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cappucino May 16, 2009 08:07 PM

Need a reasonably priced kosher caterer in the Philie area for a Sheva Brachos. Some guests have very stringent kashrut standards.

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    Prettypoodle May 18, 2009 09:26 PM

    Maybe this will work for your needs: http://www.shalomcateringinc.com/inde... I have enjoyed everything I have tried there and the prices seem reasonable too.

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      cappucino May 19, 2009 04:39 AM

      Finally! At least one response. Thanks.

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      avitrek May 19, 2009 01:49 PM

      Try Max and Davids. http://maxanddavids.com/ I've never had their catering, but the restaurant is great, so I assume the catering should be the same.

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        cheesecake17 May 19, 2009 02:06 PM

        agreed- the restaurant is awesome and the owner is very willing to please

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        RichardGee May 20, 2009 06:46 PM

        Dairy is an option. http://www.espressocafekosher.com/

        Probably cheaper too

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          blf609 May 21, 2009 09:33 AM

          Reasonably priced is a judgement call, but Betty the Caterer has excellent food and service. www.bettythecaterer.com. Used them for a Bat Mitvah and was very impressed.

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            Prettypoodle May 21, 2009 10:51 AM

            Betty did the "Jewish Heritage" night at the Phillies last summer. The food was AWFUL! The kinishes had obviously been frozen and reheated as they had that nasty "left in the freezer too long" taste. The hotdogs were horribly burned, the desserts were pre packeaged by Betty and had HANNUKAH stickers on the bags. I dunno, I could possibly be worng, but I have never heard of Hanukkah falling anywhere near August!
            My husband and I sat at the picnic tables right by the Kosher stand attempting to enjoy our food and we noticed that there were virtually no customers there who appered to be observant (ie: women in skirts and modest dress and few if any kippahs on any men's heads) yet there were MANY such fans at the game. We sat there for a long time as we went to the game very early. It made me wonder if Betty's standards are not accepatable by the more observant.
            I could never use Betty after that fiasco!

          2. JugglerDave May 21, 2009 05:00 PM

            Axelrod food designs did a great job with our son's bris with a great spread of nice bagels, lox (very high quality lox) and other fish, and good quiches. I think they do a lot of delivery platters. Their website shows a menu with extensive hot entrees as well.
            http://www.flower-florist.com/

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              cappucino May 23, 2009 07:06 PM

              I don't see any Kashrut certification at all mentioned on the site for Axelrod. Am I missing something?

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                queenscook May 23, 2009 07:48 PM

                Out of curiosity (since I'm not in the Philly area), I looked at the site. They do have some sort of certificate posted, but it expired June 2008. It was from a Conservative group called The Rabbinical Assembly, Mid-Atlantic Region. The Rav I use for kashrut questions nixxed that agency.

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              vallevin May 24, 2009 05:56 AM

              I may be repeating information, here is a link to kosher establishments, including caterers in Philly
              http://philly-direct.com/frum/vaad.html. Keystone K is local vaad, very reliable.

              here is a link from Lower Merion Synagogue with some additional caterers.
              http://www.lmsonline.org/kitchen.pdf

              can't say anything about the prices

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                amazing Jan 12, 2010 05:46 AM

                I used Barclay Caterers for my wedding. I know they also do smaller events and work with all budgets.

                My guests told me and my family over and over that this was the best food they've ever eaten at a wedding.

                When we first started looking for a kosher caterer, it appeared that our options were limited. We wanted someone a little more upscale, a little more gourmet, then Betty the Caterer and I'm sure I never would have found out about Barclay if a neighbor hadn't casually mentioned them in conversation, which is why I feel compelled to write a review here. Steve's dedication not only to our food, but to helping our entire wedding day run smoothly was unparalleled. Although he is not a glatt kosher caterer, he provided glatt meals to those who requested them in an elegant way -- no shrink-wrapped reminders of airline food at this wedding! If friends called him with kashrut concerns he answered them graciously and explicitly so they knew exactly what their practices are. We served lamb and salmon and both were delicious. I didn't get a taste of dessert, but my friends all said it was superb. Barclay's also provided the wedding cake, which (before I smashed it into my groom's face) was absolutely delicious -- a miracle if you've ever had a parve wedding cake.

                Steve was very flexible and helped us pick the best catering options for our affair. He was very professional and a pleasure to work with. Quality comes at a price (about $130 a head) but for your guests to praise your wedding meal as the best they've ever consumed, I think it was worth it.

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                  Prettypoodle Jan 27, 2010 09:42 AM

                  We used Barclay too and were VERY pleased. I am always thrilled when I find they are catering the meal as I know I may not love the entree choice but if it is something I will atleast eat (I am so not a brisket eatter, ICK! and I could live without salmon) it will be very tastey! They are also very willing to work with your budget, what ever it may be.

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