by Ozzie Nogg
March Madness and April Fools Day-type shenanigans will highlight the next couple months at the Star Deli Friday lunches. Mark these dates on your calendars and be there for the fun.
On Friday, March 8, Deli diners will celebrate the 50th Birthday of Star Deli’s Chef Mike Aparo, Director of Food Services at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. The Birthday party Special is Aparo’s favorite sandwich — the Italian Beef Sandwich with Hot Italian Giardiniera. “The beef is slowly simmered in Italian seasonings, beef stock, red wine and a touch of red chili flakes,” Aparo explained. “The sandwich is topped with Giardiniera — a hot and tangy relish of pickled peppers, jalapeno, olives, cauliflower, carrots and celery. You can order the Italian Beef Sandwich with or without the Giardiniera or you can order it as a soaker, where we tack the sub roll and dip it in hot Au Jus before building the sandwich. I just love this sandwich!” Patrons will, too.
Note. There is no Deli on Friday, March 22, to allow culinary staff to prepare the RBJH kitchen for Passover.
Friday, March 29, is time for the Passover Deli, where patrons can enjoy the all-time Star Deli Exclusive — The Latke Rueben Special. “People come out of the woodwork for this unique sandwich,” said Mike Schop, Blumkin Home Assistant Administrator. “In this culinary creation, crispy potato latkes are used instead of bread. We pile corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and parve (fake) cheese between the latkes, so this combo meets all the requirements of a Passover prize-winner.” The March 29 approved-for-Passover Deli menu includes other traditional Jewish favorites: a brisket platter, matzoh ball soup, matzoh brei, plus fried salami and eggs. All regular sandwiches — corned beef, pastrami, turkey, tuna and egg salad — will come on a matzoh roll, accompanied by potato chips. Dayenu.
Friday, April 12, marks another, much anticipated Goldberg Challenge. “Get your two-person team together and compete to win bragging rights along with a $10 gift Star Deli Gift Certificate,” said Josh Gurock, Blumkin Home Director of Facility Services. “And, of course, winners will get the $49.99 regularly priced Goldberg Sandwich for free.” For those unfamiliar with the event, the gargantuan Goldberg combines a two pound fresh challah split length-wise and stuffed with one pound each of smoked turkey, pastrami and corned beef. The meat is topped with leaf lettuce, two sliced tomatoes, one whole red onion, one pound of coleslaw and garnished with three pickles and nine olives. The Goldberg is served on a platter along with one pound each of sweet potato fries and french fries for a grand total of over eight pounds of deli cuisine. “I challenge anyone to finish this colossal meal,” Chef Aparo said. “You’ll have one hour to consume the sandwich from start to finish, and Mr. Goldberg himself will be at this event to crown the winners, should there be any.” Those not participating in the Goldberg Challenge can order the special of the day — BBQ Short Ribs — or any of the other standard Star Deli sandwiches, salads and sides.
The Star Deli is open every Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and continues to be a popular destination for chow hounds who enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and the kibitzing factor. In addition, the Deli is happy to host special occasions and will reserve private dining spaces in the RBJH for large groups. For more information on how Star Deli Catering can add spice to your meetings, parties and life cycle events, contact Mike Aparo at 402.334.6522 or Regan Tinglehoff at 402.334.6523. If you prefer electronic Star Deli news — including Friday Deli lunch offerings — please visit their web page at rbjh.com/index.php/star-catering/home. To stay up to date on deli specials and get the online Star Deli scoop, ‘like’ their Facebook page at facebook.com/star.deli.rbjh.