Center For Kosher Culinary Arts - Ckca, Co-sponsors Brooklyn Seminar On Advantages Of Kosher Certification

New York City, January 13, 2014 - The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (CKCA) in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce are launching 2014's "Brooklyn Eats" seminar series with a panel discussion entitled "Kosher Made Easy" geared for food and beverage manufacturers. The seminar--the first of it's kind in Brooklyn--will take attendees through a basic primer on what kosher means and explore the business opportunities that attaining kosher certification can lead to. Specific topics to be covered include; the benefits of getting kosher supervision; details of the certification process; the costs involved in acquiring kosher supervision and how to market a kosher supervised product to distributors, retailers and customers.

CKCA's Brooklyn based kosher professional culinary and pastry arts school, the only one of its kind in the United States, is committed to training and educating future kosher chefs and food manufacturers in order to support the ongoing growth and development of the kosher food market world-wide. The Director of CKCA, Jesse Blonder will be moderating the panel.

The distinguished panel will include rabbinical supervisors from the Orthodox Union's (OU) Kosher Division, kosher marketing guru and president of Lubicom Marketing Menachem Lubinsky, and Jacob Rusanov, Category Director of kosher foods for KeHE Distributors. The OU is widely considered to be the world's most recognized and trusted kosher certification with the iconic OU symbol appearing on 60% of America's kosher certified foods. Menachem Lubinsky founded the kosher industry's leading tradeshow "Kosherfest" 25 years ago and Jacob Rusanov of KeHE, has spent over 20 years in a career dedicated to all segments of kosher food including retail, manufacturing, sales, brokerage and distribution.

The kosher food industry is no longer just a niche market serving Jewish people who keep kosher. Kosher food is now consumed nationwide by people from various backgrounds, many of whom perceive it as being of a better quality and higher integrity due to kosher certification. This growing demand is reflected by the current volume of products supervised by the OU-a whopping 500,000 products manufactured in 83 countries. According to Lubicom Marketing, the dollar value of kosher ingredients sold in the United States is now valued at $370,000,000,000 with an average annual growth rate of 10-15% (from 2005 to 2010).

The Brooklyn Chamber, whose mission is to serve and support Brooklyn based industry, is offering this seminar in recognition of the kosher food industry's undeniable growth. Brooklyn is now home to a growing number of small to mid sized food & beverage manufacturers and eateries, many of whose products may be eligible for kosher certification.

Food manufacturers, restauranteurs and chefs are highly encouraged to attend this seminar in order to explore business and networking opportunities.

The event will take place on January 22, 2014 from 8:30AM - 10:AM at Industry City, 237 37th Street in Sunset Park. Space is limited and
preregistration is required.

The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (CKCA) of Brooklyn, New York, is the worldwide destination for those seeking culinary education in an uncompromised kosher environment. Over 450 students have traveled to study at CKCA from all across the US and from countries as far away as Australia, Panama, Mexico, the UK, Italy and Canada. CKCA is currently the only kosher cooking school in the United States, offering career training in culinary and pastry arts. CKCA's commitment to excellence in Kosher Culinary Arts is reflected this year's addition of sixty hours of training to the existing curriculum thus providing more hands on time than the most