing their new book, Israeli Soul. Published in October 2018, the book is purported to collect the recipes that represent the “soul” of Israeli cuisine. Their discoveries include a five minute hummus, falafel and pita, vegetable salads, and more. To find them, Solomonov and Cook “scoured bustling cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, and sleepy towns on mountaintops. They visited bakeries, juice carts, beaches, even weddings.” Now that’s what I call dedication.

In case you’re still not convinced, I’ll give you one last reason to attend: free food. Goldie—also owned by CookNSolo—will be served at this event (not Zahav, but still Middle Eastern!). If you, like me, are out of dining dollars and tired of eating the same thing at Hill everyday, come enjoy some free falafel and listen to two renowned chefs speak about your favorite topic: food.

Books will be sold at the event, and the event will include a signing.

RSVP to the Facebook event here. Entry is free for Penn students, and $18 for community members.