Challah, or hallah, is a common Jewish wedding food. It is a traditional bread eaten on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, except Passover, when leavened bread is not allowed.
Do you recall the last challah you tasted – how did it smell, what flavor was it? Let’s make this even a bit tougher – what was the last challah you tasted at a celebration – wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah – how memorable was it? Did you grab a second piece?
I suspect I stumped you with these questions – challahs are good, but generally not memorable, especially those served at events. Until now…
Meet The Challah King – Chris Brugler. Calling yourself the king of anything is a mighty strong statement, I thought when I first heard about this company. I tend to be naturally skeptical. I was pleased to see that Chris had a phone number posted on his website, so I called him. I learned that Chris refined his culinary craft under the watchful eye of the Master Chefs Paul Bocuse and Joel Antunes at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta, a Five-Star/Five-Diamond restaurant. That impressed me – I have a great admiration for the Ritz-Carlton brand, which consistently excels at exceeding its guests expectations. Also, I believe in moments of inspiration and loved Chris’ story about how he was first inspired by four children to add the unexpected ingredients into his traditional challah.
If you are interested in people who create your food, you would enjoy knowing that Chris has a great big smile, a firm handshake and a passion for dazzling his clients, both as the Challah King and the owner of his catering company located in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Following the Challah King’s directions, I warmed up the challah this morning and my family woke up to a very sweet smell. Did you know that challah is pretty great for a rainy day breakfast? Good with milk and good with coffee. We enjoyed every bite. The one that we sampled was White Chocolate and the only way I can describe it is….well, I just can’t describe it – you have to taste it. It tasted like sweet comfort and Larisa insisted that the Weight Watchers points were simply irrelevant.
I am making a list of all the flavors we will sample – Dried Cranberry and Walnut, then Milk Chocolate, then Dried Apricot, with Black Mission Fig as an accent. If you are planning a Jewish celebration, perhaps you can order one of each flavor for a challah buffet; or better yet, surprise your guests with a different challah on each table. Then, watch the guests mingle while sampling all the different challahs – an excellent way to get your guests out of their chairs. And then, perhaps a toast to The Challah King and his creativity.