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Apr 19, 2012 10:42 AM

Entertaining/Feeding 5 Israelis for 5 days in Chicago - Work Related:)

Hello Kosher Chowhounders!

As the only kosher keeping person in a 400 employee company, I have been assigned the task of feeding and entertaining 5 Israeli visitors who also keep kosher:).

If anyone has suggestions regarding how I would feed them, they would be most welcome. Our offices are on the south side of the city, close to U.S.Cellular field.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

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  1. If they're spending their days with you then your best (only?) bet is coordinating with MetroKlub downtown or the restaurants on the North Side/Skokie to provide some sort of catering. That's really it.

    Bagel Country could provide breakfast trays or, if you think they'd be okay with it you could get fresh fruit/fruit trays from some place like Corner Bakery or Jewel.

    For lunch, you can get deli trays from Jewel in Evanston, Hungarian, Romanian, Sandwich Club or MetroKlub.

    For dinner, just coordinate trips up North.

    Any way you slice it, it will be a clusterf&*k just because you're so far away from everything.

    6 Replies
    1. re: ferret

      For some reason that I cannot for the life of me fathom, Israelis hate deli platters. They also will be disappointed by "Israeli-style" food.

      Can you have some very American-style fried or BBQ chicken and apple pie brought in? Sushi?

      1. re: SoCal Mother

        I was actually thinking of doing a dinner at my house one evening and catering from Tailgators - they have all sorts of BBQ stuff. Not counting Shallot's which is our only presentable place for supper, I suppose I have to discount Taboun and Manghal since they are "Israeli". Oy vey, this is going to be so very hard...
        Thanks guys!

        1. re: lenchik

          Chicago sucks in general for Kosher diners, but your geographic limitations double the suck factor.

          To mix things up, don't forget Tein Li Chow or Srulie's.

          1. re: lenchik

            I agree with ferret - do not forget Tein Li Chow and Srulies - but I would not discount Taboun even though it is Israeli - the food is excellent - I also think Taboun is presentable for meals as well - even though it can be a bit loud

            I also agree with Chicago tail gators - their food is excellent

            Also check with EJs Pizzeria - the pizza is great and I do think they deliver as well -

            1. re: weinstein5

              Yes, TLC! Don't know how I forgot them, my sister only worked there for like 4 years:)
              Actually, I might have them cater a lunch here - can't imagine that they would charge more then $50 for delivery. Or would they:)

              Thanks guys! I will let you all know what came out of all this...

              1. re: lenchik

                Their delivery fees are on their website and they only list as far as downtown, but I doubt they'll charge more than $50 to your location:

                "If you live outside of our Free delivery area, or if your order is under $25, the following delivery fees may apply. Please note that during peak business hours we may not always be able to deliver small orders under $25.

                Down Town (Rush Hour) $35
                Down Town (Slow Time) $30"

      2. Israelis love basketball. For a real treat, go to the United Center for a Bulls game (or a Blackhawks game, if they survive). There is a kosher hot dog stand there under CRC certification.

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        1. re: chicago maven

          Oh my Gosh, yes! We are doing that - our company has season passes to Bulls and White Sox. We are also taking them to Briar Street one evening to see Blue Man Group. Still freaking out about the food:) I want to see if I can arrange something through Spertus.

          1. re: lenchik

            That is right - Wolfgang Puck is still doing the kosher catering through spertus -

        2. There is now another option. I saw this in one of the Shabbos sheets this past week:

          Working late downtown and need your kosher dinner order delivered? Yoni Kirschner at "Chicago Kosher Dinner" 773.682.7749, will deliver your restaurant order, on time.

          1. Don't forget that there are 2 food court stations under the /cRc\ at the University of Chicago, which is on the South Side of Chicago.

            One is located at 5640 S University Ave, Fl 2
            The other is located at 6025 S Ellis St, which is also newer and somewhat nicer. It's also open during Chol HaMoed Pesach.

            They both are buffet style, which means there's an entrance fee & you can eat as much as you can. I think the Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. & Dinner hours are 4:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for both.

            5 Replies
            1. re: KA2CSH

              I'm told the food is pretty good and VERY inexpensive.

              1. re: chicago maven

                Well, the math at a buffet style place is:

                The more you eat, the cheaper it becomes, no! ;-)

                1. re: KA2CSH

                  Actually, it is not an all- you- can- eat buffet. It is a cafeteria style set up and you can choose the food you want but someone plates it for you. Still, it is very inexpensive; more what you would expect in a non-kosher restaurant.

              2. re: KA2CSH

                Maybe it's just me, but the original request was on how best to feed 5 business guests who keep Kosher. Somehow, "school cafeteria" doesn't convey the right level of hospitality.

                1. re: ferret

                  Yup, so far I have been sticking to Metroklub for lunches and Metrokclub double-wrapped deliveries to their hotel for dinners. Tonight they are going to the Bulls game, so there is a kosher concession stand there (thank G-d). Tomorrow's lunch is MK of course:) and Shallot's for supper. This is stressful:)