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Dec 16, 2022

Jake Dell and Evan Bloom visit Google to discuss what makes a Jewish Deli, the role delis play in American culture, and how Evan and Jake maintain the food traditions of their ancestors while operating modern businesses. Will Katz Deli ever give up their ticket system? Can there be more than one great Jewish Deli per city? Does the future of Jewish cuisine have room for vegan Rubens? These questions and many more are addressed in this talk.

Many people know Katz’s deli as the setting for the famous “I’ll have what she’s having” scene starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in "When Harry Met Sally.” But despite being a popular film location, Katz’s was famous long before Hollywood came knocking. Its enduring slogan, “Send a salami to your boy in the Army,” dates back to World War II. Katz’s is likely the most famous remaining Jewish-style deli in the nation, and has been dispensing its famous pastrami and corned beef on Manhattan’s Lower East Side for more than 130 years.

Originally published in July of 2013.

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