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Kosher Caterer near Meredith, NH (Lake Winnipesaukee area)

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villager21 Jul 22, 2013 10:15 AM

Hi All,

We are in search of a good kosher caterer for a wedding at Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith NH, on Lake Winnipesaukee. We are speaking to Andrew's based out of Boston but were wondering if there might be more local options.

Thanks in advance!

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    Splendid Spatula Jul 22, 2013 11:01 AM

    You might try the Northern New England board?

    1. peregrine Jul 22, 2013 11:47 AM

      Try the Kosher board as well.

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        GilaB Jul 22, 2013 12:44 PM

        This IS the kosher board.

        I would be truly shocked if there is a local kosher caterer, as there isn't a kosher-keeping population near there. You're basically looking at getting a Boston or NYC caterer to drive up.

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          peregrine Jul 22, 2013 03:08 PM

          Chill, Gila.
          This post was originally on Greater Boston.
          I'm pleased to see it got moved.

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            GilaB Jul 22, 2013 06:50 PM

            I'm sorry. I had seen the post here on the kosher board before the suggestion to post on the kosher board was visible, which is why I was confused.

      2. bagelman01 Jul 22, 2013 01:06 PM

        The closest Kosher caterer I know of to Meridith is Tevya's a division of larry Levine kosher in Peabody, Mass, just under a 2 hour drive.

        http://www.levineskoshermkt.com/cater...

        I can't vouch for how 'good' a wedding caterer they are, I've only has bris and kiddush food they prepared (2 years ago).

        1. pinehurst Jul 22, 2013 01:15 PM

          Sort of near to Meredith...and for sure call first, but a reform friend used
          http://www.act1scene2.com/

          for a bat mitzvah. They advertise "kosher"/religious events.

          They're in Manchester, NH I think...maybe an hour or so, 45 min south of the Lakes region.

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            GilaB Jul 22, 2013 01:38 PM

            Note that their menu offers pork, ham, shrimp, crab, etc., so while they may offer kosher-style catering, it is almost certainly not kosher certified.

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              pinehurst Jul 23, 2013 04:11 AM

              Yes indeed, which is why I posted the site/menu for the OP. You never know. On the home cooking board, there's a woman cooking shrimp for Jewish friends. To each their own! :-)

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                queenscook Jul 23, 2013 05:41 AM

                Perhaps, but she's probably not calling it kosher. Since the OP asked specifically for a kosher caterer, I assume s/he is not looking for someone who makes great shrimp, etc.

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                  AdinaA Jul 23, 2013 06:03 AM

                  Pinehurst is accurate; the caterer's website really does say kosher, in multiple places, and it links through to Temple Israel, Dover, which calls it a kosher caterer.

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                  AdinaA Jul 23, 2013 05:53 AM

                  Well, yes, there are Brahmins who eat beef, also Jains, and Muslims who enjoy a good BLT. But what I think GilaB was getting at is that while individual Muslims are at liberty to eat ham , it's dishonest for a BBQ joint to serve pulled pork and advertise itself as halal.

                  I clicked the link http://www.act1scene2.com/index.htm : clam bakes, pork chops, shrimp, bacon, crab cakes. (If the caterer does both kosher and non-kosher events, the website needs to make a separation) They don't. just as Pinehurst says, they advertise themselves as kosher. I'm not criticizing Pinehurst here. I am criticizing this caterer, and Temple Israel of Dover for permitting this website to mislead. The word kosher has a specific, quite clearly defined meaning, and it doesn't mean clambake.

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                    bagelman01 Jul 23, 2013 07:04 AM

                    Adina,
                    The website is poorly constructed. But in the hinterlands it is very common for caterers to do both kosher and non kosher catering, Some have separate kitchens, storerooms and equipment (keys may be held by the supervising rabbi). Others kasher the kitchen and equipment for the affair.
                    When I was married to my first wife. The wedding took place at a wedding palace in Massachusetts (similar to Leonard's of Great Neck) which had both kosher and non-kosher kitchens and all kosher events were unbder the Vaad of Springfield. The major kosher caterer in New Haven has both a kosher division and a non kosher division with separate kitchens and supervision. Out of town caterers in areas with small Jewish/observant populations can't survive (as full time businesses) doing kosher only.

                    Because those Jews living in big Jewish areas (NY for example) look at things in terms of what they are exposed to regularly, they would think the website odd. A Jew in rural/small town New England would look at the website and think: 'Great, this caterer can also do kosher'

                    BTW>>>it's all in how you read the website. I didn't get the take that they were a kosher caterer (only). I read the main description "Event and Kosher Catering" to mean that they did events (such as a clam bake) and also did kosher catering, as opposed to Kosher event catering. Confusing yes, could it have been explained better, yes. BUT is it understood by their local clientele, yes. Local businesses don't understand the far reach of the web.

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              AdinaA Jul 22, 2013 01:32 PM

              Because of the way the roads run, it can take longer to get to Lake Winnipesuakee from Portland than from Boston.

              More to the point, Boston is the only substantial kosher-keeping community in Red Sox country. And Andrew is the dominant caterer in Boston for the simple reason that he is good, really good at what he does (contemporary, upscale catering). One of the things he does is to cater events in the location of your choice. He has the refrigerated trucks, the portable heating equipment - all the stuff that makes it possible to cater an event (large or small) in a place that does not have a regular kosher kitchen. More to the point, he has the experience to pull it off. Smoothly.

              If you're set on Lake Winnipesaukee for the wedding, he's the obvious choice. I was at a large wedding that Andrew catered less than a month ago, at a beautiful venue with no kosher kitchen. It was not only perfectly smooth, the presentation was beautiful and the food was delicious.

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                villager21 Jul 22, 2013 04:29 PM

                Thanks so much! We have a call in to Andrews and will look at the other suggestions in this thread. Looks like Andrews might be the best choice.

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