A Dedicated Family of Chefs
We’ve been creating delicious kosher food since 2006
What we are
Samuel M. Zach is a strictly kosher catering company that was founded in Hamburg in 2006. In 2012 the company moved to Berlin under the name Milo and has since been active in the local gastronomic market as well as providing guests from Israel and the rest of the world with kosher food. Milo delivers catering to various hotels in Berlin and offers kosher dishes for different groups. In the Tifferet Israel Synagogue at Passauer Straße 4, Milo offers space for groups between 10 to 60 guests and offers a variety of delicious menus to choose from. The synagogue is available to those who pray. Opposite the synagogue building is the famous Ka De We department store building.
Milo and its history
Sometimes personal traces left behind by past generations will have an impact on future generations. The life of Milo Sack constitutes a good example of just that.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Milo was born in 1910 as the first of three children in Berlin’s Brunnenstrasse. Even today, a plaque commemorates the Weinberger brothers’s Jewish butter wholesaler in the street where Milo’s family lived and worked. At that time Milo was an active member of the gymnastics and sports club Bar Kochba, today’s TuS Makkabi Berlin club.
His enthusiasm for sport drives him to such top athletic performances that at the age of 23 he qualified as a participant in the German delegation for the Maccabi competitions in Israel. This first Maccabiah games (Maccabiade) takes place in 1932 with 20,000 visitors and around 390 athletes from 14 countries. There he meets Iren Grossmann and falls in love with her. He returns to Berlin and opts for the aliah to Israel.
In Israel he started working in the well-known Dead Sea factory. A year later – in 1934 – Milo and Iren married. The couple is particularly united by their passion for sport. The following year, they took part in the second Maccabiah in 1935 – now as part of the Israeli delegation. This time as two of around 1,350 athletes from 28 countries and with almost 50,000 visitors.
In the same year, Milo and his brother Jakob opened the legendary Café Alaska in the center of Jerusalem. The popular café was to become known beyond the city borders for its self-made ice cream and had a decisive impact on the cityscape for over three decades. Milo’s sporting successes in tennis help him to bring his parents Rosa and Avraham to Israel. With the desired addition to the family and the birth of his children Michael and Esther, family happiness now seems complete. In Jerusalem, the family lives right in the center on Ben Yehuda Street.
1948 was to be a fateful year for the entire family and for the Jewish community in the heart of Jerusalem. On the morning of February 22nd, there is a terrorist attack that was to be carried out by the Arab headquarters in the Jerusalem region and with the support of British dissidents. At 6:30 a.m., three military transporters loaded with explosives reached Ben Yehuda Street, the Jewish center of Jerusalem.
About 58 people lost their lives when the massive explosion hit the street and surrounding areas. The terror attack that will go down in the history books as a historic act of terrorism against the Jewish community left Milo with serious injuries. The explosion destroyed several buildings and seriously injured about 200 residents and workers. Milo survived the brutal attack. On April 19, 1948, Milo, only 38 years old, died from his injuries. Family, friends and neighbors pay their last tribute to the charismatic and young dynamic athlete and Zionist at his funeral in the Sanhedria cemetery in Jerusalem.
After his death, his brother Jakob continues to run the Café Alaska in the spirit of Milo. Until it closed in 1978, the soul of the now famous Café Alaska was reminiscent of the caring family man, the reliable friend and the helpful neighbor Milo. Just a few decades later, these memories should find a new home: In 2012, his grandson Samuel Zach landed with his wife Avigail and their three sons Colin, Tomer and Oriel in Berlin and founded “MILO – Kosher Restaurant and Catering” in the Wilmersdorf district.
For Samuel Zach, his grandfather is a “man of life – a charismatic person who was popular and loved life.” His soul lives on at MILO Kosher Catering. Over 110 years after his birth in Berlin and 88 years after his departure from his city, Grandfather Milo Sack – is actively represented with his name in Berlin and inspires the kosher catering service at MILO created by the next generation of the Zach family, which is now well-known beyond the city borders.