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The Sturgeon Queens

The Sturgeon Queens

A Mouthwatering Celebration of Fish and Family

Sunday, September 7, 2014 2:30 pm


Hattie Russ Gold, 100, and her sister Anne Russ Federman, 92, are the two surviving daughters of the famed Lower East Side appetizing store Russ & Daughters. They are also the stars of 
The Sturgeon Queens.

This film traces the Russ family from immigrant patriarch Joel Russ to thirty-somethings Josh Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman, Joel’s great grandchildren. Today, Josh and Niki run the store as well as the new (and all the rage) Russ & Daughters Café, serving up lox and herring for a new generation.

Russ & DaughtersWe were honored that Mark Russ Federman, who ran the store from 1978 to 2008, joined us. Mr. Federman, author of Russ and Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from The House That Herring Built, introduced the film and participated in a post-screening Q&A with Spertus Executive Chef Laura Frankel.

Following the Q&A, Mr. Federman signed books while Chef Laura served up a celebratory "Herring Pairing" with three smoked fish selections each paired with a special liqueur from Chicago's own organic kosher artisanal distillery Koval

Our thanks to Koval for their participation. 

About the Film

In telling the story of Russ & Daughters, The Sturgeon Queens celebrates 100 years, four generations, and 1,800,000 pounds of pickled herring.

"Touching, funny, and delicious"
The New York Daily News

"The quick-witted Russ daughters are sharper than a Nova-slicing knife." Time Out New York

Winner, Audience Choice Award
Los Angeles, Palm Beach, and San Diego Jewish Film Festivals

Directed, written, and produced
by Julie Cohen. 

Watch the Trailer

Appetizing Store

Russ & Daughters is an "appetizing store." What is that?

Here's how Huffington Post defines it in their review of The Sturgeon Queens:

"Appetizing" here isn't an adjective describing something tasty, but a noun that basically refers to food you would eat with a bagel. Anything from white fish salad and smoked lox to cream cheese could be considered "appetizing," and while appetizing stores used to be a dime a dozen in New York City, only a handful remain today. Russ & Daughters, which is celebrating its centennial this year, is a true stalwart that has stood the test of time.

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