In the end we made guacamole and spiced gefilte fish as appetizers (rub was smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper) and we served some corn bread, cole slaw (vinegar based), roasted green beans and quinoa. I got the recipe for texas chili from cooks illustrated and it was delicious. I recently signed up for the on-line content and would highly recommend it. Thanks for the suggestions.
Jicama & Mango Slaw-slight kick of cilantro and lime
Corn Bread with Poblano
Gazpacho (watermelon gazpacho even better=)
Chips, Salsa & Guac
Buffalo wings with parve "Ranch" Aioli and celery/carrot spears
Grilled corn salad with edamame & diced red onion
Classic slaw always a good idea
If you are looking to buttress you meal entirely, you can add flour tortillas, and then incorporate the chili, guac, salsa, and maybe even add grilled chicken or the like and VIOLA.....soft tacos!!!
1) Set the oven for 375
2) Grease a casserole dish and add the following:
2 cans corn
2 cans CREAMED corn (It's pareve, doesn't contain actual cream)
4 tsp sugar
sprinkle of salt
3) Mix everything right there in the dish
4) Bake 30-40 mins, until a knife or toothpick
Romaine Salad with avocado and tomatoes if you can get these where you live without breaking the bank. You could also do guacamole or even (perish the thought) buy kosher guacamole, not as good as the "real thing," but avocados are pricey right now. Also for dessert a pareve chocolate cake or cookies. We also like to do corn something or other, muffins, corn bread, chips. If you want romaine without the avocado and tomatoes there are a number of vegan Ceaser style salad recipes around that would also work well.