• Irene Levy Baker

Springing for Easter & Passover Meals


Kelly Drive. Photo by Rachel Baker.

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.


PASSOVER MEALS


Abe Fisher

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

Menu:

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.

Price: $100

Details: https://abe-fisher.square.site



Matzah Toffee Bark. Photo courtesy of Feast Your Eyes.

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.

Menu:

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.

Price: varies

Details: https://feastyoureyescatering.com/feastwellfoodsmenu/passover

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.

Menu:

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.

Details: https://www.cantinafeliz.com

Constellation Culinary

Meal: Family-style Passover Seder

Pick Up/Delivery: Pick up starts March 26 and runs throughout the holiday. Delivery available starting March 26.

Menu:

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)

Details: https://constellationculinary.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/CCG-Spring-Holiday-Menu-Collection-2021.pdf


Photo courtesy of High Street Market Hospitality Group.

Fork

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.

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.

Price: $150

Details: https://www.exploretock.com/forkrestaurant/experience/239662/passover-dinner-box-for-two?date=2021-03-27&size=1&time=12%3A00


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.

Menu:

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

Details: https://www.exploretock.com/highstreetonmarket/


Frieda

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)

Menu:

Appetizer: Charoset

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.

Details: https://friedaforgenerations.com/dinner-meal-plan/


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).

Price: varies

Details: https://classiccake.com/shop/


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


EASTER MEALS


Constellation Culinary

Photo courtesy of Constellation Culinary.

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.

Menu:

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)

Details: https://constellationculinary.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/CCG-Spring-Holiday-Menu-Collection-2021.pdf


Garces Trading Company

Meal: Easter for two

When: Varies

Pick Up/Delivery: Available.

Menu:

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

Price: $110-150

Details: https://garcestradingcompany.com/packages?mc_cid=319c27d5a7&mc_eid=c6ace9b31b#occasionshttp://


Photo courtesy High Street Hospitality Group.

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.

Menu:

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.

Price: varies

Details: https://www.exploretock.com/highstreetonmarket/


Sofitel Hotel

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.

Details: https://www.sofitel-philadelphia.com/happenings/easter/


Gourmet Easter Basket from Talula's Table.

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: info@talulastable.com or 610.444.8255 to place your order before March 29.


Frieda

Meal: Easter

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

Menu:

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.

Details: https://friedaforgenerations.com/dinner-meal-plan/


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.

Details: https://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/easter-brunch/


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.

Details: https://www.penntownship.us/home/news/penn-township-easter-egg-hunt


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.

Details: https://www.newhoperailroad.com/easterbunnyexpress/


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.

Details: https://radnorpa.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29925


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.

Details: https://www.radnor.com/DocumentCenter/View/23648/Pop-Up-Egg-Hunts-Multi-Location-Flyer-2021


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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