Since 1986, brothers Jacques, Albert
and Sami Capsouto, the three men behind New York’s Capsouto
Frères Restaurant, have served an annual Passover dinner
in their restaurant. A local cantor leads the Seder, and all
proceeds from the dinner go directly to the American Jewish
Joint Distribution Committee, an organization dedicated to
serving the needs of Jews throughout the world.
Leek and Zucchini Frittatas
Salmon with Warm Vinaigrette
and Cheese Mina
The traditional Seder plate is offered,
complete with homemade charoset, a mixture of fruit,
nuts and spices ground together and mixed with wine. The brothers,
of Turkish-Jewish origin, serve vegetable frittatas and mina
– recreations of the Passover dishes that their mother
and grandmother made for them while growing up in Cairo. They
also serve poached salmon and flourless brownies – not
exactly the food of their heritage, but definite crowd pleasers.
The brothers round out the menu with string beans baked in
a tomato-garlic sauce and stewed okra. Assorted sorbets are
offered with the cookies for dessert.