The Bagel – The Hole-y Story, The Great Coastal Debate, and The Chew

  • April 10, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Wilshire Boulevard Temple

    3663 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, California 90010
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The Bagel – The Hole-y Story, The Great Coastal Debate, and The Chew

Wednesday, April 10, 2024


Wilshire Boulevard Temple Glazer Campus

3663 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010


The Jewish Food Lab of Wilshire Boulevard Temple presents Rabbi Steve Leder, Bagel Connoisseur Sam Silverman, New York’s “Bagel Ambassador” and founder of BagelFestNY, and Nick Schreiber, one of the founders of LA’s Belle’s Bagels, discuss the iconic bagel. Learn about the bagel’s humble beginnings and the renaissance it is having on both coasts (and everywhere in between).


Sam will be bringing along bagels from New York’s own Utopia Bagels and Belle’s Bagels of Los Angeles will be offering bagel samples to decide which bagel is best and is it really about the water?


This event promises to leave no holes in the American bagel story.


Tickets are $20 per person.


Presenters include:

Sam Silverman

As New York's "Bagel Ambassador," Sam Silverman has been a pivotal figure in the bagel world since 2017. His business, BagelUp, includes NYC Bagel Tours & Classes and the annual New York BagelFest, the industry's premier trade and consumer show, highlighting the global bagel ecosystem and its skilled artisans. Recognized as one of Brooklyn's 50 Most Fascinating People in 2023 by Brooklyn Magazine, Sam's passion for bagels goes beyond the ordinary, and his commitment to elevating global bagel culture is evident in every tour and class he leads. Join him in New York for an engaging and hands-on experience in New York, and discover the true art of bagel making.

Instagram: @bagelambassador


Utopia Bagels

Home of some of New York City's best bagels, Utopia Bagels has been a staple in Whitestone since 1981. Their traditional hand-rolled, kettle-boiled, and carousel oven-baked bagels have garnered a loyal following. At peak times, they hand-roll over 100,000 bagels weekly, serving both locals and a nationwide audience via Goldbelly. Featured on BuzzFeed’s "Worth It?" and celebrated by rapper and foodie Action Bronson, Utopia Bagels has become synonymous with authentic New York bagels. Under the leadership of husband-and-wife duo Scott and Katina Spellman, and their son Jesse, Utopia Bagels is set to broaden its horizons with a new location opening in Manhattan this summer.

Instagram: @utopiabagels


Belle’s Bagels

Nestled in Highland Park, Los Angeles, Belle’s Bagels has become a local sensation since its inception in 2015. Founders Nick Schreiber and J.D. Rocchio transformed their innovative backyard pop-up into one of Bon Appetit's Top 25 Bagel Shops in America. Renowned for their hand-rolled, slow-fermented bagels, Belle’s Bagels stands out with its inventive schmears, like the vibrant beet cream cheese, and unique breakfast sandwiches featuring their signature "shalom sauce." Soon to expand its offerings with the launch of a full-fledged Jewish Deli in Highland Park. Known for their witty and engaging social media presence, they also claim the title of best memes in the bagel industry.

Instagram: @bellesbagels

The Jewish Food Lab at Wilshire Boulevard Temple is dedicated to celebrating the tastes and traditions of global Jewish food and culture. Grounded in the richness of Jewish experience and history, the Jewish Food Lab strives to create educational and experiential opportunities for all the senses. We are excited for the Jewish Food Lab to become one of the cornerstones of community outreach and programming at Wilshire Boulevard Temple and in LA!

Date & Time

Wed, Apr 10, 2024 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue Details

Wilshire Boulevard Temple

3663 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90010 Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Wilshire Boulevard Temple - Los Angeles

Celebrating 161 years in Los Angeles and one of America’s most highly respected congregations, Wilshire Boulevard Temple has been serving the Los Angeles Jewish community since its founding in 1862 as Congregation B’nai B'rith, the city’s first synagogue. Today, Wilshire Boulevard Temple carries out the mission through a variety of ways, as a center for Jewish spirituality and celebration, a place for lifelong learning and friendship and home to an engaged congregation where every person can make a difference. 


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