How do I provide a kosher meal for my fiance's dad at my wedding? [moved topic from Los Angeles board]
My fiance's dad keeps kosher, and I would like to serve him a kosher meal at our wedding (the rest of the reception food -- at the City Club -- will not be kosher). Dad is definitely a chowhound.
Is this even possible?
Have you talked to the manager of the venue? I have to think that this is not an uncommon concern.
Try to contact a local Orthodox Synagogue, which may be able to point you to a kosher caterer or restaurant that can provide the meal. Plan on serving him with plastic utensils that are brand new. The unopened box of utensils is even the best way to assure him that they are "kosher".
Plan on cold dairy meal or a cold meat meal, as the kitchen will not be "kosher-enough" to heat the food in the ovens. (Although some people think that by triple wrapping in aluminium foil is an acceptable barrier).
You must ask your future father-in-law how "kosher" the meal needs to be.
Plastic utensils? Yuck. Please don't. you just need utensils and plates that have not been used before, and order a meal from a local kosher restaurant. Otherwise, you may be able to order one meal complete with a setting from a kosher caterer, but all that troube for one setting will probably cost you wayyyyyy more than if you choose the first option.
Check out the Kosher board. There are a few recommendations of kosher restaurants. I am sure that most of them can package a meal to go. I was just at a wedding and this came up. The caterer gave new utensils and plates to the place that made the meals so everyone had the same place settings.
I agree with pikawicca--just ask the manager or whoever is coordinating your catering at the site. Bliebman2 is also on target--ask your dad how kosher it needs to be...some people will be concerned about the utensils, the oven it was cooked in, etc., but there are also plenty of people who consider themselves to be keeping kosher who will not care about these things. Or they may be comfortable with some sort of middleground, such as the tinfoil wrap. So ask Dad before going to a lot of trouble. Even before contacting the manager.