October 27th, 2009 by design

Heading to the airport by car service cause my back is still out and my guitar playing left hand is in jeopardy! Otherwise I’d be on the Sky Train. I hope I have the strength to make it through this week’s shows… I’m not a great guitarist in the first place! Help me Jehovah!

Langer’s Deli tomorrow at 2pm, possibly Junior’s in Westwood then off to Chicago on a 6am flight… Manny’s Deli at 6pm and an after party at 11 City Dinner(?). Looks like another week of delis for this pesca-vegetarian!

October 25th, 2009 by design

What a great night at the deli!

Over 400 people gathered Monday night at Ben’s Deli to celebrate David Sax’s new book about the disappearing American deli. Ben’s gracious hosts Ron Dragoon, Hal Simon, and Scott Singer put out a lavish buffet of freshly cut pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, hot dogs, pickles, cole slaw, latkes, and soft drinks for the ravenous crowd which lined up and snaked throughout the historic delicatessen once known as Lou G. Siegels like a humongous conga line.

I brought along my trusty trio of Hiro Keitora on guitar, David Lizmi on bass, and Tom Roslak on drums who wowed the crowd of avid fressers before I reached the stage with a torchful rendition of Are You Hungry Tonight. The legendary Freddy Roman took the mic and tickled the hungry masses with a set of Jewish food themed jokes.

David Sax read from his new book and relayed world records set by delis from the Universal Record Data Base (www.urdb.org) such as the longest salami held by New York deli owners… about 50 feet!

I saw my friends Sandy and Marion Levine of the Carnegie Deli among the crowd and a host of other friends and fans of the Jewish King of R’nR. I finished off the evening with my signature tune Oy Vey, My Way.

We raised some money for Mazon – The Jewish Response to Hunger www.mazon.org.

This week there are book signings and parties across the country for Save The Deli! I’ll be playing two more next week… Langer’s Deli in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Manny’s Deli in Chicago on Thursday!

Go to www.savethedeli.com for details! And I hope to see you at the buffet… remember early bird or late… there’s always more room on your plate!


October 13th, 2009 by Jelvis

The Save the Deli Book Launch is 7 days away! Monday, Oct 19th 2009… I’ve got a great trio of musicians joining me at Ben’s Deli to launch David Sax’s fantastic new book — a real page-turner of culinary, historical and anecdotal interest. I’ve been reading all about the origins of the deli and it’s fascinating cultural references, a great way to look at Jewish history! I’m learning more about my Jewish roots by way of the Eastern European food chain that resulted in present day delis…

I can’t wait to sample Ben’s free buffet! Looks like the crowd is already growing!
So get yourselves ready, folks, to rock out with the Jel-Man!
Monday October 19th!
209 W. 38th Street NY, NY
doors 7:30; buffet, cash bar & live performance 8-10PM

As always, I’ll be raising money for Mazon.org — A Jewish Response to Hunger — one of my favorite charities!
Please go to their website and consider making a donation.

October 8th, 2009 by design


Published: October 6, 2009

HOBBY’S DELICATESSEN & RESTAURANT in downtown Newark may have lost much of its more traditional clientele over the years, but it has held on to tradition. The corned beef and the tongue are cured for 14 days in stainless steel bins in the basement. The salamis hanging on the wall look as if they’ve been drying there, their flavor intensifying, since the Brummer family bought the place in 1962.
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House-cured pastrami, right, and roast beef.

Samuel Brummer and his sons, Michael and Marc, even make their own matzo ball soup and potato pancakes.

But in Newark, as in so many cities, holding on has been tough for delis.

“In 1945, there were 12 delis in Newark,” said Samuel Brummer, 86. “Now we are only two.”