Catering A Bat Miztvah! {Vegetarian Dishes}

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to cater a Bat Mitzvah.  The party was for a 100 + people, my first big catering experience.  What a crazy, busy, fun, best night of my life!

I met the star of the party 11 years ago, so I was honored to share in her special night!

A Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah is a Jewish coming of age ritual.  For the female, it is when they reach the age of 13, some families may celebrate it at the age of 12.  Basically they become responsible for their own actions, and bear their own responsibility for Jewish ritual law, tradition, and ethics, and they are privileged to participate in all areas of the Jewish community life.  At a Bat Mitzvah, the celebration is like a wedding, with everyone together to celebrate.

When I met with the family, we decided to make the dishes vegetarian.  There are many Jewish families who follow a very strict Kosher diet.  Basically, a Kosher diet (which means “fit” for Jewish consumption) looks at the idea of food being “clean,” “intact,” and “spotless.”  One example is, meat and milk can not be mixed.  You even have to wait about 6 hours to have dairy, after having meat.  The animals must be handled by special individual, in a special way, if the process is done incorrectly, the meat is deemed unsuitable.

So vegetarian it is!

I had 3 appetizers, 2 entrees, 4 salads, and a taco bar for the kids.

For the appetizers they chose a vegetable platter, cheese, cracker and fruit platter.  I also made a fun appetizer, apple carmalized onion tart with goat cheese.  The tart was fun to make, on a large scale it’s more involved of course.  On a small scale, very fun!  I used puff pastry, then sliced apples, caramelized onions and apples, topped off with some goat cheese.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the appetizer, the flavors really came together beautifully!

For the entree, the family decided to have a salmon dish.  Thank you to a fantastic Executive Chef, I used his delicious recipe!  Baked salmon with old bay, and topped with a creamy remoulade.  The second entree was just fun, we did a potato bar, with toppings available.

For the salads, I had fun thinking of vegetarian dishes, and of course sticking to what the family wanted.  We had a green salad available, with fresh vegetables.

I decided to make a beautiful mini-Caprese salad, I first found the recipe when watching Racheal Ray on Food Network.

This salad is fun, simple, and just so elegant!

The other salad is adapted from a recipe I found on a fellow blogger 6 Bittersweets site.  She was doing a chocolate series, and made cherry, pistachios, orange, cocoa cous cous.  I altered the cocoa part, as much as I wanted to try it, I didn’t know how everyone would be.  So I added juice from the oranges, more zest from the oranges, and more honey.

When the family asked for Summer, cool salads, this was the very definition of that!  Light, refreshing, and delicious!

Then the family asked for a classic Waldorf salad.  This salad can be made with chicken, or without, and is beautiful both ways.

I love the grapes in this salad, just so fresh and sweet!

The taco bar was fun and simple, perfect for kids.  I made a homemade bean recipe, thank you again to the Executive Chef for sharing a delicious recipe!

I did not make any desserts, instead a beautiful cake was made!

The night was intense- my friend, and helper for the event, was AMAZING!! I was so lucky to have Kelly, she helped two days before, and for the VERY long day.

Thank you to the beautiful Kelly for being so amazing!  {Just to share some fun information – Kelly and I graduated from high school together.  We have known each other since Kindergarden.  Then when I moved to Charlotte, found out she lived here.  Crazy how life takes us down fun paths!}

My husband was amazing and helped with serving drinks all night.  Thank you my love!

Here is the table during service.

Thank you to Bonnie, Jonathan, and the lovely Micaela for the this opportunity!  I look forward to many more opportunities to cater fun events!  I have found my niche – to share unique, healthy, fun dishes.  Instead of the same old, same old, it is time to change things up!

What is your favorite dish you had at a party?

Have you been to a Bat/Bar Mitzvah?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra




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