SCRANTON — Succulent pastrami or a corned beef sandwich piled high with a side of kosher dills. Savory stuffed cabbage or fresh, to-die-for rye bread. If you’ve ever wondered what makes the best and most authentic deli, down to the perfect mustard choice, your question is about to be answered at the presentation of ‘The Deli Man,’ a documentary film that will tantalize taste buds and give an inside view of the pleasures of pure, unadulterated deli food.
The free film, which interweaves historical footage with the real lives of modern day delis in North America, including appearances by Larry King and Jerry Stiller, is scheduled to be shown at 11:30 a.m. Sunday April 17 at Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Road. A discussion and question and answer session with the producer, director and writer of the film Erik Greenberg Anjao will follow.
Afterwards, hungry film-goers are invited to partake in a deli lunch that will be served and catered by Scranton’s own, Abe’s Deli. Reservations are required for the deli lunch, which costs $10. Lunch reservations are due by Monday, April 11.
Delicatessen has a long history starting out as the food of immigrants. The first influx of German immigrants in the 1830s and 1840s sought familiar tasting and sounding food and they found it in the delicatessen. By 1931 there were thousands of delicatessens dotting every corner of New York’s five boroughs. Today there are only about 150 authentic Jewish delis in North America. Some of the famous names are Canter’s, Ziggy’s, Katz’s, Wolfie’s and Grubers.
The film showing is sponsored by the Oppenheim Institute. For ticket information or to make a reservation for the deli lunch, call Temple Hesed at 570-344-7201 or email TempleHesed@comcast.com.