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The Center Plate - A Cultural Culinary Experience Presents Alon Shaya

The Center Plate creates a uniquely moving and delicious experience by taking guests on a coursed dinner that pairs with an interactive narrative. By merging the worlds of food and storytelling, the evening fosters community and moves guests through a singular culinary journey. The second annual event will feature award-winning chef Alon Shaya, with food and stories inspired by his cookbook/memoir, Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel.

Born in Israel and raised on cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, chef Alon Shaya calls New Orleans his home. In 2017, Alon formed Pomegranate Hospitality to foster opportunities for colleagues, partners, and friends where cultural differences are celebrated. In March 2018, Alon published his debut cookbook, Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel (Knopf). Nominated for five James Beard Awards, he has been named “Best Chef, South” and won “Best New Restaurant.” He was named one of the “50 People Who Are Changing the South” by Southern Living magazine, and one of the “50 Most Influential Jews in America” by The Forward. Chef Shaya currently has two new restaurants, Saba in New Orleans and Safta in Denver. 

The evening festivities will include cocktails, a coursed dinner, a select culinary-focused live auction and opportunities to give back during the Tzedakah portion of the evening and connect and strengthen our community.

Tickets for the Center Plate are SOLD OUT. To sign up for the wait list, please email Jennifer Adams at

See below for a preview of the event from Alon Shaya!

For event information, please contact Jennifer Adams, Special Events Manager, at 545-8659 or

For sponsorship information, please contact Margret O’Keefe, Director of Development, at 545-8609 or

Proceeds from this signature fundraiser help support the Weinstein JCC’s mission to ensure that our programs, resources and services are accessible to all in our community.


Thank you to this year's sponsors:

For more information about all of the events happening at the Weinstein JCC, please call (804) 285-6500.