by christine victoria alexander

Friday, September 11, 2020


Photo via The Perfect Palette

We are back from a few wonderful days at the beach with family and ready to jump into preparations for Rosh Hashanah! Next Friday evening kicks off the "Jewish New Year" - the biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah which translates to "day of shouting or blasting". We have a picnic at the park every year, blow the shofar, teach our children about repentance and forgiveness and eat apples dipped in honey symbolizing our prayer for a sweet new year! 

Last year we built on those traditions by adding in a fun dinner party the night before to kick off the new year. I themed the dinner party around traditional foods eaten at Rosh Hashanah: apples dipped in honey, carrots, leeks, beets, dates, pumpkin, pomegranate, and fish. I prepared the dinner in courses, adding in a few of these foods with each course. When our guests arrived I handed each guest a card with a blessing on it (and a cocktail!) - whenever we ate one of the special foods we would stop, toast our glasses and read the appropriate blessing card for that food. It was really fun! 

I'm sharing my menu and recipe links below along with the blessing cards I made, if you want to do something similar in your own home! 


Cocktail: The Beet Twist 

Mediterranean Grazing Table: Baked Feta, Crackers, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Peppers, Trout Dip, Olives, Mixed Nuts & Grapes*

Flatbread with Pesto, Leek, Heirloom Tomato & Honey Goat Cheese**

Cocktail: Pomegranate Moscow Mule

Dessert Tray: Flourless Chocolate Date Cake, Pumpkin Pie Caramel Bars, Apples & Honey

*If you need inspiration for setting up a grazing table just Google or Pinterest search "grazing boards" and you'll find what you need! It's such a fun, relaxed way to serve dinner and great for kids too! 

**I use this flatbread recipe from Sprouted Kitchen as a guide for toppings and cook time. I swapped the broccolini for leeks and added pesto. It's delicious!

Here are the blessing cards I typed up - you can print them and hand one to each guest or display them on your dinner table! 


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