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Help! Going to my first Seder.

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I would like to bring a food to my first Seder I feel very honored to be invited. Being a Gentile, I have no clue where there are any Jewish bakeries on the North Shore. Thanks.

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  1. I think an important first step is to figure out how observant your host is. Some Jews forsake only bread during Passover while others will only eat foods certified Kosher for Passover, even items like seltzer. To answer your question about bakeries, most Kosher bakeries close for the entire Passover holiday. If your host's guidelines are somewhat relaxed, you can go to a nice bakery that sells Passover desserts, i.e., those items that do not have flour or leaveners. In the Boston area, Clearflour has an extensive list of Passover desserts including macaroons and flourless chocolate cake. Now that I've overcomplicated matters, I am going to suggest a nice assortment of chocolates from Barton's, available at Costco.

    1. Well, the North Shore is a large area - there's Newman's Bakery on Humphrey St. in Swampscott. Not the best, but it's Kosher. And in Peabody - well, I never did get there - but some time ago, we were talking about Zucker's (or is it now called Anthony's?) 4 Lake St. in Peabody: 978-535-5335. They are supposed to have really good challah.

      I'm also gentile, & have been to a couple of Seders. There's a synagogue in Swampscott that has a truly wonderful ecumenical Seder for the local community. I was also honored to attend last year.

      I found this site that might help, also: http://tinyurl.com/2le4cf.

      (I'd definately ask about what you should bring, though...)

      1. or you could bring a kosher wine--there are some good ones now.

        1. Yes, you should definitely ask-- if your host is reasonably observant, chances are that some kosher (for passover) wine or nice fresh fruit (or even something nonedible like flowers) may be your best bet.

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          1. re: another_adam

            Yes, and chances are, if they are holding a seder, they are at least moderately observant..which would certainly mean no challah or trips to a bakery.....!

          2. It's nice of you to think of this, but - Jewish bakeries usually closed for Passover--too hard to switch everything over! If you are set on bringing dessert, find a big Stop and shop and go to the passover aisle and buy macaroons and candies. there are sometimes kosher for passover cakes in the freezer section.

            The Butcherie in Brookline is the mothership for kosher for Passover food.

            Good wine or flowers might be easier to procure.

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            1. re: Bluebell

              This week's Stop & Shop circular has a list of which stores are considered Passover superstores.

            2. Whole Foods has a great selection of Passover desserts.

              1. I agree with those who recommend that you bring wine. Any fine wine story should have a good selection of quality passover wines. If you want to bring baked goods, go to a place like Bakers Best in Newton or Vickie Lee Boyajian in Belmont, which, while not Jewish bakeries, will have a good assortment of Passover cookies and other baked goods.

                1. Rosie's Bakeries (all locations, I believe) have some nice Passover desserts as well.

                  1. Go to Rosies. Buy some chocolate covered matzoh to bring. You will be adored.

                    1. Folks, please keep the discussion here focused on local options that meet taxi's needs.

                      taxi, if you are looking for general advice on what to bring to a seder, we strongly suggest you post on the Kosher board. Many more people (who may be faced with the same question) will benefit from the information if it's on that board. And the posters most interested in discussing that type of question are more likely to give you advice if the question is on that board. Thanks!

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                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                        If they are completely Kosher , than on the North Shore you can go to Larry Levines Kosher Meats in Peabody on Lowell street and everything should be safe to bring.They have packaged cakes, cookies and candies that are shipped in from New York. You can buy the stuff now but they will be closed on Saturday and on Passover. They will probably be open Sunday. Otherwise I have seen nice kosher for passover wines at various liquor stores. Just make sure it says 'kosher for passover' on it. Whole foods does have fancy desserts although if they are strict kosher then that is probably not an option. and there is a fancy kosher bakery right near The Butcherie on Beacon Street in Brookline. If you want to shlep to Brookline The Butcherie does have a huge supply of stuff that would all be safe for Passover. Zuckers in West Peabody will definitely be closed and is doing no Passover foods and probably Newmans in Swampscott is the same. Malden and Swampscott have lots of Passover items in their Stop and Shops, and pretty much all supermarkets will have something like candy and cakes. There were some fancy looking cakes in Swampscott Stop and shop at the top of the Passover aisle. Just read the label for the kosher for passover statement. Or it may just have a "K" and a "P" . If you are friendly with the people you could just ask if you can bring something, otherwise just a sweet from the kosher places to be completely safe or flowers or passover wine would be great. Passover is supposed to be all about inviting people into your home to share the holiday so if you just brought yourself and nothing else, they would be happy. anything else you bring is just an extra treat..Have fun!