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Updated March 29 with additional listings.
With Passover this year looking very different from any Passover we’ve ever experienced, people who normally go out to a community seder at a synagogue or the home of a friend or family member suddenly find themselves in the position of preparing the seder meal themselves for the first time. Others who usually prepare an extravagant meal for many guests may not be as motivated to do so for a much smaller affair. With all of that in mind, here are some local chefs and caterers offering takeout or delivery for the seder meal.
Heshy Fried of kosher caterer Epic Bites is offering a Passover menu for the first time. His main dishes are sold by the pound, such as brisket, grilled chicken, lamb shoulder and brined and slow-poached salmon. His salads include cucumber and dill, beet and orange, and ratatouille. Orders must be placed by noon on April 2. Food can be delivered or picked up at Beth Jacob Congregation in Oakland. Epic Bites is certified kosher by Vaad HaKashrus of Northern California. epicbitescatering.com
Metropolitan Catering is offering dishes including gefilte fish, roast chicken, brisket and matzah ball soup. There is also an option to order all seder plate items. Orders must be in by March 27. Food can be delivered or picked up from Adath Israel Congregation in San Francisco. Metropolitan is certified kosher by Rabbi Joel Landau of Adath Israel. metropolitansfcatering.com
Oakland Kosher Foods has a Passover catering menu, available on request. The store is offering pickup service for this special menu; contact the store for details. Oakland Kosher is certified kosher by Vaad HaKashrus of Northern California. oaklandkosher.com or (510) 839-0177
BishulimSF — run by Aliza Grayevsky Somekh, who was featured in this space last fall — is offering the menu she was planning to make for the congregational seder at Oakland’s Temple Beth Abraham. Foods will be available for pickup or delivery in Oakland. She is cooking out of the Conservative synagogue’s kosher kitchen with no mashgiach present, but all kosher laws are followed with all kosher ingredients. The deadline to order is April 1. She’s offering such dishes as Tunisian fish patties in red sauce, chopped liver and mains of chicken or beef stew with sweet potatoes and vegetables. passover.bishulimsf.com
Neshama Foods is a new kosher caterer certified by the Vaad in the South Bay doing “modern Israeli” cuisine. For Passover, Neshama is offering single-size “seder boxes,” either meat or vegan. The meat has brisket as a main, and the vegan has matzah ball soup, seasonal veggies and potato kugel. There’s also a seder plate box with haroset, horseradish and a box of shmurah matzah. Orders must be placed by April 1 and they’ll deliver up to 100 miles from Palo Alto. neshamafoods.com/shop
Afikomen Judaica is offering online ordering for Passover seder foods and items with curbside pickup at its Berkeley store. afikomen.com
Covenant, Berkeley’s kosher winery, is offering curbside pickup April 5 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Orders must be placed by March 28. covenantwines.com
Several Chabad locations are offering “seder-to-go” packages with the essential Passover foods. Contact one near you to see if this option is available. chabad.org
Café Boho has a Passover meal that includes gefilte fish, matzah ball soup, a choice of various salads and a main of brisket, short ribs, baked chicken with vegetables or roasted salmon. Sides include tsimmes and roasted potatoes; dessert is either flourless chocolate cake or a buckwheat crepe with crème anglaise. Place orders by April 4. Boho delivers through DoorDash and other apps. cafebohosf.com
Chef Mat Schuster of the Spanish restaurant Canela has offered Passover menus since he’s been open and is doing so again this year, but for takeout or delivery only. Schuster, who has been profiled here before, serves the classics with Spanish twists. His main this year is a roasted duck breast with horseradish marble potatoes. No fish course this year, but rather savory matzah brei with oyster mushrooms and paprika–sour cream drizzle. There is, however, matzah ball soup. The menu will be available April 7-16 and Spanish wines can be paired with each course. See the The Passover menu wasn’t on the website yet as of this writing, so check canelasf.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although the restaurant is closed at the moment, and its chefs are working with the city to prepare meals for the homeless, Solomon’s Deli in Sacramento will have matzah ball soup, Manischewitz-braised brisket and flourless chocolate cake for pickup and delivery. solomonsdelicatessen.com
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen’s Passover menu is available April 7-16. They offer everything from haroset and horseradish to gefilte fish, matzah ball soup and brisket. They recommend ordering two days before you want to pick it up from the 24th Street location in San Francisco. wisesonsdeli.com
Market Hall Foods has been selling Passover foods for years in the East Bay. It does not deliver but offers all of the seder plate fixings. Passover foods are available April 6-9 and must be ordered by noon on April 4 to be picked up April 6, and by 12 p.m. on April 5 to be picked up April 7-9. (A closer look at Market Hall’s Passover operation was in this column last week.) Its main dishes include brisket and braised spring chicken with artichokes. rockridgemarkethall.com
New to the lineup this year is Napa-based caterer Itamar Abramovitch, whose Israeli pop-up Balagan was featured in this space last year. He’s offering an all-inclusive seder meal with gefilte fish, matzah ball soup, brisket and confit potatoes that can be delivered anywhere in the Bay Area on April 7; orders must be in by April 5. blossomcatering.com