Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Kosher >
Feb 9, 2011 11:42 AM

Passover programs 2011

We (all 18 of us) are considering the Passover program at The Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stoxxe, VT.
The info on the internet states that Greenwald Caterers will be providing the food.

Have any of you heard of the hotel or caterer? How about rates for the week?

Thanks for your feedback.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. If it's Greenwald from NJ, their food and service have been wonderful in my experience. Never was with them for a Passover program, but for bar mitzvahs and weddings....

      1. Greenwald Caterers has an excellent reputation. I have been to affairs they have catered. From a food perspective you cannot go wrong. Stowe vermont is very pretty. It is in the mountains and it is also a great ski resort. The Trapp family moved there when they left Austria. They even set up a resort of their own in Stowe.

        The only problem is that the weather may be "iffy" at that time of the year in Stowe, VT. It might be cold and rainy and there might even be some snow. Find out if there is still skiing at that time of the year. The hotel also has a great reputation so there might be a indoor things to do if the weather is bad.

        It is definitely not a warm weather destination at that time of the year. Its not the time of the year where you will be able to use an outdoor pool unless it is well heated. You have decide if this matters or not.

        6 Replies
        1. re: Elliotu

          Pesach is very late this year, not starting until April 19. I really doubt that there would be decent skiing in Vermont at that point.

          Greenwald catered two of my siblings' weddings within the last two years. My family has been very happy with them, but my understanding is that they offer a very wide range of food options, and that it's very much 'you get what you pay for.' They're capable of doing an upscale wedding, or chulent-and-kugels; I'd ask what sort of food they're providing before committing.

          1. re: GilaB

            It will be early spring in Vermont. Too muddy on the trails for good mountain hiking and too warm for skiing. And still chilly at night, you are in the mountains and snow happens in the mountains in April. No one except an Jew looking for a good price on a Passover package travels to Vermont at this time of year. That is why the caterers can rent the hotel and bring in the Passover program at a good price.

            The town itself is charming, as are the nearby towns, but things like antique shops and museums in this and nearby towns may not be open in April.

            1. re: AdinaA

              U would think so(cheap) but check the website the rates are no metsiah.

              1. re: MAHOSCH

                Just called and some guy Bruce called me back , the prices are pretty good...just ask for a good deal...he seems pretty fair....

                Still thinking about though...but if we can I would like to go..I have a lot of old memories about the area

          2. re: Elliotu

            I have used to go to school nearby, the weather in April is usually better tha n people think, being that it is late April it could actually be quite pleasnt an besides Greenwald being an outsnatding caterer, the hotel is really nice, my parents used to stay at Topnotch someimes when they came to vsit VT and it is goregous....definetly worth considering, my wife and are thinking of going there if we end up going away....
            As for shopping I do not remember things closing in April....but that is for Stowe and Middlebury...

            1. re: lutherjensen

              Good point. Based on this, we might go to that program

          3. Has anyone heard anything about the Passover program held in Lancaster Pennsylvania.? It is run by the Jewish Heritage Center.

            1 Reply
            1. re: Elliotu

              MY INLAWS WENT THERE LAST YEAR. The food is plentiful good and tasty. The program is very good. One issue they had is they pack the place, well over 1k people so the buffets are very long and elevators long wait and pool very crowded. That may not bother you but for older people its an issue. otherwise great

            2. I would check out the Westin Fort Lauderdale. Majestic is agreat program and their qouted rates are very reasonable. Beach, Hot weather, what could be bad. BTW if you want skiing there are two programs in Quebec/montreal.

              2 Replies
              1. re: MAHOSCH

                Anyone hear or know anything about the new for this year program by Gemstar in the Gaylord Palms Orlando? we are thinking of booking and cant find any info.

                1. re: MAHOSCH

                  I passed bye the outside of the hotel and it appears to be gorgeous but I have no clue about the food or program.