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Kosher catering at Fairway (NY area)

iris Dec 4, 2012 05:09 PM

Just discovered that they have recently begun a Kosher catering dept. http://www.fairwaymarket.com/files/ca... Has anyone tried them?

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    shoelace RE: iris Dec 4, 2012 07:40 PM

    looks like its at westbury too and the prices, by catering standards, are pretty decent

    1. bagelman01 RE: iris Dec 5, 2012 07:08 AM

      I looked at the pages on the link, and this appears to just be cooked food for takeout, party platters, meals, etc. Not what I would call traditional catering.

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        shoelace RE: bagelman01 Dec 5, 2012 07:40 AM

        this is the type of catering that a supermarket would provide

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          bagelman01 RE: shoelace Dec 5, 2012 11:20 AM

          sorry, I am a retired caterer. Selling prepared food and meals for takeout is not catering.
          There is nothing wrong with Fairway selling prepared food and meals, I've bought from them in Stamford, but this is not catering.

          A basic definition of catering: Catering is the business of providing food service at a remote site or a site such as a hotel, public house (pub), or other location.

          A major component lacking in the sale of prepared food and meals by a supermarket is 'food service' all that setup, heating, serving, breakdown, etc. done by the caterers' staff at your hall, home or at the caterers' venue.
          Just providing food to go and charging by the pound, tray or person does not turn a supermarket into a catererer.

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            cheesecake17 RE: bagelman01 Dec 5, 2012 11:26 AM

            I definitely agree with you. In my opinion, if I'm going to clean up, I might as well do most/ some of the cooking too.

            Thinking about how the word "catering" is used, most supermarkets offer the same type of catering- large scale takeout or prepared food. It's not catering... But let them call it what they want

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              bagelman01 RE: cheesecake17 Dec 5, 2012 11:56 AM

              my point was that the word 'caterering' is being misused. Acceptance of misuse of words and terms brings a breakdown in communications and misunderstandings, and even hard feelings.

              If I was looking for a kosher caterer, and entered caterer or caterering in the search box on this board, I would resent wasting my time reading results about takeout prepared food sources who are not providing caterering services.

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                shoelace RE: bagelman01 Dec 5, 2012 12:27 PM

                this is whats considered standard for supermarket catering, which is, like you said, basically large scale take out

                when the OP listed it as catering from fairway, given that fairway is a supermarket, it was implied in the title, and anyway looking through chowhound in the area, who saw fairway in the title would have gotten a link to exactly what they were expecting from a combo of the words fairway and catering

                no, its not whats generally considered catering in the normal world, but during this season, when people are getting together with family, sometimes on various levels of kosher standards, or none at all, when its not hosted at the kosher house, large scale takeout/supermarket catering is the more doable option then have to shlep all of ones own serving stuff and spilling ziti all over the floor of ones own car, specially when they deliver

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                avitrek RE: cheesecake17 Dec 5, 2012 12:22 PM

                Whether they call it catering or not is semantics. I still think the service is useful. Most kosher supermarkets will provide a similar service, and I can think of multiple instances where I'd want to use it. Shiva platter, large family meal where you don't want to cook, casual shul meal where you want to save a little money, party in your home, etc... In fact, I will probably look to see what they can do for a superbowl party.

                If you want help, you can hire someone separately from a staffing agency to do setup/cleanup. If the venue requires a mashgiach you could even hire an interdependent mashgiach. But those are now all options you can decide instead of mandatory requirements from a full service caterer.

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            cheesecake17 RE: bagelman01 Dec 5, 2012 10:18 AM

            That's how their non kosher catering works too.

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              bagelman01 RE: cheesecake17 Dec 5, 2012 11:23 AM

              please see my reply to shoelace, kosher or treif is not the issue, this just is not caterering, it's takeout on a lerger scale.

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            iris RE: iris Dec 5, 2012 01:10 PM

            I posted using the title that Fairway uses - "kosher catering". Fairway offers this in 3 locations and they deliver, so it could be very helpful to a lot of folks. If anyone is happier calling it takeout, it's not important to me.

            But I'd like to get back to the actual question - would love to hear from anyone who has tried the food?

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              bagelman01 RE: iris Dec 5, 2012 02:17 PM

              Yes I have eaten the cooked prepared party trays items: turkey meatballs in marinara, chicken wings and Korean BBQ ribs last Sunday at an afternoon meeting at a cousins' house in NJ.
              The main course that was ordered was salmon, and I don't eat it, so I can't comment.
              The party tray items were good, not great, but may have suffered in the reheating. I personally felt they were heavy on salt. But the meat was flavorful and tender.

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                iris RE: bagelman01 Dec 5, 2012 02:54 PM

                Thanks very much, I appreciate your input.

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              helou RE: iris Dec 5, 2012 04:59 PM

              Is it food they cook themselves, or are the repackaging takeout from other places like Meal Mart? Does the UWS store offer this service?

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                shoelace RE: helou Dec 5, 2012 05:25 PM

                if their own food,

                i havent had it through their catering, but ive had through their hashgacha-ed take out counter in westbury and the food was pretty good, bagelman mentioned that he thought it was salty, which is probably accurate, bc i like salty and remember not thinking it needed salt

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                  iris RE: helou Dec 5, 2012 06:31 PM

                  Pretty sure they're making it themselves. Up to this point, they have their own kosher bakery and rotisserie chicken operations.

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