While traditional dishes such as potato pancakes (latkes), jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot), and chocolate are always popular, party hosts are thinking outside the box and adding some “flavor” to their Hanukkah menu. Many ingredients can be added to latkes to make them stand out, including sweet potatoes, zucchini, or carrots. Why not serve them with multiple dipping sauces in addition to the traditional apple sauce? Try Apple-Potato Latkes with Cinnamon Sour Cream.
Jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot) are always fun to make and enjoy. To make them unique, you can try multiple fillings, such as different types of jelly, or a chocolate filling. You can be creative – almost anything will taste delicious inside a doughnut! And, similar to the latkes, you can accompany the doughnuts with all different types of dipping sauces, including honey or melted white chocolate.
Hanukkah Celebrations on Christmas?
Timing plays a big role on Hanukkah celebrations this year. Event Planning expert Olivia Bondarsky, from High Style Events, explains that because Hanukkah falls late this year, coinciding with the school winter break, some families are spending the holidays away from home. This year the 5th day of Hanukkah falls on Christmas, and also on a Sunday, opening up a great range of things to do! People and non-profits planning parties may be able to grab some great deals from venues that want to book their space on a Sunday or Saturday night, which is normally a busy night for them.
A Note For Non-Profits
For many synagogues and non-profits, Hanukkah is a great time to host a holiday celebration. Since Hanukkah falls late this year, according to Olivia, “for non-profits, end of the year fundraisers are a great way to boost their bottom line and increase their year end tax deductible donations so expect a packed social calendar for the last couple weeks of December.”
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