The LA Jewish Federation (where I work as the Program Director of the Hunger Initiative) just ran a very successful campaign to have people host Shabbat dinners in their homes or synagogues all on the same night. The campaign was VERY – with more than 1,200 people participating. I hosted dinner for 12 in my little Pasadena bungalow and it was wonderful. The chicken was pure experiment after reading several recipes and it was GREAT!
Here’s the menu:
- Olives (my home brew and some lovely little black olives)
- Nana’s Homemade Hummus
- Chevre with garlic and herbs
- Pistachios with dried cherries
- Challah of course!
- Bob’s spectacularly good salmon gefilte fish
- Morroccish Chicken with Artichoke Hearts, Olives and Preserved Lemon
- Johanna’s yummy rice pilaf
- Ed’s veggies – zucchini with tomatoes and delicious carrots
- Howard’s Spanakopita
- …and the wine flowed!
- Jane’s Once-a-Year (unless we can talk her into making it again tomorrow!) Plum Tart
- Carl’s Bowtie cookies and Semolina Coconut Cake
When my house is full of good friends, good food, laughter and conversation it becomes a holy place. This as much as anything makes Shabbat.