An evening of Jewish reflections on Chinese food


PROVIDENCE – The Arts Emanu-El Committee at Temple Emanu-El  is excited to announce a screening of the documentary film “Meet and Eat at Lee’s Garden” on Dec. 23, with kosher pre-film Chinese appetizers and desserts and a post-film discussion.

In the film, Day’s Lee, the producer, director and writer, recalls her memories of her father and the family’s restaurant, Lee’s Garden, one of the first Chinese restaurants to open outside of Montreal’s Chinatown in the 1950s.

Through interviews with former customers and families that owned other restaurants, “Meet and Eat at Lee’s Garden” explores how these early restaurants played an important role in the social history of Chinese and Jewish communities.

“Meet and Eat at Lee’s Garden” is Lee’s first documentary film.  She is the author of three books for children and young adults, all of which are based on the Chinese-Canadian community, and is a freelance writer for national magazines.

The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 6:30 p.m., at Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave., Providence. Tickets are $15 for temple members, $20 for nonmembers, and can be purchased in advance at  Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for temple members and $25 for nonmembers.

For more information, contact the Temple Emanu-El office at 401-331-1616.

ARLENE S. SIMON is a member of the Arts Emanu-El Committee at Temple Emanu-El, in Providence.

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