June 20, 2020 — Today, I have a smile on my face and a feeling of gratitude in my heart. This after what happened yesterday when, at the encouragement of good friends Odette Levy, Michelle Muscat, Gili Merkur, Rima Biback and Karen Simpson, and with the help of my family, I created a selection of artisanal hummus and labaneh for sale in Toronto at Aba’s Bagel Company. The day before, I prepared a post on Facebook about this, without knowing if even one jar would be sold.
Several hours after delivering the hummus and labaneh to Aba’s, I learned that many people had already purchased my products. By the end of the day, the supply was almost sold out.
Thank you for the support of everybody who came to Aba’s especially to purchase my hummus or labaneh. I’m touched by the response, which is highly gratifying. All the more so since a portion of proceeds from the sales will go to the ERAN charity, which provides emotional first aid by phone and internet in Israel, with which I’m proudly involved.
I extend a special thank you to Arie Gershon, owner of Aba’s, for encouraging me to feature my food creations in his shop. Based on this initial experiment, he’s already asked me to continue to make hummus, labaneh, sabich and other products to sell at Aba’s. I look forward to it. Let’s see where this takes Galya Loves Food.
Lastly, I want to express my appreciation to Odette Levy, Michelle Muscat, Gila Merkur Rima Biback and Karen Simpson for their support and mentorship. I couldn’t have done it without them.
• Aba’s Bagel Company — 884 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto. Tel: 416-780-2020.