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Passover Seder Dinner Menu
Passover is an eight-day Jewish festival that is celebrated each year in early spring. The first two nights are celebrated with an elaborate Seder feast.
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This ancient and traditional Jewish festival commemorates the freedom of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Passover is considered the defining story of Judaism. All religious and non-practicing people of Jewish heritage can relate to this historical event and reflect upon their history and the journey of their ancestors. The first two days and last two days of Passover involve elaborate holiday meals. Also during the entire 8 days, leavened (grains that ferment – wheat, rye, oats, barley and spelt) bread is not permitted to eat. Eating unleavened bread instead during this holiday, symbolizes the unrisen bread the Israelites ate during the eight days journey when they escaped from Egypt. Learn more about the Rituals of Passover at Chabad.org.
Ellen Easton shares with us a Passover Seder Dinner Menu featuring her favorite family recipes. Per Ellen, “Passover, celebrated in the spring, is for some a deeply religious time of the year. For others, it is a time for families and friends to come together at a less compliant Seder dinner to honor their ancestors journey to freedom. There are countless cultures each representing their own unique culinary delicacies. This menu is a combination of traditional, but non Kosher, ceremonial selections with European and Southern influences.”
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Meaning of the Seder Plate:
The Seder plate is the focal point of the table on the first two nights of Passover and it is a fifteen step family oriented tradition and ritual packed feast. Placed on the plate is the ceremonial foods which the Seder is based. Each food item contains special meaning and requires some time to prepare before the start of Passover. Learn more about the description of each food item, the reason why it’s included on Passover, the method for preparing and its role in the Seder meal at Chabad.org.
Foods of the Seder plate:
Matzah, Lamb Shankbone, Hard Boiled Egg, Bitter Herbs, Charoset (fruit and nut paste), Parsley and bowl of Salt Water
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Ellen Easton, author of Afternoon Tea~Tips, Terms and Traditions (RED WAGON PRESS), a lifestyle and etiquette industry leader, keynote speaker and product spokesperson, is a hospitality, design, and retail consultant whose clients have included The Waldorf=Astoria, Plaza Hotels, and Bergdorf Goodman. Easton’s family traces their tea roots to the early 1800s, when ancestors first introduced tea plants from India and China to the Colony of Ceylon, thus building one of the largest and best cultivated tea estates on the island.
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