A Stress free Passover Dinner in Florida

Where will you have Passover dinner? 

Preparing Passover’s seder meal can be tough for any cook.  Today, trying to keep up with everyone’s tastes, lifestyles and dietary needs makes it even more difficult – remembering the vegetarian or diabetic, who needs gluten-free or heart healthy options.  Additionally, with the advent of so many cooking shows, we’ve become more discriminating, necessitating changes to many traditional recipes.  Bottom line, making the holiday dinner can be a daunting task! 

Having said that, there’s no need to go it alone!  If you are looking for a place to enjoy the Passover feast but don’t feel like cooking at home, you may opt to join others in your community at your local Jewish center.  Furthermore, there are a few restaurants offering special Passover menus during the holiday week.  Some require reservations so you may want to call ahead. 

Whether you choose to cook or dine out, remember Passover is a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends.  Shalom!

 PattiGeorges, 4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Call 941-383-5111

The special menu includes matzo with cherry and pecan charoset; salmon gefilte fish with horseradish sauce; matzo ball soup; braised beef brisket or chicken marsala; and flourless chocolate cake or tropical sorbet for dessert. The regular menu also will be available.  For prices see http://pattigeorges.com/docs/Passover%202012.pdf.

Rosa Mexicano, 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, OR  1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach     Call  786-425-1001 OR 305-695-1005

This restaurant offers a Mexican-themed Passover menu starting with charoset, almonds, and rose apples with crispy parsley and matzo meal tortillas; choice of entrees (crispy chicken breast, braised lamb shank, and beef brisket); and dessert (date, lemon and piñon cake with honey topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of lemon syrup).

Pavilion Grille, 301 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton. Call 561-912-0000.

A traditional four-course Passover meal will be offered Saturday, April 7, through Thursday, April 12. Dinner is served nightly at 6 p.m. Mazto ball soup, salad, choice of entree (braised brisket, roast chicken, or salmon), and dessert included. The cost is $29.95 per person, plus tax and tip.

Cafe Boulud, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach. Call 561-655-6060.

Find a new take on classic Passover fare from Friday, April 6, to Saturday, April 14, with a three-course prix fixe menu with appetizers like matzo ball soup with chicken confit and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms or pike gefilte fish with baby beet salad with horseradish creme fraiche.  Entrees are matzo-crusted Arctic char with parsley root puree; spring lamb shank, or braised beef short rib tzimmes with dried fruit compote and baby root vegetables.  Dessert choices are a flourless chocolate cake or raspberry pavolva.  The cost is $59 per person.

Josef’s Table, 5030 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton. Call 954-290-3521.

This restaurant will host a casual, non-religious dinner from 5 p.m to close Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7. The special menu includes matzo with apple and walnut charoset; salmon and whitefish gefilte fish with horseradish sauce and green salad; matzo ball soup; braised beef brisket or roasted lemon thyme chicken with vegetables and potato kugel; and flourless chocolate cake or fresh berries with chocolate macaroons for dessert. The cost is $39.95 per person, plus tax and tip. The regular menu also will be available. Reservations are required.  

Le Bistro, 4626 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point. Call 954-946-9240.

Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, Le Bistro will offer a four-course prix fixe meal that includes a Seder plate, matzo, and a complimentary glass of sweet wine. Appetizer choices include whitefish and salmon terrine; apple, walnut, and blue cheese salad; and rillette of duck. The second course is chicken soup with matzo balls. Entree choices include braised beef brisket; roasted spring baby chicken; or baked cod. Each main dish is served with a candied vegetable medley and potato cake. Dessert choices are a French vanilla gelato sundae or chocolate mousse. The cost is $39 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 years and younger.


 Find a Seder near you:

Jewish Federations of Florida — http://www.jewishfederations.org/ir_LL_category.html?state=fl

Miami — http://jewishmiami.org/resources/community_directory/events/

Orlando — http://www.orlandojewishfed.org/seders2012.aspx

Sarasota — http://www.jfedsrq.org/calendar/