No longer the chopped liver and knishes of yesteryear, Kosher food has gone upscale is taste and presentation! If you’re planning a Jewish wedding, mazelmoments’ Kosher Wedding Planning Guide is a must-read. We provide an easy-to-understand definition of “What is Kosher”, a breakdown of Kosher catering options, and tips for finding a Kosher wedding venue.
At a high-level, certain foods are a no-no, such as shellfish and pork. Also, meat and dairy can’t mix. This means no cheeseburgers or chicken parmesan! In a Kosher kitchen, there must be separate pots, appliances, plates and utensils for meat and dairy.
Meat and dairy can’t mix…even in your tummy! There is a wait time after eating a meat meal before dairy can be eaten. This typically means dairy-free, pareve wedding cake and milk substitutes for the coffee, such as non-dairy creamer or soy milk.
For detailed Jewish dietary law (Kashrut), see My Jewish Learning.
Types of Kosher Catering
There are many types of caterers to be aware of:
- Kosher – Kitchen and food are in accordance with Kashrut laws.
- Kosher Dairy – Food is made with milk, cheese, yogurt or other Kosher dairy products.
- Glatt Kosher Meat – Glatt Kosher means the lungs of the animal were smooth. It has come to be known as extra-strict Kosher supervision.
- Pareve – Dishes don’t include dairy or meat ingredients, and can be eaten with either category of meal. Pareve dishes are often used for desserts as they bypass the waiting rule.
- Kosher Style – Meals follow some of the Kosher laws, but may not use Kosher ingredients or meet other Kosher standards. Typically dairy products are not mixed with meats, and prohibited foods such as pork and shrimp are not served.
Finding a Kosher Wedding Venue
There are five main options for hosting a Kosher Wedding.
- Kosher-Only Wedding Hall – Does strictly Kosher in-house catering. This can be a temple ballroom or Kosher event space.
- In-House Kosher Available Venue – Provides Kosher menus using an in-house or exclusive caterer. View Kosher Available Places.
- Off-Premise Kosher Available Venue – Allows hosts to bring in Kosher catering. Sometimes this is from an approved list of Kosher caterers. The event space may have a separate kitchen or other accommodation for preparing Kosher meals.
- Individual Kosher Meals – Another option, to accommodate a small number of Kosher guests, is to speak with your venue about bringing in Kosher meals for just those guests from a local or approved Kosher caterer.
- Kosher-Style Wedding Locations – Many venues can provide Kosher style menus.
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