The home of Corned beef and pastrami will be challenging the spot for General Tso’s at the annual pre-Passover food challenge pitting Teaneck eatery Noah’s Ark against Chopstix. The event collects donations for Teaneck’s Helping Hands Food Pantry.
“Each year, customers of Noah’s Ark and Chopstix vie for the biggest donations to help their neighbors, while proving their loyalty to their favorite kosher food source,” said Noam Sokolow, owner of Noah’s Ark Deli & Shelly’s Dairy Restaurant.
Last year’s challenge realized more than 500 bags of cereal, pancake mix, flour, tuna, ketchup, diapers and toiletries for the food pantry just as supplies were low at the pantry, 195 West Englewood Ave., which serves hundreds of families in need
“It was a win/win situation for everyone: the Jewish community cleaned their pantries and the food pantry benefited,” said Elie Y. Katz, owner of Chopstix and a township councilman.
This year’s contest runs from March 1 through March 22. Donations of unopened, non-refrigerated food and toiletries will be accepted at the following locations: Chopstix, 172 West Englewood Ave.; Noah’s Ark, 493 Cedar Lane; and Shelly’s Dairy Restaurant, 482 Cedar Lane, all in Teaneck.
Whichever restaurant garners the most donations wins this year’s bragging rights.