(Closed) Do they make Kosher collard greens???? <(o_0)>

posted 7 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

does his family keep kosher? how strict are they? (separate sets of dishes, or just kosher style)?

it’s easy to make most dishes kosher. just don’t serve something like shrimp and grits.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Kosher greens. Wow. I have no clue. 
Maybe you should talk to his family and find out if there are any restrictions or if they have any suggestions on what you can serve. I think labels are going to be important. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Haha, this made me laugh. ๐Ÿ™‚ I totally relate. I’m vegetarian (also Jewish, but we didn’t keep kosher – my mom loves bacon) and from the south (well, sort of – Texas gulf coast) and have lots of AA friends, so I know the dilemma of “here, have some greens!” all too well, lol.  I really think the key is talking to his family about what level of kosher they usually keep. Some people won’t eat pork, but don’t have a problem mixing dairy and meat, for example.  Once you figure out what they are and aren’t comfortable eating, talk to your caterer – a good one will be able to create an amazing spread even working within those conflicting requirements.

Also, yes, I have had vegetarian greens – but full disclosure: I thought they were yummy, but my FI thought they were just not the same without the pork.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MsChievous08:

Excellent. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and I should add that the part of our caterer’s menu that my Jewish mother is most excited about is bacon-wrapped scallops.  Pork AND shellfish FTW.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

hahaahha this is so funny. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

I would just say don’t use pork for anything. I had a bunch of Mexicans, AAs, and a few bad-dancing white people at my wedding. It was interesting. A mexican relative even asked my pastor what it was like to be Baptist (just because he’s black, but not baptist at all). But, intercultural weddings are more fun anyways! Good luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with  @DanielleZara: about no pork.  If you stray away from pork or pork products, and if possible a not mixing of dairy and meat, you’ll do less offending. ๐Ÿ™‚  But, ultimately…just to go with stereotypes (speaking as a Jewish person), Jewish people like free food.  And most won’t be too upset unless they’re super strict and kosher, in which case they may need to make their own food plans. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@MsChievous08: lol I don’t know, I didn’t even ask or want to know! He prolly looked at him like he was crazy hehe

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

This post is too funny…

Now, my “surrogate family” growing up was Jewish, but they didn’t keep kosher.  I agree with you that it would be nice to at least try and make an effort to his family.  I would do the following: make sure that sides are not topped with bacon, if you do provide a pork entree, keep it seperate and ask the caterers to make sure none of the utensils are cross-contaminated, and definitely don’t have any of the other entree’s covered or stuffed with cheese.  There are so many varying degrees of kosher, but I’ve noticed that lots of Jews that don’t keep kosher will still shy away pork products.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

I would ask his parents about their side and if they keep Kosher.  That will make his folks feel better you are being respectful.  It’s a shock for their family that their son isn’t marrying Jewish; just as your side is wondering what you are going to do about Baptism and Christmas!.  It has real significance for them because in the Jewish faith, the woman carries the faith the child will be..  Resepcting what they say, go ahead and plan your wedding reception [what are you doing about the service?]. 

As a Baptist, I suppose there will be no alcohol, correct?

There is plenty of food you can serve and you should then find a caterer or a function hall which serves kosher food.  

Pls let us know what you decided and how it works out.  You still have plenty of time to work on the menu.

I love the idea of turkey w/collards!  YUM.  But everyone may not be partial to collards or may not have even eaten them before.  How about this?  Have a kosher turkey as the entree for everyone and a buffet of different greens?  Also will your side be happy with collards not cooked w/bacon?  DOUBLE YUM.  Will they be OK w/olive oil and garlic?    STILL YUM.

I would add however on the RSVP card, “Out of respect for Jack’s Jewish heritage, our recpetion buffet [or dinner] will be kosher.”

You could really play up the Baptist ‘church supper’ idea and serve kosher corndogs and kosher hotdogs, kosher pulled beef.  You could decorate in red / white check table clothes and have picnic baskets filled w/rolls.  You can serve root beer [no floats though becasue that’s dairy] in kegs.  You could really do this up cute.

But if you’re looking for a more glam event, go w/the turkey and buffet of different greens.

Let us know….

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