Post # 1
Instead of having a rehearsal dinner, we’re having a Shabbat dinner with family and the wedding party (following traditions of other family events). My mom was awesome and did research of where to have it, and she came across a really nice restaurant. We checked it out yesterday, and it was really pretty. The only thing is that much of the food options lean towards more Italian food.
Now, I really enjoy Italian food, and I think most people wouldn’t object (as long as we stay away from pork dishes). But, would this be too weird for a Shabbat dinner? Or am I thinking into this too much?
Post # 3
@judithsr: I think it’d be cool. My only concern would be is the restaurant kosher/does it have kosher options on the menu?
Italian to me means pasta with meat sauce and cheese. The meat and cheese combination would be a definite no.
Post # 4
I would check with the restaurant to make sure they can cater to people who keep Kosher. But it sounds like fun regardless!
Post # 5
That’s a good idea about the Kosher checking. I’m not sure how strict my family is with kashrut laws, but maybe we can cover the basics by not serving any dairy products. That way, it won’t be blatantly un-kosher.
But, I’ll definitely check 🙂
Post # 6
I don’t think it’s traditional, but I think Italian sounds yummy. Like others said, as long as keeping kosher isn’t an issue, I think it would be fine.
Post # 7
sounds fine to me! but in my family, shabbat dinner kinda means any kind of meal where you also happen to light shabbat candles, so as long as it seems to fit with your and your fi’s concept, and of course steer clear of seafood, pork, and meat/dairy combos, you should be good 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I made Eggplant Parm for Shabbat dinner at my house this past week, so I say go for it!
Post # 9
I would do it! Both our families are Jewish and eat much more Italian food than Jewish food anyway. If you’re having a special menu for your event, you should be able to make it at least semi-kosher… it depends on your family, but I know a lot of my fiance’s relatives do the kosher kitchen thing where they don’t make non-kosher food or bring bacon home and then eat whatever they want when they go out.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Keeping in mind that my family kept only vaguely kosher and all (no pork, no shellfish, but we didn’t always turn down cheeseburgers!), we didn’t really do “traditional” Shabbat foods, so I’m sure Italian would be fine. I would probably look for dishes that are, if not strictly kosher, don’t actually violate any rules (so maybe not fully kosher preparation, but I’d avoid meat + cheese in one dish). I think checking to see if anyone actually keeps kosher before booking is probably a good call!
Post # 11
There are Italian Jews! I know quite a few. If you like the food and you can meet everyone’s religious obligation with the cuisine, go for it.