(Closed) Venue Can’t Accommodate Kosher Guests???

posted 8 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Oh dear. That’s no bueno. Is there a manager/owner you can speak to? I imagine you HAVE to go with the venue, so the other option I can think of would be to ask if another caterer can bring in Kosher meals.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t see why they wouldn’t let you bring them in. If the venue isn’t familiar with Kosher dietary laws, it’s probably best that you do it yourself. What a hassle! But I’m sure it will work out!

There seems to be some good advice here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/311284

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not Jewish but I was in a primarily Jewish sorority (long story) we actually had 2 kitchens in the house, one was Kosher, one was not. Simply ordering in Kosher meats does not mean that the item is Kosher, it has to be prepared a certain way and cooked in a Kosher kitchen. I would look into the possibility of having another caterer brought in? If thats possible. If there is really nothing that can be done, I would have your FH let his family know, they may even have an easy solution for you!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Some people may disagree with me, but I think that what you’re doing is fine.  Try to get outside strict kosher meals if you can, but if you can’t, don’t stress about it.  My FI’s family has a few very strict kosher folks, but we’ve learned that we simply can’t please everyone.  In Boston (where we’re getting married), there are surprisingly few places that can do Glatt kosher/strict kosher/etc, so we’re just going to be providing “kosher style.”  In my experience, the strictest kosher folks understand that they can’t always be accomodated in these sorts of situations.  Even our Rabbi admits to eating cold items (salads, etc) in non-kosher restaurants at times. Do your best, but don’t let it stress you out too much!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I wonder if someplace like this could help?  If it is only a few people, you could order them the kosher meals, and that place sends them via overnight service.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Let them know the situation. Sometimes people will understand and if not, well you can’t please everyone all the time! Ask if you can bring kosher meals for those who are strict and honestly, let them know you are trying to accomodate them. Here are the basic “laws”. If it’s vegetarian, most of these don’t matter. Maybe see if you can bring utensils for them.

  1. Certain animals may not be eaten at all. This restriction includes the flesh, organs, eggs and milk of the forbidden animals.
  2. Of the animals that may be eaten, the birds and mammals must be killed in accordance with Jewish law.
  3. All blood must be drained from meat and poultry or broiled out of it before it is eaten.
  4. Certain parts of permitted animals may not be eaten.
  5. Fruits and vegetables are permitted, but must be inspected for bugs (which cannot be eaten)
  6. Meat (the flesh of birds and mammals) cannot be eaten with dairy. Fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables and grains can be eaten with either meat or dairy. (According to some views, fish may not be eaten with meat).
  7. Utensils (including pots and pans and other cooking surfaces) that have come into contact with meat may not be used with dairy, and vice versa. Utensils that have come into contact with non-kosher food may not be used with kosher food. This applies only where the contact occurred while the food was hot.
  8. Grape products made by non-Jews may not be eaten.
  9. There are a few other rules that are not universal.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I am all about planning my wedding around making my guests happy, but providing a kosher meal for a handful of guests is going above and beyond!!  I would just make it clear that it is kosher-syle but not kosher.  Those who won’t be able to eat the meal will be able to plan accordingly (i.e. eat early on their own).  I’m sure those with dietary restrictions have to deal with this type of issue all of the time. 

Obviously, it is wonderful and amazing that you are trying to accommodate all your guests needs but defiantely don’t drive yourself crazy doing it!!  There is probably a random guest who has other dietary restrictions that you don’t even know about. 

 

 

 

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