Have you ever watched Animal Planet? Remember the scene where a pack of lions descend on a gazelle? That's what Saturday afternoon kiddush is like at many synagogues.
We'd been hired to cater "Enhanced Kiddush" for a big synagogue in Queens, NY for about around 150 people. We were also told that the numbers sometimes swell right before kiddush started with hungry mouths post-praying. We wanted to cook some exciting dishes instead of the standard tuna and egg salad that was the usual fare, but at the same time still have some classic flavors to satisfy the normal crowd. Of course, we made lots of lox platters featuring thinly sliced tomato, red onion, cucumbers and cream cheese, plus bagels and challah rolls. In addition, we also changed it up a little with some Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad, Middle Eastern Eggplant Salad, Cucumber and Tomato Tzatziki Salad, Tuna Salad, and Mushroom & Mushroom "Chopped Liver" and more. Yum! We also prepared freshly-baked Raspberry Crumble Bars, tangy Cheesecake Bars, rich Brownie Bites, and fruit platters.
We ended up giving out so many business cards, and the food was a major hit!