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Kentucky vs Long Island at Masbia’s Chop Hunger IV

New York, NY – On Wednesday, February 8th, two culinary worlds will come together for one purpose. Restaurateur Micah Seavers, who got involved with the Masbia Relief Team in the aftermath of the tornado that ripped through Kentucky in December 2021, will come to New York City and contrast his cooking against long-time Masbia volunteer and cookbook author, Naomi Ross.


2017 Chop hunger III L-R Itta Werdiger (2017 Winner), Melinda Strauss (MC), Naomi Nachman Masbia board Co-Chair. (1)
At the Union Square Green Market at the end of a successful food rescue Naomi and Steve Ross and the their two children can be seen on the left (1)

Naomi Ross and Micah Seavers, will each present six of their favorite dishes paired with selected wines, at a beautiful event hosted by Digital Content Creator, Melinda Strauss, while showing their techniques and discussing their food heritage.

Chop hunger IV will raise funds to help feed the needy at the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, where event MC, Melinda Strauss, who has been a long-time Masbia supporter through many of her endeavors, such as her famous annual Jewish Food Media Conferences and her personal birthday fundraisers.

Chop Hunger 2015 table of Judges L-R Emcee Avi Levy (Standing), Food Writer Liza Schoenfein, Shifra Klein is the EIC of Fleishigs, Naftali Hanau CEO at Grow & Behold
During the Tornado Relief 2021 visit inside Southern Red’s BBQ L-R Micah Seavers his father evangelist Fred Seavers and Alexander Rapaport

“This new upscale take on the Chop Hunger event has two very notable, new features”, said Alexander Rapaport, Executive Director of Masbia. “All of the onstage participants have worked in the trenches with Masbia to feed the needy and it’s not a buffet event, but a high-end, gourmet experience.”

Getting Trailer loads supplies in to the farm tractors garage during Kentucky tornado relief 2021 L-R Alexander Rapaport, Micah Seavers

Micah Seavers, whose family has been in the restaurant business since he was 12 years old, turned their current restaurant, Southern Red’s BBQ & Catering, into a relief center immediately after the historic tornado of December 2021 due to the restaurant’s proximity to the tornado’s path of destruction. A few days later, the Masbia Relief Team arrived from NYC with much needed equipment and supplies, led by Rabbi Simon Taylor of the Orthodox Union and Naomi Nachman, cookbook author and Co-Chair of the Masbia board. Micah will bring his non-kosher, southern, culinary skills to New York on February 8th when he will present the kosher version of his dishes.

Donatebalance of nature-image-329464 size-large" src="" alt="" width="696" height="464" srcset=" 1024w, 600w, 300w, 768w, 1536w, 2048w, 696w, 1068w, 1920w, 630w, 450w, 310w, 150w" sizes="(max-width: 696px) 100vw, 696px" /> L-R Naomi Ross, cookbook author, Simi Ganzfried senior associate at Masbia preping fruits to feed the needy at the Jewish Food Media Conference in 2017
Masbia Chef Ruben Diaz and Naomi Ross cooking at Masbia of Flatbush during Covid.

Cooking instructor, Naomi Ross, who recently debuted her first cookbook, The Giving Table, after many years of teaching home chefs of all ages, will juxtapose her kosher cooking skills and techniques against Micah’s. Naomi has been volunteering with Masbia’s head chef Ruben Diaz, taking part in food rescues at the Union Square Greenmarket, cooking hundreds of meals during COVID, sharing her recipes when needed, and helping with fundraising.

Micah Seavers tending the large smoker at Southern Reds BBQ & Catering
Micah Seavers working the griddle at Southern Reds BBQ & Catering
Naomi Ross and her son Mordechai packaging meals at Masbia of Flatbush during COVID.

While the live event will be exclusively for those who have purchased the extravagant, high-priced tickets, Chop Hunger will run a pop-up restaurant throughout the day for those who want a taste of the action beforehand or simply can’t make it to the event. They will be able to buy lunch or dinner from a select menu for take home or delivery in the borough of Manhattan. The newly renovated social hall at the West Side Institutional Synagogue will be buzzing with excitement as chefs and foodies prepare a 12-course meal where each dish will be served with award-winning wine after being showcased on stage.


Rabbi Shaul Robinson of Lincoln Square Synagogue at Masbia’s 2nd Chop Hunger
TikTok Creator Melinda Strauss preparing fruits to feed the needy at Masbia during the 2017 Jewish Food Media Conference.

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