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Rosh Hashanah Chow

With the new baby there's no way I'll be able to pull of Rosh Hashanah dinner so I'm looking to contract out the chopped liver, the brisket, and the kugel.

Any recommendations? Does baker's best do these things justice? I work in Newton and live in Framingham so Boston/Cambridge establishments are out.

TIA

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  1. Avoid Whole Foods Hoiiday dinner menu. It's not very tasty. Sorry I can't be more positive and give a rec. Someone will come through, I'm sure.

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    1. Yep, Baker's Best is definitely your best bet, esp since you work in Newton. They put together a menu for Rosh Hashana and you can grab one & then order what you'll need, in advance. Good luck.

      1. Bakers Best is good, their chopped liver particularly so. However, I find the place way too chaotic to deal with, especially during the holidays. As a result, we usually order from Vicky Lee Boyajian in Needham, whose food is often better than Bakers Best, too. That said, Vicky Lee Boyajian no longer owns her namesake restaurant, and she has opened up a new place in Belmont; we almost certainly will give it a try this year for the holidays.

        (You can read more in this Boston Business Journal article: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/sto... .)

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        1. re: Blumie

          Vickie Lee's closed several months ago. The team reopened an an upscale restaurant called "Quince" which serves only dinner and does do catering. The Chef is quite flexible and will do anything you ask. I had him grill some Tuna and make an asian noodle salad for a dinner party last summer (when they were still Vickie Lee's) and he did a great job although I had more food than I needed. I'm assuming you don't want kosher food since you didn't mention it but you could try kosher establishments like The Butcherie on Harvard St. or Gordon & Alperin on Comm. Ave. They are a supermarket and a butcher respectively, not caterers, but you may be able to get the basics like chopped liver.

        2. If you are in Framingham, you could always try Joan and Ed's Deli on Rte. 9...Baker's Best is probably better, but at least it gives you another option...

          1. You may want to keep an eye on the development of Centre Market, which will be on Commonwealth Ave. just east of Centre Street. It's going to be a glatt kosher market in the strip where Bodavi Bakery is/was. The kosher butcher Gordon and Alperin is moving across the street to join them. The market was supposed to open this spring but progress has been slow. With Rosh Hashana somewhat late this year, perhaps they'll be open in time for the high holy days.

            1. This may not be helpful, but the brisket and kugel are VERY easy to prepare in advance and freeze. I have great, simple recipes that don't require a lot of prep time. The brisket is super simple - if you interested, reply and I will send them to you. I have not had success with chopped liver, I "farm" that out too.

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              1. re: Diane in Bexley

                Thanks Diane. I too prepare these dishes in advancce but I'll be working all week and want to spend free time with the baby so store bought it will be :-S

                1. re: Diane in Bexley

                  Diane,

                  If you need a good chopped liver recipe- I have one that is great. it is made with chicken livers.

                2. I would suggest Hurwitz's Kosher Market on 126, not far from downtown Framingham. It is small, but seems to have been there for a long time, and I have gotten things from them before for both Passover and Rosh Hashana (including chopped liver)- we were pleased.

                  1. I second Hurwitz's. They are so great to have in metrowest and have great stuff. Even though it's a small place they have everything you could want.