Bienvinido. Welcome to Savor!
The connection between music and food is at the heart of Sephardic culture and tradition. The two sensory experiences have survived in their unique forms, despite the Spanish Inquisition, Balkan Wars, the Holocaust and more. Song and food have united Sephardic Jews in their diaspora and have connected them through shifting centuries and borders.
With this in mind, we are excited to introduce you to Savor (pronounced sa-VOR and meaning “taste” or “flavor”), a new, unique project that brings together these cultural touchstones in a fresh and meaningful way. Conceived by award-winning Ladino singer Sarah Aroeste, Savor is the result of diligent research and curation that led to the selection of ten songs in the Ladino language that focus on food. Rather than being about food in general, these songs are singular in that each one revolves around a very specific food beloved among Sephardim. For example, one song is solely about stuffed grape leaves (Una muchacha en Selanika), while another adoringly lays out seven delicious ways to prepare an eggplant (Siete modos de guisados se guisa la berenjena). Songs such as these have never been compiled in one collection. Our aim is to do just that, but to take it one step further…
We, Aroeste along with renowned Sephardic chef and food writer Susan Barocas, are presenting a multi-sensory experience by matching each song with a recipe created by a celebrated female chef who helps to preserve and promote Sephardic food through her work. The recipes will be demonstrated in ten special videos showing each chef preparing the dish based on the song and discussing the ingredients, flavors, connections to Sephardic cuisine and history as well as personal connections to the food.
The ten Savor music tracks are being recorded and produced alongside the ten chefs’ matching videos, all of which will be collected in a documentary film. The result will be a multi-dimensional conversation between music and food embodied in a beautifully designed CD and booklet (with song translations, recipes, and QR codes to the individual videos), as well as a full digital download of an all-inclusive Savor package.
By uniting the music with recipes and making them available across various platforms, audiences will experience Sephardic culture in an exciting, innovative way. Savor is an expansive project that will also include food and music seminars, educational materials and an expanded book that dives deeper into the connections between Sephardic history, music and cuisine.