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Deli Man
Congregation Beth Israel
Carmel, CA
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Deli Man
Carmel Jewish Film Festival - Closing/Deli Night
Sat, March 20, 2016

Deli Man (2015)

Deli Dinner: 6:00 pm (DINNER IS SOLD OUT)
Q&A: local chef Terry Teplitsky

Venue: Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel, CA 93923
Genre: Documentary (PG-13)
Run Time: 91 minutes
Director: Erik Greenberg Anjou
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA



THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Please join us at our other 2016 film festival events.  Search on Brown Paper Tickets using keyword cjff.  

Movie Review quotes:

"More than a film, much better than a eulogy, Deli Man is the best kind of mirror there is. It makes you ask, "What am I, chopped liver?" And for the first time in a long time, the answer is an ebullient yes."

"If your mouth doesn't water while reading this, cross the film off your list. But if it does, head to the theater. Just make sure it is not an empty stomach."

Spend the evening at Congregation Beth Israel "fressing" and "schmoozing" with notable local chef Terry Teplitsky. Ziggy will be recovering from surgery and had to cancel, but we are fortunate to have Terry join our program. Terry will answer questions following the film.

"Deli Man's" effusive and charming Ziggy Gruber is a third generation delicatessen man, owner and maven (as well as a Yiddish speaking French trained chef).  He currently operates one of the country's top delis, Kenny and Ziggy's in Houston, praised in media ranging from Los Angeles Daily News to "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" on the Food Network. The history of the American deli is the story of Jews  their immigration, migration, upward mobility, and assimilation.  

In the beginning, their Mom and Pop storefronts were the nucleus of Jewish cultural life, and often the deli was its succulent heart. As American Jews thrived, they moved, and so did their delis - from city to suburb and from suburb to shopping mall.  With their success they created new generations of wealth, yet there is a shadowy understory  -  deterioration of the old, traditional urban block and neighborhood. "Deli Man" is the third work in Eric Greenberg Anjou's trilogy about Jewish culture.  

Join us at the deli dinner preceding the film to get your fix of pastrami and corned beef.

Deli dinner tickets are limited and available only in advance because food must be ordered and seating is limited There will be a choice of deli meats along with choices of side dishes, drinks, and desserts.

About Chef Terry Teplitsky

Professionally trained at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, Chef Terry N. Teplitzky brings not only the extensive training but a unique and creative flair to his work. Terry grew up in the hotel and restaurant business in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where his family owned and operated the famous Teplitzky Hotel and Restaurant on the Boardwalk. After graduating from the CIA Terry worked in some of the nation's most distinguished restaurants and hotels; La Maison Blanch, The Jefferson Hotel in Washington D.C. and the renowned Washington Square Bar & Grill in San Francisco. Locally Terry was the Executive Chef for the well-known Sardine Factory, the Ryan Ranch Rotisserie as well as Carmel's On the Park Bar & Grill. Terry's wide range of experience and charismatic manner make him one of the area's most popular chefs.

Today Chef Terry N. Teplitzky is the proud owner of two successful businesses, Michaels' Catering and Wild Thyme Deli & Café. Established in 1983, Michael's Catering will celebrate 32 years of excellence in catering and service on the peninsula in 2015. Wild Thyme Deli & Café was opened in 2002 with the purpose of bringing an East Coast deli together with West Coast cuisine. Terry's passion for comfort food and a place to grab a quick bite has contributed to the success of the Deli located in Marina, CA.

From the mouth of Deli Man film star Ziggy Gruber...
My name is Ziggy Gruber and I'm a third-generation Deliman.

In the early 1900's, at the age of 16, my grandfather, Max, migrated from Budapest to New York in search of a better life. Since that time, my family has continually owned delis in and around New York City as well as Los Angeles and now, Houston.

It all started in 1927 with Max, my grandfather, who along with his brothers-in-law opened The Rialto  our family's first delicatessen. The Rialto was the first deli to open its doors on Broadway Street in New York! Walter Winchel, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, The Marx Brothers, and other famous celebrities came to taste traditional deli food at The Rialto. Max and the boys were not one-hit wonders. In fact, they opened some of New York 's most renowned delicatessens: Berger's on 47th, Wally's Downtown, and the Griddle on 16th.

At the age of 12, my father, Eugene Gruber, started the 2nd generation of "Gruber Delimen." He apprenticed with Max in the deli business for many years before he opened up the famous Genard's on Madison Avenue. He, along with help from his brother  my Uncle Seymour  built Genard's into a three-decade long success story for the Gruber family.

At the ripe age of 8 years old, I quickly learned that typical past-time activities for young boys were not for me! By this time, my family had moved from New York City to Spring Valley, NY, where my father and my Uncle Seymour owned the Cresthill Kosher Deli. One day, from behind the deli counter, my grandfather came to me and said, "Come with me. It's time to make a living!" The 3rd generation of "Gruber Delimen" was born! My grandfather spent the next five years teaching me the traditions of Jewish deli food. Like my father and grandfather, I learned the deli business from the ground up!

To learn the rest of Ziggy's story from Ziggy himself, come to the film on March 20th.

Come join us, March 5-20, 2016, and experience the magic of truly great cinema. The festival includes films, receptions, discussions, a deli meal, and a concert.

For more details about the films, speakers and activities, and  Sponsorship benefits, go to www.carmeljff.org.

You can also search with keyword CarmelJFF on the Brown Paper Tickets site.

The fine print...


Individual tickets can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Tickets can be purchased online up to 48 hours in advance of each film and event. Tickets for each film and event can also be purchased at the box office one hour prior to event or film based on availability.

All sales are final. There are no refunds.

Service fee applies for all individual ticket purchases and packages.

General admission tickets can be picked up ONLY at Will Call.

All receptions include food and wine.

Events and Guests are subject to change based on their availability or circumstances beyond our control.

Special guidelines apply to Sponsorship tickets. See the Sponsorship page at www.carmeljff.org for details.

The deli dinner is NOT considered to be a reception, and is only a complimentary benefit for the Benefactor and Event Underwriters.  A la carte deli dinner tickets are available online for sponsors only, as an add-on to their film tickets.


Congregation Beth Israel (View)
5716 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, CA 93923
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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