Kugels & Collards announces First Annual Kugel Cook Off winners

May 9, 2023

On Sunday, April 23 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Columbia, SC, three judges hovered over a table of 17 Pyrex casseroles. Each dish contained a kugel, or “noodle pudding” entered into the contest by community members. Entries were arranged in categories of sweet, savory, and crazy, and kids’ categories for traditional and creative. After a blind taste test and much deliberation by judges Robin Waites, Rep. Beth Bernstein, & Michael Tucker, the results are in:

Sweet Kugel

Pineapple Upside Down Kugel

Shelley Kriegshaber

Savory Kugel

Mushroom Onion Kugel

Jackie Dickman

Krazy Kugel

Pecan Noodle Kugel

Sue Glasser

Kids Traditional Kugel

Apple Cinnamon Kugel

Molly Noyes

Kids Creative Kugel

Chocolate Pretzel Kugel

Dylan Dojc

Honorable Mention

Krazy Kreamy Korn Kugel

Joan Dickinson

The winners were recognized at The Big Nosh on Sunday, May 7. For winning recipes and photos, please visit kugelsandcollards.org/blog.

About Kugels and Collards™

Kugels & Collards™ is a project of the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative, sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina and Historic Columbia. Kugels and Collards explores South Carolina’s Jewish history through the lens of food and memory. What began as a blog in 2017 to highlight a lively collection of South Carolina Jewish stories and special family recipes will be released as a book this August 29. In Kugels and Collards, authors Rachel Gordin Barnett and Lyssa Kligman Harvey explore the food history, traditions, and memories of Jews in South Carolina, building on the blog of the same title. Learn more at kugelsandcollards.org.

About the Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative

Since 2014, Historic Columbia has partnered with the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, the College of Charleston’s Jewish Heritage Collection, the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, the Columbia Jewish Federation, and Richland Library to document, celebrate, and increase awareness of local Jewish history, heritage, and culture. Learn more at historiccolumbia.org/cjhi.

About the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina

The Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina was founded in 1994 to study, preserve, and promote awareness of the history and culture of the Jews of South Carolina. Originally begun to preserve memories about small town Jewish life in South Carolina, the Society has expanded over its 25-year history to provide conferences, a biannual magazine, and documentation of Jewish burial grounds and Jewish merchants across South Carolina. The JHSSC’s mission is further supported under the auspices of the Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston, where more than 500 oral histories have been gathered as well as manuscripts and family and business archives. Learn more at jhssc.org.

About Historic Columbia

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as Historic Columbia. Over the next five decades, the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history by preserving places and sharing complex stories that unite us in the present and inspire our future. Visit historiccolumbia.org for more details.