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Jan 2, 2008 10:10 AM

Ideas for catering a birthday for a Jewish friend?

Hi guys,

A friend of mine has volunteered to cater a birthday party for another of our friend's Birthdays and after some fruitless consultations with the internet - he has asked me if I knew anything about Jewish BDay food traditions - which of course I don't (I'm Buddhist), but I figured where else could i get better food info than from Chowhound - so here I am!


Are there any traditional foods or special requirements / must haves for such an event? I think the birthday person is "Orthodox" Jewish if that would make any difference. Any advice or recommendations on this would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

- Chew :-D

(Sorry for the cross-post from the Washington, DC forum, but was recommended to post here for greater response)

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  1. I don't know of any pan-Jewish birthday traditions but each Jewish sub-culture has any assortment of birthday traditions. So, depending on where your friend is from, he may like chicken soup or shawarma or grilled fish or whatever. A big kosher meal is probably the only thing that all observant Jews would agree on. :-)

    FWIW, if your friend is indeed orthodox, I'm guessing you'll have to order the food and not make it yourself, as your or your other friend's kitchen would need to be otherwise kashered (made kosher), which seems a bit over the top.