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 Celebrating Hanukkah with Pineapple Collaborative

Celebrating Hanukkah with Pineapple Collaborative

The holidays mean gift-giving, cozy sweaters, and of course, plenty of delicious food. We recently sat down with two of the women behind Pineapple Collaborative, a DC-based community for women who have a serious passion for food.

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Co-founders Atara Bernstein and Ariel Pasternak started Pineapple in 2015 and have grown their community to more than 15,000 women in and around the D.C. area.

On a cool December afternoon in Atara’s light-filled apartment, the two friends were busy cooking up a delicious Jewish-inspired meal for their five-person team later that evening.


“Cooking is the highlight of my day,” Ariel said as she mixed together a warm vegetable salad while Father John Misty played on a record in the background. “We love being able to share our holiday traditions with our team.”

Warm Winter Salad with Tahini Lemon Dressing

  • Baby Kale 
  • Black Rice 
  • Roasted sweet potatoes 
  • Roasted broccoli 
  • Caramelized onions 
  • Pumpkin seeds 

Heat the oven to 425 and roast the broccoli and sweet potatoes together for 30-45 minutes on a baking sheet. 
While the veggies are roasting, cook black rice in a pot per direction on package. 
Slice a purple onion and place it aside. Heat 2 Tbsp. of butter in a large saucepan over medium until melted and sizzling. Add in onion slices and stir occasionally until cooked down to your liking. 
Place the kale, rice, and veggies in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top. 


  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • half of a lemon, squeezed
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup of water

In this case, some of those traditions were gifting recipe books written by women, pouring sweet wine made by women, and serving potato latkes from On Rye, a woman-owned deli. “We love celebrating and admiring other women – it creates a sense of community,” said Atara.


As they began to set the table, a cool-toned rose bouquet and a holiday succulent became a welcomed finishing touch. All that was left was for the raspberry doughnuts to be devoured and the menorah to be lit.


So, what does 2018 have in store for Pineapple? “We want to further this passion for food with other women,” said Ariel. With plans to continue to produce several panel discussions a month, network with new restaurants, and expand to new cities, we’d say the future looks bright.

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