Sukkot Entertaining

by Linda Capeloto Sendowski on October 13, 2009

Picture of Sukkah of Sukkot 09

Picture of Linda and food for Sukkot PartyI can breathe a sigh of relief, until next year, Sukkot, Simhat Torah and all the rest of it is finally over with. The New Year has begun, counting down the days yet again.

Every year I approach the building of our Sukkah and the entertaining we do in it with renewed enthusiasm. The Los Angeles area, with its mild climate, lends itself to dining al fresco at night even in September, October. Today I must confess, with impending rain clouds above (strange for this time of year), my helpers and I rushed  to take it all down and store it away until next year. The saris hung across the roof, the tacky clustered grape lights that created atmosphere when the sun went down, the wall tapestries, candles, the tables and chairs, finally the palm fronds, and extension cords all dispatched to their cupboards to wait out another four seasons until next September or the trash. I will share a few pictures and the menus for two of the evening’s parties.

Picture of Turkey and Prime Rib

Turkey and Prime Rib

Picture of Squash Blossoms

Squash Blossoms for the starter

Picture of Starters for Sukkot Party

Starters for Sukkot Party

Picture of People at Sukkot Party

Ready to enjoy

Menu for First Night

Challah

Kiddush Hashem Syrah

Appetizer trio of chopped heirloom tomatoes on arugula with lemon and olive oil

Deep fried squash blossoms in tempura style batter

Kibbeh sineah with hummous

Main Course

Roast turkey with natural jus, cranberry orange sauce

Roast herb crusted prime rib with shitake pomegranate sauce

Grilled artichoke halves with chipotle mayonnaise

Sweet potato fries  or brown and wild rice mix

Roasted Brussel sprouts with sea salt

Desert

Linda’s chocolate espresso cake

Cranberry pear crumble

Apple cake

Pistachio biscotti

Mixed berries

coffee or tea

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