Since opening Tatte five years ago, I've had to ask myself: what is my holiday season? From Rosh Hashanah through Hanukkah and Christmas, I've realized that for me, it's about celebrating both the traditions of my home in Israel and the festivities of the season here in America.
In Israel, the holidays begin in September with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. After weeks of preparation, we gather for four days of family and endless feasting. We cook and eat and tell stories gathered around the table, dipping apples in honey to symbolize our wishes for a sweet new year.
Since leaving home, it's the holiday I miss the most.
Soon after, I'm at full speed in preparation for Thanksgiving and the December holidays. I start scheduling photo shoots, designing the holiday newsletter and menu, and of course, start baking new seasonal treats.
While preparing Hanukkah at my house...
at Tatte I feel the spirit of Christmas. There are snowflakes on the window, a wreath on the door, and a bright energy in the bakery that means the holiday season is here, bringing with it new sweets and treats. It's the time of year when we bake delicious gifts for customers in the neighborhood, across the country, and around the world.
This holiday season, we're busy with some very exciting projects that I can't wait to share with you. In the meantime, enjoy this time of year with family, friends, and a little something sweet.
I decided to start this blog because I want to tell the story of Tatte. It's time to open my heart and kitchen and share with you all the beautiful things that make Tatte what it is -- the recipes, the product development, the daily adventures, my insight and ideas. Flour and butter never settles in this busy and lovely world, and I want to offer you all a day-to-day glance inside, from the baking tests to the building of our new second location.
It's been an adventure from the beginning, and these days it's hard to find quiet time to simply bake and create. My heart has guided me through it all, keeping me balanced and happy. Now, I want to share the thrill and the joy of this dream through my writing on the blog, and I welcome your suggestions as to what you'd like to hear about the most. Tatte has become my second home and you are all a part of it.
Join me on this ride.