By Patricia Lee Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
Passover, one of the major Jewish holidays, is the celebration of the Israelites’ freedom from slavery by the ancient Egyptians. The eight-day holiday includes some traditions, the better-known one of which is the Seder supper. On the first two nights of the weeklong holiday, families and friends enjoy a feast known as a seder, where the foods symbolize aspects of the Passover story. This year, with stay-at-home orders because of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, hosting a large dinner with extended family members, neighbors, or the community at large simply isn’t possible.
While this is undoubtedly a disappointment for many people, families still can celebrate, even on a smaller scale. And that doesn’t mean having to sacrifice having a feast. Those who will be missing grandma’s signature dish, who have never made a seder supper all by themselves, or who simply can’t take another moment in the kitchen after so many days in confinement need not worry: several restaurants in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, are offering to-go seder suppers, either curbside or by delivery.
Purchasing one of these meals will enable families to save time in the kitchen while supporting local restaurants (and by extension, other businesses and their own families), many of which are especially hit hard financially these days. Below we have gathered some of the options (Know of any more we should include? Drop us a line!). Check the websites (all linked below) for menus, ordering deadlines, delivery restrictions, and other details. Bon appetit and chag sameach!
Seder supper offers
- Chabad Lubavitch of Norther Virginia is offering three options: a chicken dinner, a brisket dinner, and a full seder super with items for the seder plate. Order now through April 9 and pick up in Fairfax.
- Springfield-based Windows Catering has an extensive, a la carte Pesach menu with a Passover seder plate and multiple options for appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts.
- A New York deli and caterer in Fairfax, Chutzpah Deli, is offering a special Passover menu (in addition to its full menu available now online), which includes multiple appetizers, entrees, and sides.
- If you are closer to the District or willing to go there to pick up your meal, WTOP has a list of restaurants offering to-go Seder suppers. There is a similar list at Washingtonian magazine.
Note: Cava Mezze also offered Passover meals but they are now sold out.