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Hunting for Kosher Food Among the Elephants

Will I subsist on Chex Mix at this year’s Republican National Convention?

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With the Republican National Convention delayed until Tuesday thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac, reporters are using the extra time to get acclimated, explore the area, and connect with sources and acquaintances. I, on the other hand, had a more immediate concern: ensuring that I would not have to subsist on granola and Chex Mix for the duration of my stay. To that end, after filing my piece on the chief rabbi of the RNC, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik early this afternoon, I began my hunt for kosher food.

The record shows that kosher fare was provided at both party conventions last election cycle, so it stood to reason that I would find some here in Tampa. And given that a bona fide Orthodox rabbi would be kicking off the ceremonies, I presumed it would not be hard to procure. But after fruitless inquiries to the press desk and the general convention information desk—and having consumed a Hershey bar and bag of potato chips—I began to worry. That’s when I asked Twitter.

It did not work. (Unless you count responses from Twitterati like @whatamentsch explaining “You’re at the wrong convention if you want Kosher food.”) Thankfully, however, Plan B did. As it turns out, Chabad of Tampa Bay runs a local catering service—with delivery!—featuring everything from bagels and lox to pizza to sushi. So dear reader (by which I mean, specifically, my mom), not to worry—you can be assured that I will not go hungry during my stay. Which means you can look forward to coverage of tomorrow’s convention kick-off, interviews with young Jewish Republican activists and politicians, and much more in the days to come.

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I used to live in Tampa. There is definitely more kosher food to be found here in New Orleans. Oh the irony. If they’re not closed for the storm, you could drive across the Bay to Jo-El’s in St. Pete to stock up.

So you think you’ll find kosher food at the DNC convention? But you will find at the DNC the preeminent antisemite Jimmy Carter as a major speaker. I’ll take the RNC thank you..granola bars over Jew-haters and their enablers anyday.

Jo-El’s in St. Pete has wonderful kosher food, both groceries and prepared food. It’s worth schlepping over the bridge.

We were in St. Pete’s last year and had no idea they had kosher food. I’m so glad I saw this post and the comments. We’ll be visiting Jo-El’s next time we are there ; )


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