The titular hummus at Oren's Hummus (Photo/Oren's Hummus Facebook)
The titular hummus at Oren's Hummus (Photo/Oren's Hummus Facebook)

10-course vegetarian menu will sample diverse Israeli dishes; Oren’s Hummus Express now open

Oren’s Hummus, the Palo-Alto based chain with four full-service restaurants offering hummus, shwarma and other Israeli favorites, opened its first Oren’s Hummus Express yesterday. It’s located in the Town & Country Village in Palo Alto (the same shopping center that houses Babka by Ayélet). Oren’s Hummus Express is like the restaurants, except that customers order from a scaled-down menu at the counter. This location has seating for 45 outside and a special menu for high school students. Oren’s Hummus Express is at 855 El Camino Real, #162, Palo Alto.


Chef Aliza Grayevsky Somekh will offer a 10-course vegetarian tasting menu, with each course from an ethnic group that came on a different aliyah to Israel. Somekh is an eighth-generation Jerusalemite, now living in Oakland, whose business name is Bishulim SF. The dinner is on Monday, May 27 at 5 p.m. at Oakland’s Temple Beth Abraham. Analucía Lopezrevoredo, an ethnographer who specializes in cultural identity, is hosting the event. Tickets are available on Eventbrite and cost $70, or $100 with wine pairings.

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."