Save the Deli

Pea Soup Wednesdays

Los Angeles, California

I meet far too many people who tell me how much they love deli and the site, but when I ask them when the last time they were in a deli they turn red or say months or even years. If deli is a passion to be supported, than please do so with your mouth and stomach and not just heart…because caring about deli is a long way from eating in a deli, and those that do so earn a special place in my heart.

What you might want to do is emulate the Pea Soup Wednesdays club. Here’s a crew of Canadian actors/directors/writers and producers who spend most of their time in LA. They are coiffed and weight conscious, pretty, talented, and just a bit cocky, but goddamn it they make sure that every single wednesday for lunch they are sitting at a deli “enjoying the food of our forefathers” to quote member Jonas Chernick.

Jonas Chernick and his brisket.

It’s all very LA…but blessedly so. I sat today at Canter’s with Chernick and his friend David Hirsh as they joked, kvetched, and fressed throughout a meal of herring, bagels, sandwiches, and a plate of meat “with no bread, because I’m on the actors diet”. These guys could be eating at Spago or Tupo or Lamda or any number of duosylabic restaurants but they’re not. They could be gazing on a patio through shaded eyes, talking loudly about accomplishments and parts and ideas, all the while flashing pearly whites and shaved pecs at the lithe waitress…but instead they are piling in slices of juicy brisket slathered in mustard, joking with sixty year old waitresses and acting like …well… actually NOT acting for once in this town.

David Hirsh and his herring.

So you want to support the deli?

Go out and start your own Pea Soup Wednesday club. Call it Knish Fridays or Lox Mondays, get a group together of your oldest, dearest friends and make a point to go out for deli on a regular basis. It will ground you in reality and keep you young…all the while connecting you to the past and supporting your local deli in the best way you can. By eating there.


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