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'The Sturgeon Queens' Documentary Tells The Story of Russ & Daughters Appetizing Shop.

What more is there to say about Russ & Daughters, the family-owned appetizing store and Jewish food landmark that has peddled herring, smoked salmon, cream cheese, caviar, and rugelach on the Lower East Side since 1914? The shop has been immortalized in countless articles, in a book, and, recently, in a delightfully hedonistic scene on comedian Louis C.K.'s hit TV series, Louie.

If you ask Hattie Russ Gold, 100, and Anne Russ Federman, 92, the two (of three) surviving Russ daughters, it turns out there is still plenty to discuss. Last week, in conjunction with the shop's 100th anniversary, The Sturgeon Queens a documentary about Russ & Daughters, premiered at Jewish film festivals in Palm Beach, Tucson, and Virginia. The film spans more than a century, starting with founder Joel Russ, a Polish immigrant who began selling herring from a pushcart, and culminating with Josh Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman, cousins who in recent years became the 4th generation of Russes to run their family's business.

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Author:Koenig, Leah
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Feb 5, 2014
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