Catering favorites for B’nai Mitzvahs

Whenever we have the honor of catering B’nai Mitzvah celebrations, we love the challenge of creating kosher-style menus that appeal to young App-Dolmas2and old alike. At times, that means offering two menus – one for the adults, and one for the young people. Consider this sampling of menus that consistently meet with success. (Photos taken at Bat Mitzvah at Peninsula Temple Sholom, www.sholom.org)
Year-round favorites are the cuisines of the Mediterranean, which offer variety, fresh local ingredients, and something for everyone. Appetizers may include a sampling of beautiful cheeses, marinated olives, oven-dried tomato, a hummus bar, a smoky baba ganouj with pomegranate seeds, and black olive tapenade. Main courses span the entire Mediterranean rim: Greece (spanakopita, vegetarian moussaka), Italy (creamy polenta with tomato and gorgonzola, vegetable lasagna with white sauce), Spain (garlicky paella with fish or beans), North Africa and the Middle East (fragrant Moroccan tagines, Sephardic lentils with braised vegetables, falafel with cucumber sauce, pita pockets with Sabich).
Side dish favorites include seasonal grilled vegetables, Israeli style vegetable salad, Israeli couscous with julienned vegetables and orange zest, pasta salad (with fresh mozzarella, tomato, garlic, artichoke hearts, pecorino romano), or watermelon salad with feta and mint – to mention a fraction of our selections.
Let’s not forget dessert . . . an ice cream bar for the young crowd is a hands-down winner. We include two or three flavors of artisanal ice cream, syrups, sprinkles, sliced fruit, toasted nuts, whipped cream. For non-alcoholic beverages, young people always enjoy our Italian soda bar with sparkling waters and Monin (www.monin.com) syrups (instead of store-bought sodas).
Seder-cakeIt’s always an honor to cater your milestone celebrations, where family and friends, young and old, come together in loving community. We work with your vision and budget to help create the celebration of your dreams, and to create the ambience that matches the occasion.

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