Posted by: Jeffsayyes | December 19, 2012

Woks and Lox 2012 – Reasons why it’s awesome this year

We’re doing it again! Woks and Lox is coming at you Christmas Eve – for all you lonely people on Christmas. Memories of my childhood, no one could ever hang out, and I’d be walking Merrick Road on the way to the Chinese take-out next to Blockbuster… it was cold and the streets were still. Stoplights seemed superfluous. I kind of miss those days sometimes actually… Never again….

This year we’re keeping the same format as last year, but just being more awesome. We were very lucky how things turned out and most of our methods worked, but I want it to be even more awesome. So without further delay, here are the reasons why we’re awesome this year (in no order that means anything):

1 – SingleCut Beer – They’ve hit Queens by storm as the only brewer based in Queens in half a century – and they’re making a custom brew inspired by Woks and Lox! How awesome is that??

2 – Soy Vay – We’re excited and happy to have a major sponsor for this years event. Beyond just the stuff they are providing, it’s great to see someone has the faith in what we are doing. Their story of when a Chinese Girl meets Jewish boy occurs again and again with our event: the obvious of V and I, and our hosts, The Queens Kickshaw

3 – Chichi Wang – Holy shtetl, Chichi is so smart and such a damn good cook with integrity. Her stuff tastes soooooo good, and she can’t consider anything that doesn’t taste perfect. Things still might change, but tentatively, the menu is

Daikon, Carrot and Cucumber Pickles
Taro, Black Bean and Garlic Knishes
Matzohball and Rice Cake Soup with Ginger Shiitake Broth
Turnip Cake and Noodle Kugel
“Gunpowder” Latkes
Levite’s Cheese and Potato Wonton Pierogies
Kale and Cabbage Salad with Bialy Croutons and Soy Vay® Toasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade Red Bean and Black Sesame Rugelach

Noshes Party:
Levite’s Cheese and Potato Wonton Pierogies
Taro knishes
Red Bean and Black Sesame Rugelach

4 – More games, funner in wit – Veron and I have a bunch of fun things to do, paying attention to the layout of the Queens Kickshaw. We’re doing more with Jewish and Chinese idioms, more stuff on walls, bigger boards, and the most popular game in China. The night is going to go quick.

5 – And we have soooooo much stuff for giveaways and prizes. For me, this is one of the most fun (and exhausting) parts of the event. I have met so many new people and had the excuse to experience new places. Just yesterday, while waiting for T-shirts being brought by the delivery guy at Lansky’s, I almost fell over from hunger at the constant taunt of the pastrami wafts from the kitchen. I need to eat some celebratory lunch there soon.  And this past week, I met the people from Gefilteria in their kitchen in the back of a Jewish school. They were so nice, and I got to see some of the process for making the gefilte fish and their drinks.

We’ll have prizes and giveaways from these kind people and organizations of many kinds:

Soy Vay®, The Queens Kickshaw, Fresh Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost, Ben’s Best Delicatessan, Lansky’s, Kosher Chinese by Michael Levy, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee, The Chinese Takeout Cookbook by Diana Kuan, M. Wells, Lotus Blue, The Astor Room, 5 Napkin Burger, Lactaid, Atlas of the World, 19th ed., and The Diner’s Dictionary by John Ayto from Oxford University Press USA., Gefilteria, JoJu’s Modern Vietnamese, Belief NYC, Hail the Right Brain, Jeffrey Tastes Food Tours, Barney Greengrass, OXO, GrubKit, Katz’s Delicatessen, and more.

For the prizes, we will do this in a Chinese Auction format. This means, people will purchase raffle tickets, and they will put their raffle tickets into a box (a tzedukah box?) which represents one of about 10 prize packs – and the end of the night, we will draw a winner. All proceeds from the Chinese Auction will be going towards organizations based on Social Justice, JFREJ (Jews for Racial and Economic Justice) and the  CAAAV (Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence).


You can still get tickets for the Nosh Party at


  1. I am so my ticket for the dinner!! See you then.

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