This year, we’ll be experiencing the very rare coincidence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapping. So rare, in fact that it hasn’t happened since 1888 and will not occur again for thousands of years. Don’t you feel better about the added stress of 2 holidays landing on the same day already?
First, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are already aligned philosophically. Both are celebrations of freedom and triumph over hardship, frequently bringing together large groups and families to count their blessings and enjoy being together. So any event with those sentiments at heart is going to be winning.
But in case you’re still wondering how to host a winning gathering that gives both events their due respect, we connected with Chef Laura Frankel of Spertus Kosher Catering for her thoughts on how to tackle November 28th. She has some great insights to help you bring both together without losing your mind.
Her personal take is to enjoy Thanksgiving with a Hanukkah spin. Here’s a little taste of some of her menu inspiration:
Sweet potato latkes with homemade brûléed marshmallows
Turkey schnitzel with pumpkin seed gremolata
Sautéed kale with crispy fried shallots
Sufganiyot with cranberry-apple filling
Seriously, how can you go wrong with sweet potato & marshmallow latkes? There’s a good chance you’ll end the end in a Thanksgivukkah food coma, but isn’t that honestly part of the fun? Another gem from Chef Laura is to experiment with sufganiyot (donuts) made from Challah dough and filled with pumpkin. Now that’s a treat to bring groups together.
And speaking of groups, this Thanksgivukkah phenomenon is only 1 of the 8 nights in question. So what do you do for the others without overstuffing everyone? Chef Laura’s advice is to go heavy on the veggies like sautéed kale or salad greens or oven-fry some seasonal root vegetables. Another favorite is to prepare fish & chips for some comfort food that doesn’t feel so heavy.
Another consideration is beverages. The key to pairing several courses and strong flavors is bubbles. Chef Laura’s pick is sparkling wine or prosecco for the meal itself. She likes pairing latkes with a beer like Blue Moon or a similar light-bodied brew with citrus notes. And pomegranate martinis or Meyer lemon martinis make great palate cleansers (and great partners for vodka/latke parties).
Is everyone ready now to tackle this one-and-only Thanksgivukkah? Let us know how your celebrations go! To plan an event with Wolfgang Puck Catering (with customized menus for any celebration…or celebrations), contact us today.