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The 92nd Street Y Lecture Series has hosted newsmakers, international trailblazers, bestselling authors, industry titans and stellar entertainers.

One of the biggest names in entertainment, a former guest lecturer at 92Y, and grandfather to a 92Y Nursery School graduate, is Grammy Award-winning producer and music executive Clive Davis. As the founder of Arista Records and Chairman and CEO of BMG Label Group, he is responsible for launching the musical careers of Barry Manilow, Billy Joel (another 92Y guest lecturer), Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Janis Joplin, Whitney Houston, Santana and many, many others.

Clive Davis' philanthropy and love of music continues to bring light into the world. During Hanukkah, communities around the globe gather to celebrate the Festival of Lights with family, friends and, of course, food. Clive Davis' latke recipe has brightened his celebrations and will enliven yours in the same way his generosity has touched us all through the music he has brought into the world.

  • 1 egg
  • 1⁄4 of a medium onion, coarsely cut
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tbsp. matzoh meal
  • 2 1⁄2 cups diced raw potato (2 large Idaho potatoes)
  • Vegetable oil (canola, corn, etc.)

Peel potatoes and keep covered in cold water until ready to use. Into a blender container, place egg, onion and salt. Dice the potatoes and add into blender. Do not cover. Press liquefy button. With rubber spatula immediately push potatoes from top of container down into the blending mixture. When the last bit of potato is pulled into the blade, turn off the blender. (Be careful not to break rubber spatula.) Pour this mixture into a bowl. Stir 1 tbsp. of matzoh meal into the mixture and add up to 1 more tbsp. until you get the right consistency—not too watery and not thick. Mix well. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan (around 1/2 inch deep) and drop in around 2 tbsp. of mixture per pancake. Fry until golden brown on each side. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with apple sauce or sour cream.

This recipe serves about 2 people but should not be doubled as you are making it. Just repeat whole process for more pancakes.