WITH SHERRI SHEPHERD
Check out the places Sherri Shepherd visits that merge food, fun and faith.
You may not realize that many of the foods you eat were originally inspired by religion.
Sherri seeks out divine dining from people of faith: At Hush Bistro in Farmingdale, NY, Sherri dines on the preacher/chef's signature dish, Adam's Rib; in Staten Island, she visits Holy Schnitzel, the mecca for fast food inspired kosher fare; at Veniero's Pastry, Sherri makes the Sfingi, a sacred sweet; and at Manhattan's famous Riverside Church, Sherri is inspired by the Jesus & Mary Biscuits from Grits to Grace Supper Club.
Sherri finds religion while cooking with the faithful: At Vonda's Kitchen in Newark, N.J., Sherri is treated to Vonda's Smothered Turkey Wings; At the church of St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan, Father Charles Frederico and Sherri make his Spaghetti e Vongole for a holy crowd; In Brooklyn, Sherri visits the crossroads of food and faith at Basil, a Kosher food and wine bar. And Sherri samples a sanctified sweet, the Land of Milk and Honey Cupcakes.
Sherri breaks bread with break-dancing Father Leo who shares his Poor Man's Pork Skewers; visits Cafe Pierrot in Sparta, N.J., to meet a family committed to faith and serving the community their famous croissants; in Brooklyn, Sherri feasts on the biblical Bronzino fish; and in Fairfield, Conn., Darlene Banks offers Jamaican Jerk Burgers and thoughtful prayers at Craven Dawgs and Ting.
In Brooklyn, Sherri meets the co-founders of Gefilteria who are remaking the Jewish holiday staple, Gefilte Fish; In New York's Lower East Side, Sherri gets a helping of Hinduism alongside her Lamb Pasanda at MasalaWala; Salt Cod Tostones satisfy a group of hungry believers thanks to Dining with Grace; and in Bayonne, N.J., the baking rock stars from Filled Cakes and Confections create an epic bible cake.
Sherri hangs with Alvin and Friends in New Rochelle, N.Y., for some heavenly Shrimp and Grits; In Greenwich, Conn., Father Matt Mauriello has Sherri over for fellowship and feasting on his Manicotti Crepes; A Greek Diner in Cherry Hill, N.J., makes their lent favorite, Imam Baildi; and at Kosher restaurant Eighteen in Manhattan, Sherri tries some Yemenite Soup.
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