Rosh Hashanah

A Buffet Affair to Remember

Rosh Hashanah is a fabulous opportunity to gather friends and family in your home to celebrate the sweet new year. The challenge is feeding everybody. If you’re expecting a big crowd, a buffet may be the way to go. Here are a few tips:

  • If you do not have a large surface in your home that you can use to put out food, such as a dining room table, set up several smaller serving stations: one for appetizers, one for main course selections, one for side dishes, and so on
  • Place selections in the order in which people will be eating them. For Rosh Hashanah, for example, an apple, honey and Challah serving station should be among the first as they are typically the first foods eaten
  • Put napkins and silverware after the last serving station (not next to the dinner plates in front of the first serving station). This way, guests don’t have to juggle their napkin and silverware throughout the buffet.
  • Put a small plate in front of each selection to hold its serving utensil
  • Label what each selection is for your guest using a small card, such as a place card. If you’re having guests over that are unfamiliar with Rosh Hashanah traditions, you may also want to include a short explanation of key dishes. For example: “Apples and honey for a sweet new year.” It’s also nice to keep place cards on hand to label dishes that guests bring, such as “Aunt Sarah’s Kasha with Bow Ties”.
  • For main course selections, serve dishes that include sauce to prevent them from drying out over time. A good recipe to try for Rosh Hashanah is Chicken Hunter.
  • In addition to wine, be sure to give your guests non-alcoholic options. A festive selection for your drink station is Grape Juice Spritzers. Either pre-pour in glasses or write up simple instructions (a la the place cards) for your guests to make themselves
  • Decorate the buffet table with small vases of flowers, apples, shofars, or other symbols of the season (think of each serving station as a small vignette)
  • Avoid using candles in your buffet d├ęcor as they can be unsafe around all the hustle and bustle your delicious buffet is sure to attract

Rosh Hashanah Shopping List

  • Candles
  • Challah (or ingredients to make own, such as yeast, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, salt, flour)
  • Grape juice and/or Wine
  • Seltzer
  • Gefilte fish
  • Horseradish
  • Salad and salad dressing
  • Exotic Fruit
  • Apples
  • Honey
  • Honey Cake
  • Carrots and other ingredients for Tzimmes
  • Spinach
  • Ingredients for first course, such as soup
  • Ingredients for main course
  • Ingredients for side dishes such as rice
  • Ingredients for dessert
  • Condiments
  • Cooking spray
  • Tea and coffee
  • Flowers for centerpiece