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Kosher Catering

I know some Jews who are planning on getting married in the Triangle area and are looking for a Kosher or Kosher-Style caterer. I realize that most venues have their preferred list, but does anyone have any experience with caterers in the area and bonus for them if they do well with the Kosher/Kosher-Style concept.

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  1. You might post this under the Kosher board on chowhound -

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    1. re: weinstein5

      It wouldn't be too helpful. There aren't many posters on that board from the Triangle other than me.

    2. It depends on entirely which synagogue they want to use. It's not so much a "preferred" list at Beth Meyer and Sha'arei Israel, it's more like "These are the only ones we allow in our kitchen" list. I can't speak to Beth Or or the Cary reform at all. BTW, Sha'arei Israel has a brand spanking new event hall and kitchen. The kitchen has no equipment in it yet, though, so the proposed wedding date would make a difference.

      If they're going off-site such as in a hotel, park, private venue, etc., then the choices are completely open. Most caterers can accomodate your wishes for kosher-style, as long as you are explicit in your requests. True kosher takes a bit more work around here and your friends would do best to consult with the rabbi who is doing the ceremony.

      As far as kosher-style goes, I know that Catering Works and Bruce Kaplan at Kaplan Catering have experience with it. Jill at Catering Works is excellent and her stylist EW is quite talented. As with any wedding caterer, your friends need to attend an event and sample food to make sure they are getting what they want.

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      Kaplan Catering
      230 Newton Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

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      1. re: rockycat

        For his daughters Bat-Mitzah my cousin used Sage and Swift, the catering arm of Watts Grocery.

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        Watts Grocery
        1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

        1. re: rockycat

          I had heard of CateringWorks, Kaplans and.. Mitchell's I believe it was. Proposed date is late June.

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            I've read some mixed reviews on Mitchell's. I have emailed Sage and Swift and have yet to hear back from them. Kaplan has yet to return my 2nd email.

        2. I know Arthur & Anya Gordon at the Irregardless Cafe do kosher catering. I've had several meals they catered in private homes and at Beth Meyer. They've been excellent.

          See: http://www.irregardless.com/page.php?...

          1. Since they would consider "kosher style," I'm guessing that they (or their relatives) are not off-the-hook observant. In that case, any caterer willing to do an all vegetarian meal, or something with fish (must have scales and fins, so no seafood, catfish, etc.) would be fine.

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            1. re: durhamois

              I was just thinking of that being veg & having been to many Indian restaurants in NYC with kosher diners.
              So there is Sage Restaurant in Chapel HIll & Udipi Cafe & Tower as well.

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              Udipi Cafe
              3300 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Ste J, Duluth, GA 30096

              1. re: durhamois

                They are looking for meat and no dairy if I didn't mention. They are fairly observant, but realize that conditions in the South do not mirror what can be had in the North with out some provisions.

                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  I some observant family's that have brought in Kosher Caterers from out of state. If they are interested I can follow up for them.

                  1. re: chazzer

                    I think the idea was entertained, but the cost of bringing foods in and whether the venue's would charge a hefty fee for going off the catering list was a cause for concern.

              2. On a different note, has anyone had a rehearsal dinner in Durham and can recommend good, but not super pricey places? If they have a private room, that is a bonus. I know that Revolution has a private downstairs. It does not have to be kosher though having a few fish or vegetarian options would be good.

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                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  I recommend you contact either Beth El Synagogue in Durham, or Beth Meyer in Raleigh. Both would know about kosher caterers in the area. However, every kosher Jewish event I have ever been to in North Carolina has been fish/dairy, not meat.

                  Not that many great options in Durham for venues with private rooms. Parazade. Dos Perros. But I would definitely go with Revolution.

                  Awhile back I heard something about a vineyard opening up out Hwy 751 past Southpoint, and they will have a room for private events.

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                  Dos Perros
                  200 N Mangum St. Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701

                  1. re: durhamois

                    Do you mean Chatham Hill Winery? They are near Lake Crabtree Park and turn their space into a special event space in the evenings:

                    http://www.chathamhillwine.com/reserv...

                    1. re: durhamois

                      Thanks Durhamois. Yeah I think Parizade and Revolution are on the list as well as Tosca (which I know nothing about as far as quality) and I suggested Watts. Not sure if some restaurants would close down for a special event. Looking at 60 or so people. The other option is to have a caterer come in. I had also suggested Fearrington and Herons.

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                      Parizade
                      2200 W Main St, Durham, NC 27705

                      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                        I heard that Tosca is closing. Not a huge loss. They do have a private room. I think an Italian red sauce place is going in there.

                        The vineyard is this:
                        http://www.vineyardsatsouthpoint.com/

                  2. As an update, I think the couple said they were going to go with Mitchell's any one had experience with them?