Modern Jewish Celebrations, Presented by Entertaining Company is a special catering service that celebrates the rites and rituals of the Jewish lifecycle . We celebrate the "story of life" with a specific understanding of Jewish culture and ceremony -- the foods, traditions and stories behind a lifetime of Jewish celebrations and gatherings. The Modern Jewish Celebrations staff is uniquely aware and considerate of the place where Jewish tradition and urban sophistication can live together. Modern Jewish Celebrations are the perfect answer for Brit Milah, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Jewish Weddings, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur/Break Fast, Sukkot, Chanukah, Mourning and Shiva.
Wendy Pashman of Entertaining Company Catering Entertaining Company is known for its Modern Jewish Celebrations
Wendy Pashman, Owner and Founder of Entertaining Company, turned her passion for living boldly through celebration into her full time occupation when she began her own catering company in 1989.
Passionate about all things lush and colorful, Wendy's thirst for culture informs her reputation as "The Idea Caterer," as she crafts vibrant celebrations that are one-of-a-kind; showcasing delicious, always-changing menus, lush décor and fantastical settings.
She is especially passionate about multicultural celebrations, which is why she launched Modern Jewish Celebrations and Modern Indian Celebrations as special offerings under the Entertaining Company brand.
Entertaining Company is celebrating its 22nd year in business this year and serves Chicagoland with up-market, luxury events.
Wendy is going to demonstrate Charoset, a traditional Passover food that has no leavened bread in it, and is going to show how easy a traditional Eastern European Charoset is to make, and will then demonstrate three simple variations on traditional Charoset inspired by Morocco, Greece and a child-friendly version.
This is a dump, mix and stir segment. No heat, no special equipment.
First, Wendy will showcase a traditional Charoset recipe with apples, nuts and wine. She will mix the ingredients together and form balls with her hands, and spread them on matzoh.
While she is making the traditional recipe, she will explain that Charoset is a sweet, dark-colored, chunky paste made of fruits and nuts served primarily during the Passover Seder. Its color and texture are meant to recall the mortar with which the Israelites bonded bricks when they were enslaved in Ancient Egypt and as such, it is often spread on matzoh and eaten.
Then, Wendy will move to a new bowl, already set up with special ramekins of mise en place, and she will demonstrate a Charoset from the Sephardic Jewish People, that is inspired by Moroccan flavors.
This Charoset will have rose petals in it.
Third, Wendy will demonstrate a Charoset inspired by the Greeks. This recipe has dates, raisins, walnuts, pinenuts, ginger and sweet Passover wine.
Finally, Wendy will show how to make a Child-Friendly (no wine, nut nuts) CharosetPears, Orange, Banana, Dates and Honey.
1 Pound Hazelnuts12 oz Almonds1 Pound Pitted Dates12 oz Raisins2 cups Crushed Rose Petals
Instructions for the Moroccan Charoset Balls recipe:
- Using a food processor, pulse the petals fine.
- Using a food processor, grind the nuts together coarsely. Add dates and raisins and process until consistency is smooth but still has some texture.
- Prepare balls of the mixture about 2 inches in diameter .
- Roll each ball into rose petals and serve on pretty tray
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