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Jewish Soul Food dinner set for Monday, April 9

The dinner is being organized by Feastly, the new Washington-based start-up that attracts complete strangers to the homes of amateur chefs for a “feast.”

Or, in this case, to the Blind Dog Cafe, which was launched in part by Noah Karesh, co-founder of Feastly.

Peres and her mother come from a line of passionate foodies. According to Feastly’s Jewish Soul Food promotion material, Peres’s grandmother used to “keep live fish in the bathtub for gefilte fish” and her grandfather used to own a supermarket in Southeast Washington.

“I want to bring a DC Deli to DC,” Peres e-mails All We Can Eat this morning. “We don’t want to try and be New York.”

In the meantime, for their Jewish Soul Food dinner, mother and daughter have designed a menu that will include pickled vegetables, gribenes (crisped chicken skin), beet carpaccio, fried matzoh balls, deviled eggs with chopped liver, whitefish on matzoh, brisket with kasha varnishkes and more.

The dinner has limited seating and runs $33 per person. Those interested in attending can contact Feastly at

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.

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