Springing for Easter & Passover Meals
If the thought of preparing a Passover seder feels like one more plague this year. Or if cooking Easter brunch or supper seems too “eggs-travagant,” there are several area restaurants that will do the cooking for you. Here’s a list of meals to-go and a few in-person options for each holiday too.
Meal: Passover Dinner for two
When: 1st night of Passover (Saturday, March 27)
Pick Up/Delivery: Pick up on March 27 between 2-4 p.m. or delivery
Matzo & Spreads
Housemade Everything Spice Matzo
Borscht Tartare, Carrot-Walnut Charoset, & Chicken Rillette
Matzo Ball Soup
Coffee-Braised Brisket with Onion, Carrots, Potatoes
Sweet Potato-Apple Kugel
Flourless Chocolate-Almond Tart with Pomegranate
Note: Meal is prepared and just needs to be re-heated.
Feast Your Eyes Passover Dinner To-Go
Meal: Passover dinner
When: Friday, March 26, Saturday, March 27
Pick up/Delivery: At Front & Palmer in the South Kensington Arts District. Delivery in the city available.
Seder Plate for table
First courses: Chicken Soup with Matzah Balls or Orchard Salad with Apples, Sundried Cranberries, Walnuts*
Second courses: Housemade Gefilte Fish Terrine or Mezza Plate with Eggplant Zaalouk, Tomato & Pepper Taktouka, Moroccan Carrots*
Main Courses: Beef Brisket with Dried Fruit, Herb Crusted Salmon, Chicken with Capers, Artichokes, Lemons, Eggplant Braciole with Roasted Cauliflower, Trumpet Mushrooms, Confit of Tomatoes*
Sides: Asparagus with Preserved Lemons* Braised Carrots Zimmes* Yukon Mashed Potatoes* Strawberry Applesauce*
Desserts: Raspberry and Chocolate Macaroons, Mocha Fudge Cake,
Berries with Aquafaba* and Pastry Chef Neomie Eliezer's Matzah Toffee Bark.* Served with Locally Roasted Coffee, and Tazo Teas.
*Items are vegan
Note: Get complete dinner including seder plate or a la carte.
Cantina Feliz in Ft Washington
Meal: Passover Dinner with a Mexican twist
When: March 27 through April 1
Pick up/Delivery: In the restaurant, socially-distanced with limited capacity. Also available for take out.
First course: King Salmon Tostada - Malanga chip tostada topped with king salmon, mango, jicama and pineapple.
Soup: Matzo Ball Soup: A fresh take on the restaurant's tortilla soup with red chile, avocado and chicken
Entree: Braised Short Rib Taco: Morita Chile bbq brisket topped with chipotle slaw and served on Boston bibb lettuce cup.
Note: Only available at Ft. Washington location, not Fairmount location (in the restaurant formerly called La Calaca Feliz).
Price: $21.95 for all three courses. Also available à la carte.
Meal: Family-style Passover Seder
Pick Up/Delivery: Pick up starts March 26 and runs throughout the holiday. Delivery available starting March 26.
First course: Chicken Liver Mousse, Matzah basket, Matzah Ball Soup, Gefilte Fish, Salade Verte
Entrees: Braised Beef Brisket, Citrus-Rosemary Brined Chicken Breast
Sides: Roasted Baby Carrots, Haricots Verts, Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Potato Latkes
Dessert: Strawberry Elderflower Mousse, Raspberry Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Covered Matzah, Mixed Berries
Note: Includes parsley, maror, shankbone, hard boiled egg, charoset and bitter herb for seder plate
Price: $90 per adult/$45 per child under 12 (minimum of 4 guests)
Meal: Passover Dinner Box for Two
When: Saturday, March 27 afternoon
Pick up/Delivery: Pick up available. Dinner is also available in-house on March 27, alongside the restaurant's dinner menu.
Main course: Braised Short Rib or Seared Arctic Char (select 1)
Sides: Carrot Salad, Smoked Trout Rillette, Wilted Spring Greens (includes all)
Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Charoset Cake
Note: Seder Plate with shank bone, egg, parsley, horseradish and charoset available.
High Street Philly
(High Street is in its new home at 101 S. 9th Street)
Meal: Passover Box Dinner
When: Saturday, March 27
Pick up/Delivery: Pick up afternoon or evening of March 27.
Entree: Braised Brisket or Seared Salmon (select 1)
Sides: Matzoh ball soup, Chicken liver mousse with homemade matzoh crackers, Roasted vegetables and charoset (includes all)
Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake
Note: Seder plate with shank bone, parsley, horseradish and egg can be added.
Price: $50 per person
Meal: Passover Dinner
When: Friday, March 26
Pick Up/Delivery: Friday, March 26. Pick up 2-4 p.m. Delivery 4:30-6 p.m. (to 19106, 19107, 19102, 19103)
Entree: Braised Brisket with port wine sauce or Black Cod with Citrus Miso Glaze
Sides: Tzimmes, Potato latkes, baked ratatouille, Cranberry Orange Quinoa Salad with citrus Vinaigrette
Note: Matzah Ball Soup, Frieda's Orange Cake or Fresh Fruit can be added for #3 each.
Price: $17 per meal.
Classic Cake in Cherry Hill
Meal: Passover desserts
When: Saturday, 3/27
Pick up/Delivery: Pick up only. At Cherry Hill location.
Menu: Plain or chocolate-dipped macaroons, Flourless chocolate cake and more.
Note: Like all of the Passover foods, these are not Passover-style (not strictly Kosher for Passover).
Passover Gifts And if you want to send a Passover gift to someone who can’t be at your table this year, check out the selection at the National Museum of American Jewish History Gift Shop. Choose a matzah face mask, 10 plagues glasses for kids, or a new seder plate. Details: https://www.judaicashop.net/c-676-passover.aspx
Meal: Family-style Easter Meal
When: Friday, April 2-Sunday, April 4
Pick Up/Delivery: Pick up in the Studebaker Building, 667 N.Broad Street on 4/2. Delivery available on April 2 through April 4.
Appetizers: Classic Deviled Eggs, Cream of Asparagus Soup, Spring Crudite, Ricotta Crostini, Greek Lamb Meatballs (select 1)
Entrees: Honey Citrus Glazed Ham, Rosemary Garlic Lamb Roast, Slow Braised Beef Bourguignon, Grilled Salmon, Lemon Sage Grilled Chicken. (select 2)
Sides: Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Classic Baked Mac & Cheese, Truffled Saffron Risotto, Haricots Verts, Grilled Asparagus, Charred Broccolini, Snow Pea & Fennel Salad, Salade Verte, Parker House Rolls. (select 3)
Dessert: Challah Bread Pudding, Lemon Poundcake, Mini Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cakes, Fresh Berries. Dessert options for kids: Fruity Peddled Cheesecake Bite, Peeps Skilley S’Mores, White & Dark Chocolate Bunny Bark, Easter Basket Cupcake. (select 1)
Note: Hors d’oeuvres can be added.
Price: $65 per adult/$25 per child under 12 (minimum of 4 guests)
Garces Trading Company
Meal: Easter for two
Pick Up/Delivery: Available.
Entree: Sliced Pineapple-Glazed Ham with Golden Raisin Mustard Sauce OR Kofta Spice Rubbed Leg of Lamb with Pomegranate Glaze, Ensalada Verde (select 1)
Sides: Garlic Mozzarella Mashed Potatoes
Honey Turmeric Carrots, Judias Verdes, Hot Cross Buns
Dessert: Lemon Blueberry Tarts
Note: Order by March 31st
High Street Philly
Available: Easter Basket
When: In the shop the week prior to Easter and on the Easter Bake Sale page starting March 24.
Pick Up/Delivery: Pick up only. At High Street Philly starting Saturday, April 3 and at Fork on Sunday, April 4.
Includes Madeleines, Macarons, Coconut Macaroons, "Peeps", Mini Carrot Cake, Pistachio-Rose White Chocolate Bark, Merengues
Note: Also, Challah and cinnamon raisin challah, cinnamon buns, easter baskets, flourless chocolate cake and carrot cake will be offered online starting on March 24 for pick up.
Meal: Family Style Easter Brunch
When: Sunday, April 4
Pick Up/Delivery: On-site event
Menu: Order off special Easter Menu including
Appetizers: Shrimp Cocktail, Caesar salad, Grilled Asparagus, Feta, Spring Onion Salad
Sliced Seasonal Fruit Display, Charcuterie, Cheese, and Bread Display
Entrees: Pan Seared Salmon, Glazed Pit Ham, Garlic Roasted Prime Rib,
Vegetable and Local Smoked Cheddar Frittata, Parsnip and Potato Mash, Truffled Crab Macaroni and Cheese
Desserts: Strawberry & Elderflower Frasier, Fruit Tarts, Assorted Cream Puffs,
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Popsicle, Lavender Madeleines.
Note: Comes with complimentary glass of bubbly.
Price: $65 per person. Half price for children.
Talula’s Table in Kennett Square
Available: 3-course Easter Dinner
Pick Up/Delivery: April 3 and April 4
Menu: For 3-course dinner: Petite Crab Bites, Local Honey Glazed Ham, New Potato Salad and Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Note: a la carte items and gourmet Easter Baskets also available.
Price: $35 per person for 3-course dinner
Details: email@example.com or 610.444.8255 to place your order before March 29.
When: Saturday, April 3
Pick Up/Delivery: On Saturday, April 3. Pick up 2-4 p.m. Delivery 4:30-6 p.m. to 19106, 19107, 19102, 19103
Entree: Chef carved ham or Slow roasted marinated lamb with jus
Sides: Mashed root vegetables, sautéed green vegetables, Spinach, feta, strawberry salad with raspberry vinaigrette
Note: Butternut Squash Soup, Lentil Vegetable Soup, Chocolate Espresso Cake, Fresh fruit or rugelach and mandelbrot can be added for $3 each.
Price: $17 per meal.
Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown
Meal: Easter Brunch
When: March 20 through April 4
Pick Up/Delivery: On-site event at the zoo.
Menu: Hearty brunch plus an Easter egg scavenger hunt, crafts, a photo op with the Easter bunny and meeting an educational animal and zoo admission.
Note: Available in tables for 2, 4 or 6
Price: Starts at $79.95 for a table for 2.
And for those who would rather skip right to the easter egg hunt:
Penn Township Easter Egg Hunt in Chester County
Date: Sunday, March 28.
Place: 355 N. Jennersville Road, West Grove, PA
Notes: Socially distant event including Easter egg hunt with prizes, a family-friendly deejay, story time by Avon Grove Library, low-contact games, an appearance by the Easter bunny and more. A sensory-friendly event with a quieter environment is also planned earlier the same day at 260 Lewis Road, West Grove, PA.
New Hope Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express
Date: through April 4
Place: New Hope Train Station
Notes: Hour-long ride on a turn of the century passenger coach with Easter Bunny handing out goodies. Tickets needed.
Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt in Wayne
Date: Saturday, March 20 starting at 8 p.m. (rain date: March 27)
Place: The Radnor Trail - Wayne Arts Center Entrance, 413 Maplewood Avenue
Notes: For 6th grade and up. Free but registration needed.
Pop Up Parks Easter Egg Hunts in Radnor Township
Date: Saturday, March 20 starting at 8 a.m.
Places: Clem Macrone Park, Radnor Nature Park, Odorisio Park, Petrie Park
Notes: Items will be hidden throughout the park for on-your-own hunts.
Enjoy the holiday, especially the foods, and here’s hoping it's the last holidays when we have to limit the number of guests around our tables.
by Irene Levy Baker, author, 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia and Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia. Both books are full of tips. Visit www.100ThingsToDoInPhiladelphia.com for more tips. Planning a staycation? Need gifts? Go to the website for signed copies of books. For free shipping, use promo code TheCityPulse.
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