At the Seder, families get together and eat a traditional meal that has a symbolism (for each food)... the matzah and bitter herbs tell stories about the times when Jews were slaves in Egypt and the freeing of the slaves by Moses.
At the restaurant, we have these family meals, kind of a twist on the foods that were served then, some things like sweetened nuts and fruit as well as bitter herbs and then a great menu crossed between Sephardic and Ashkenazi type foods.
Instead of gefilte fish, we do a mahi-mahi cake with Moroccan carrot-almond relish and fresh horseradish.
Instead of old-fashioned matzo-ball soup, we do it instead with chicken feet -- they got a lotta flavor -- and parsnips, green onions, and matzo balls.
It carries the tradition of the holiday and gives you a sense of place. Everybody is more than welcome. The Last Supper of Jesus is a Seder; you see him with his 12 people around. It goes back to his time and well before, so we share some like type of things, and that's why I think we have Easter around the same time of year, spring holidays -- it's sharing, and I think that's a really cool thing.
New Times: You think Jesus ate gefilte fish or mahi-mahi?
HAHAHAHAHAHA! He'd probably be having St Peter's fish. The bread is the tradition on this holiday. Unleavened bread symbolizes the Jews leaving Egypt; it has been eaten traditionally for thousands of years.
We're gonna spill some wine. We have really wonderful wines out of California and Israel. For the plagues, you definitely have to use red wine. Gotta get that blood and gore.
The people love it. We have a full house tonight, and we've been doing this here for bout 15 years. I know a number of people that have done this five or eight times if not more.
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.