Spertus Institute to host Chicago premier of ‘The Sturgeon Queens’

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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership will host the Chicago premiere of "The Sturgeon Queens," a documentary celebrating the venerable history of the Lower East Side's iconic Russ & Daughters, where New Yorkers have been buying smoked herring, sturgeon, and lox for a century. The screening is part of an event dubbed "A Mouthwatering Celebration of Fish and Family," that will commence at 2:30 pm on Sunday, Sept. 7. 

Mark Russ Federman, who ran the store from 1978 to 2008 and is the author of Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House that Herring Built, will be on hand to introduce the film and be interviewed onstage after the screening by Spertus Executive Chef Laura Frankel, an award-winning kosher cooking innovator and cookbook author. 

Copies of Mr. Federman's and Chef Frankel's books will be available for sale and signing. 

Topping off the afternoon will be a Russ and Daughters-style "Herring Pairing." A trio of gourmet herring preparations will be offered, each paired with a special liqueur from Koval, an organic kosher artisanal distillery based here in Chicago. 

The film is directed by Julie Cohen and the winner of the Audience Choice Awards at the Los Angeles, Palm Beach, and San Diego Jewish Film Festivals.

The Sturgeon Queens: A Mouthwatering Celebration of Fish and Family will take place at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, 610 S. Michigan Avenue. Tickets are $25 (with $18 tickets for Spertus Institute members). Tickets are on sale online at spertus.edu and by phone at (312) 322-1773.   

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is a partner in serving our community, supported by the JUF/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

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