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QUINCY, Mass. -- Stop & Shop here made history -- as well as some delicious food -- at its first annual Long Island Chanukah Latke cook-off, held at a store in Woodbury, N.Y.
Teams from the Dix Hills Jewish Center in Suffolk Country and Temple Beth Elohim in Old Bethpage in Nassau County participated in the early-morning event, which took place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Gail Jospa and David Weiss represented The Dix Hills Jewish Center, while Susan Naftol and Doris Rosenfeld represented Temple Beth Elohim.
The results were so tasty all around that Dix Hills Jewish Center and Temple Beth Elohim were named Suffolk County champions and Nassau County champions, respectively.
Also on hand was Stop & Shop consumer advisor Andrea Astrachan, who whipped up sweet potato, chickpea, kofta, Sephardic-style, Asian, and sorrel latkes, over which attendees flipped.
According to company spokesman Howard Cannon, subsequent events may be held on a Sunday or in the evening, thereby attracting more participants. However, based on media coverage of the event, which was featured on local Cablevision station News12 (with participants’ recipes posted on the station’s Web site), Cannon expects “significant interest” for next year’s cook-off.