Jewish culture reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. As that culture continues to shift and adapt alongside mainstream America, delicatessen food – as its name suggests – remains a beloved communal delicacy. In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S. His story – augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage – embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods.
DELI MAN is the documentary about this culinary tradition and we open the film this Friday at the Royal and Town Center; March 13th at the Playhouse; and March 20th at the Claremont. Ziggy Gruber, owner of Ziggy’s Deli in Houston and the star of DELI MAN will participate in Q&A’s at the Royal opening weekend: after the 7:45 PM screening on Friday, March 6th and after the 3:15 screening on Saturday the 7th. Plus he’ll introduce the 5:30 screening on Saturday. Publicist Ziggy Kozlowski of Block-Korenbrot will moderate the Friday night Q&A; Los Angeles Film Critics Association President Stephen Farber will moderate Saturday afternoon.