Cafe culture is growing in Israel at a massive rate as in the rest of the world and it has helped fulfill the dream of a victim, we read in this blog how with the help of One Family victims of terror find their place in society following their trauma.
Chef- Shimon Salem works as a Chef in the cafe culture at one of Israel’s well known cafes, Café Café.
Shimon has been a member of One Family since his father Yirmiyahu Salem, 48, z”l was tragically murdered by Palestinian terrorists on 12 December 2001 in a terror attack in which 11 people killed in a terrorist attack which targeted an Israeli bus and several passenger cars near the entrance to Emmanuel. His father was travelling in the car which was ambushed. Shimon was 12 and half at the time, months away from his Bar Mitzvah.
At the age of 16, Shimon decided he wanted to become a chef, having always loved the art of food. He trained with the late Chef Gil Carow in Herzliya where he learned amongst other things:
- Food Safety & Sanitation
- Palate Development
- Global cuisines: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican, Asian, Japanese, Desserts & Pastry
- Knife skills and more
His dream is to open a restaurant of his own one day, serving meat which is his specialty and he knows his father would have been so proud of his developing career. The growing cafe culture int he country has provided Shimon with a stepping stone to his future .
Israel’s top 10 cafés
By Jeffrey Hyman at http://www.israel21c.org/israels-top-10-cafes/
At Café Café, they pride themselves on letting their customers take their time.
Café Cafe has made great strides since opening its first Tel Aviv branch in 2001. Today the café/restaurant has 105 branches around the country and in Europe.
Offering a more extensive food menu than most of its competitors, Café Café offers a relaxed, comfortable setting for its fare and confidently stands by its motto, “Take Your Time.”
Someone visiting cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa could be excused for thinking that the only thing Israelis do is sit at sidewalk cafés and drink coffee. It’s not true – they also eat the food at those cafés.
In the last 15 years, coffee chains like Aroma, Cup O’ Joe, Arcaffe and Café Hillel have proliferated to the point that their logos are as ubiquitous as McDonald’s signs throughout the country.
“Israelis love sitting, drinking coffee and talking,” explains Michael Reiner, a student of all things java and the CEO of Ava Coffee, one of the country’s leading coffee suppliers.
Whereas Israeli coffee drinkers once drank either botz, the dark, muddy Turkish coffee favored by Middle Eastern coffee drinkers for centuries — or, if you didn’t have the stomach for that, then nes, instant coffee with milk and sugar (a bastardization of the American Nescafé) — today the drink of choice is Tel Aviv cappuccino (café afuch), a frothy variation on the Italian classic.
“It’s becoming known abroad as the quintessential Israeli coffee,” says Nicole Fleisher, the administrator of the Israel Coffee Association, an organization formed by several of the leading coffee roasters and chains in the country to raise the level of coffee manufacturing and consumption and promote the industry.
“We have a high standard of coffee preparation in Israel, from the way it’s roasted and prepared until it arrives at the table. As a coffee drinker, I would say coffee in Israel is much better than it used to be.”
“The biggest increase in coffee consumption and in the quality and variety of coffee in Israel occurred mainly in the past decade – due to the proliferation of the ‘away from home’ market, encompassing espresso bars, restaurants and cafes,” says Ava’s Reiner.
While you can go to any street corner café today and get a great cup of coffee from any number of independent, family-run coffee shops, some establishments have raised the art of coffee culture in Israel to a new level. Visit http://www.israel21c.org/israels-top-10-cafes/ to view the top ten.
One Family has helped Shimon by providing him support through meetings and trips with other victims.
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