On Sept. 18, Jews in New York will join their spiritual brethren around the globe to usher in the Jewish New Year. (The name Rosh Hashanah is Hebrew for “head of the year.”)
If you’re looking to reduce the stress of meal preparation this year, try my easy-to-prepare, can’t-miss beer-braised brisket.
Or take yourself out of the kitchen equation altogether by taking advantage of the celebratory holiday-themed menus offered by catering and events company Great Performances.
Designed by the company’s new culinary ambassador, Georgette Farkas, the menus have you covered from hors d’oeuvre (cheddar-paprika puffed cheese straws and crudité bowl) to petit fours (lemon drop and chocolate shortbread cookies) and everything in between. There are several selections for each course, making for plenty of choice and flexibility. You will even find vegan, vegetarian and dairy-free options.
Choose two dishes in each category from a roster of 15 offerings (complete listing here). First-course highlights include gefilte fish with pickled carrots and beet horseradish; and chicken liver mousse with port gelée and multi-grain lavash. (No, this isn’t your bubby‘s Rosh Hashanah dinner.)
For the main course, in addition to the de rigueur brisket — here braised in red wine and port — consider late-summer tomato grilled branzino combined with roasted Katchkie Farm cherry tomatoes and basil-chive oil; and roast chicken “grand mère,” with shiitake mushrooms and pearl onions.
Among sides are the likes of individual sour cherry noodle kugels; roasted carrots with maple mustard glaze; potato and celery root purée; and string beans with roasted peppers in a caper-garlic vinaigrette.
Dessert offerings include a tarte tatin with crème fraiche, bittersweet chocolate tourte with espresso chantilly, and citrus-spiced honey cake.
The Great Performances Rosh Hashanah celebration, priced at $125 per person (four-person minimum), can be ordered online. Orders must be placed by midnight on Sunday, Sept. 13. For more information, email [email protected] or call 212-727-2424.
Delivery on Friday, Sept. 18 or Saturday 19 will be made throughout the five boroughs, the Hamptons, Westchester County, and Northern New Jersey.