Together, Rosh Hashana, which starts at sundown on October 3, and Yom Kippur, which starts at sundown on October 11, mark the High Holy Days of the Jewish calendar. They celebrate, respectively, the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement, when Jews review the past year of their lives and pray to repent. Yom Kippur is also a day of fasting, so many Jewish families mark it with a special meal in the afternoon before sundown and the break fast meal after sundown the following day. Many families have their own traditions of what to serve, but most are based on traditional Jewish dishes that include mazto ball soup, noodle kugel and roasted chicken.
Eve Kaplan-Walbretch of Garden of Eve farm in Riverhead likes to serve organic spinach from her farm to make her mother’s creamed spinach. (Recipe below.) Or you can order from a number of local restaurants and caterers to feed just two people or a crowd. Menus and prices are below.
Mom Walbrecht’s Creamed Spinach
1 lb fresh local spinach (organic if possible)
¼ cup cream (use milk for low-fat version)
1 tbsp butter
½ cup grated cheese (cheddar or whatever type you like)
A small amount of flour to thicken
Thoroughly wash spinach by floating it in cold water. Steam. Press excess water out of spinach. Put spinach back into a saucepan and add cream, butter and cheese and stir until melted and mixed. Add a few pinches flour, as desired, to thicken.
Want to leave it to the pros? The local restaurants and caterers below will make all your holiday dreams come true.
Harbor Market in Sag Harbor
From matzo ball soup to roasted sweet potatoes with apples and honey, Harbor Market has it all. Check out their entire Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur menu here.
Sydney’s Taylor Made in Westhampton Beach
Start your new year with gruyere puffs and finish it with apple spice cake — all courtesy of Sydney’s Taylor Made. Check out their complete menu.
Art of Eating in Amagansett
Art of Eating elevates food to art all year — and especially on holidays. You won’t want to miss their smoked fish display (from $6-35 per pound). Here’s their menu.
Townline BBQ in Sagaponack
Celebrate the High Holy Days the “down home” way. Townline BBQ’s Texan Rosh Hashanah package includes roasted pumpkin soup, beef short ribs, brisket, beets, carrots, and more. Drool over the rest of their menu here.
Featured photo by Randee Daddona.