Passover Sedar Dinner Delivery #SaferAtHome

Support and order seder plates from some of you favorite restaurants for Passover this year. Have a virtual seder with your loved ones, family and friends. Here’s where to order:


  • Jewish deli Canter’s offers seder plates for the first two nights curbside and delivery. You can pick up your essentials at the deli counter including boxes of Matzos, Manischesitz wine, Charoses, Gefilte fish, and Passover dinners (choice of beef brisket, roast chicken, or roast turkey) a variety of potato side dishes, and  chocolate or vanilla coconut macaroons! Marc & Jacqueline’s staff is also making chopped liver and potato pancakes.
  • Passover APL Restaurantimage001-8Now through April 16, APL is preparing a Passover meal for take-out that includes APL’s signature Passover brisket and a quart container of soup that contains two generously sized matzoh balls. It can be picked-up hot or frozen for use later per customer’s request. Curbside pickup and contact-free delivery within a one-block radius, and delivery on Postmates and Grubhub. 1680 Vine St., (323)416-1280.
  • Annual Seder at Jarpot roast 1Suzanne Tracht is offering her annual Jar Seder dinner this year at home to celebrate Passover. It’s available for the entire week of the Passover holiday, from April 8 through April 16, with a 48 hour pre-order. She is making matzo ball soup made with a lemongrass broth, Jar’s signature pot roast, carrots and caramelized onions or matzah-crusted chicken Paillard with warm pickled ramp vinaigrette, or braised lamb shank with star anise and port wine. Every entrée offers a choice of two sides – roasted carrots; sweet potato and prunes; and pea tendrils. Dessert is bittersweet chocolate-covered matzah with pecans, toffee and sea salt that serves four. Email or call in your order. 8225 Beverly Blvd., (323)655-6566.
  • Spago Seder DinnerIMG_6622Order curbside or delivery a complete Passover kit that includes wine. The menu includes home-made gefilte fish; Spago chicken and vegetable soup with Judy Gethers’ Matzo Balls; roasted Ora king salmon with ginger-almond crust; braised beef short rib “Flanken”; vegetable ratatouille and roasted Moroccan carrots; coconut macaroons; Vahrona chocolate souffle cake; chocolate almond bark; chocolate-chocolate chip chewy meringues and whipped creme fraiche with Pudwell Farms’ berries. The kit includes candles, and a link to Rabbi Rachlis & Canter Braier’s online Seder ceremony Prepaid pickup for parties of 1 to 12 people costs $125 per person. Spago is also offering a market box packed with different produce for $55. The produce comes from local farmers and is packed safely with a mix of greens, herbs, and various vegetables. It’s available to order via tock: 176 N. Canon Drive, (310)385-0880.IMG_6626
  • Nybll Passover Dinner  Delivered To Your Door.  Create a healthy Passover dinner for you and your loved ones is affordable with Nybll Home’s Holiday Meal Promotion.  Nybll Home’s healthy home delivery puts plants and lean proteins to work for your body to boost your energy, focus and immunity. Receive enough for up to 6 people for $99. The Holiday Menu includes: Roasted Rosemary Garlic Chicken, Orange Roasted Whole Salmon, Garlic Green Bean, Sweet potatoes + Tahini Miso. You will have a choice of: Kugel or Potato Gratin,Hearty Winter Kale Salad. Another choice of Matzo Ball Soup or Creamy Cauliflower Soup, and last a choice of  Chocolate Coconut Macaroons or Apple Tart. Nybll Home donates 5 kids meals for every weekly meal plan purchased. Donated kids meals are delivered to agencies who are servicing our local communities. Nybll has donated over 160,000 meals to date.IMG_6625-2
  • Farmers Market LA – For your Passover Seder, start with free-range chicken at Marconda’s Puritan Poultry or Farmers Market Poultry to make your favorite Chicken Matzo Ball Soup recipe. While you’re there, pick up some fresh eggs for hard boiling—a must on your Seder plate. Make a stop at Magee’s House of Nuts for sweet fruit and nuts o make your homemade charoset. Seder ritual also calls for the drinking of Kosher wine, so stop by Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market to check that off your list. chag Pesach samech.


Deal of the Day: “Maisel Day” on Aug. 15

Here’s a clever marketing idea – Amazon Prime is celebrating 20 Emmy nominations with “Maisel Day” in Los Angeles on August 15. Businesses in the Greater L.A.-area will offer “take a trip back in time to 1959” with food, drink and even hotel prices from that time period.  Go early on Thursday because these deals are good while supplies last and are limited to one per person only on August 15, 2019.

The Americana in Glendale – 889 Americana Way
1. DELUCA’S ITALIAN DELI – “Mrs. Maisel” Deli-style Turkey Sandwich for $2.
2. HÄAGEN-DAZS Order a scoop of ice cream for 80¢.
3. LADURÉE order a Macaron for 25¢.
4. PHILZ COFFEE –  a cup of “Mrs. Maisel” Rose Coffee for 50¢ starting at 6 a.m..
5. YUM CREAMERY order a special Ice Cream Dessert for $1.00 starting at 10 a.m.

San Fernando Valley:

1. ART’S DeliCorned Beef, Pastrami, or Turkey Sandwich with Pickle: 99¢ – 12224 Ventura Blvd, Studio City valid from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2. BIG SUGAR BAKESHOP – Pink Vanilla Cupcake: 25¢. – 12182 Ventura Blvd, Studio City. Promotion valid from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
3. MCCONNELL’S FINE ICE CREAMS order a scoop of Ice Cream for 25¢. – 12073 Ventura Pl, Studio City
4. SUSIECAKES – order a Pink Vanilla or Pink Chocolate Cupcake for 25¢ starting at 10 a.m. Limit 2 per person.- 13029 Ventura Blvd, Studio City.
5. Stay overnight at THE SPORTSMEN’S LODGE HOTEL for a One-Night Stay for $40.- 12825 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
The Grove LA – 189 The Grove Drive
1. DOMINIQUE ANSEL BAKERY – order a Croissant for 50¢ starting at 9 a.m. 
2. LADURÉE Macaron for 25.
3. SEE’S CANDIES purchase a 1-Pound Box of Chocolates for $1.50 starting at 10 a.m.
Deals in Los Angeles:
1. CANTER’S DELI – “Maisel” Pastrami Sandwich: 99¢ – 419 N Fairfax Ave. Promotion valid starting at 9 a.m. 
2. CAFE 50’S order a Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry Malted Milkshake for 30¢. – 11623 Santa Monica Blvd. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
3. MEL’S DRIVE-IN order a Melburger + Fries for 50¢. A Milkshake is 30¢ and a slice of Pie is 30¢ starting at 9 a.m. 8585 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood. 
4PINK’S HOT DOGS are selling a 59¢ Hot Dog starting at 9:30 a.m. 709 N. La Brea Ave.
5. SUSIECAKES order a Pink Vanilla or Pink Chocolate Cupcake for 25¢. Limit two per person starting at 10 a.m. 11708 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles.
6. Starting at 9 a.m., fill up to 20 gallons of gas at CHEVRON SANTA MONICA for 30¢/gallon. 1819 Cloverfield Blvd, Santa Monica. Use the 24th Street entrance. 
7. HOLLYWOOD IMPROV – Come to the 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. One Admission is $1. 8162 Melrose Ave, Hollywood
8. THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL enjoy a One-Night Stay for $40.00. 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood.
Palisades Village – 15225 Palisades Village Lane, Pacific Palisades
1. THE DRAYCOTT celebrate with a $2 glass of Champagne. Promotion valid from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 – 10 p.m.
2. HANK’S – Enjoy an 85¢ Reuben Sandwich
3. MCCONNELL’S FINE ICE CREAMS get a scoop of Ice Cream for 25¢. Promotion starts at 11 a.m. 
4. SEE’S CANDIES purchase a 1-Pound Box of Chocolates for $1.50 starting at 10 a.m.

5. Go see a movie at the BAY THEATRE for a 51¢ ticket starting at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


So Cal Passover Dining Options in 2017

Brent’s Passover Catering Haggadahs

1. Passover is one of Brent’s Deli favorite holidays because it’s all about family focus and great food. Pick up some favorites that include homemade matzo ball soup and charoset, beef brisket with Au jus; 1/2 Roasted Chicken; Gefilte Fish with Horseradish and Chopped Liver; Roasted Potatoes and Cooked Carrots and assorted Macaroons and chocolate-covered matzo brittle. Brent’s will even make a signature seder plate kit for you. It includes – Roasted Egg, homemade Charoset, Shank Bone, Bitter Herb (heart of romaine lettuce), Parsley (Karpas), and horseradish. When you place an order for Passover, you’ll receive complimentary Haggadahs for you and your family (while supplies last).

To place a catering order, call (818) 886-5679. Press 1 to speak with a catering expert. Brent’s delivers anywhere in Southern California (literally). From San Diego to Santa Barbara, and everywhere in between.

Culina’s New Chef  Mirko Paderno

2. Passover at Culina

Enjoy a three-or four-course prix-fixe menu with classic Jewish cuisine in observance of Passover on Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11 at Culina, at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Starters include charoset with matzah made with apple, walnut, blueberry, cranberry and citrus fruit; grilled pear salad with almond “ricotta,” grapefruit, bitter greens, pepitas and saba; and chive matzah ball soup. Entrées include cobia made with kingfish, sautéed Brussels sprouts and carrot purée; and sliced tri-tip steak with wild arugula and cherry tomatoes. Finish with hazelnut milk chocolate mousse and lemon panna cotta with citrus marmalade and candied almonds. The three-course meal is $59 per person; the four-course menu is $69 per person. 300 S. Doheny Drive, (310)860-4000.

Passover-Menu-2017-752x10243. Seder dinner at JAR

On Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12, JAR will host a 6 p.m. service led by Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser and a dinner prepared by Suzanne Tracht. Start with appetizers of house cured salmon, chopped liver and English pea puree and matzo ball soup with lemongrass broth. Entrées include JAR’s signature pot roast and sautéed Alaskan halibut. Finish with a chocolate dessert or lemon cheesecake. The Passover dinner is $135 per adult; $60 for children 12 and under. 8225 Beverly Blvd., (323)655-6566.

Canter’s Deli Open 24/7

4. Canter’s Deli is open 24/7 

Come enjoy your Passover favorites during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer a fresh baked goods display case and full deli to bring dishes home to share with your family and friends. Items are available from 24 hours a day.  419 N Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles,  (323)651-2030.


5. Larder Passover To-Go
Now until April 18, order your Passover favorites at Larder to serve to your friends and family. Starters include marinated olives and Marcona almonds by the pint. Deviled eggs with chives and paprika; smoked fish platter with goat cheese, cucumbers, onions & matzo; latkes with applesauce and crème fraiche; beets with kumquats & blood oranges; slow-roasted salmon with cucumber mint yogurt; roasted Mary’s chicken with preserved lemons & green olives; braised beef brisket with horseradish jus; roasted Yukon potatoes with rosemary & garlic and braised red cabbage. Finish with chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons and flourless chocolate-hazelnut torte. Wines are also available to bring home. Place your order and pick up in 48 hours. 8500 Burton Way (310)278-8060 and 11648 San Vicente Way (310)806-6464.

*Some of these dining options were featured in my column in the Beverly Press.

7 Great Soups in Los Angeles & Beyond

When the temperature cools down, it’s time to be comforted with a bowl of delicious soup. Here are 7 0f my favorite dining destination that offer exceptional soup in Los Angeles.

Flintridge Proper creamy tomato & basil soup with grilled cheese - by Jill Weinlein
Flintridge Proper creamy tomato & basil soup with grilled cheese – by Jill Weinlein

1. Flintridge Proper Restaurant & Bar

This hotspot in La Canada offers a warm and wonderful creamy tomato basil soup and seasonal soup of the day. The day I dined, the seasonal orange butternut squash soup had a touch of cream. Order a bowl of soup with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich made with in-house American cheese. 464 Foothill Blvd. La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011 (818)790-4888 –

(The owners of Canter's - Marc, Jacqueline and Terry)
(The owners of Canter’s – Marc, Jacqueline and Terry)

2. Canter’s Deli

Since 1931, Canter’s has been making great soups that come with a side of crisp bagel chips. Only on Wednesday do they make a delightful Split Pea soup. If I dine on another day, I select the Barley Bean or Vegetarian Vegetable. They offer 1/2 of any classic sandwich with a cup of soup for under $13. The owners Marc Canter, sister Jacqueline and cousin Terri Bloomgarden are really nice people. Parking is free for 90 minutes with a Canter’s validation. Open 24 hours, seven days a week. $-$$ 419 N. Fairfax Ave. (323)651-2030 –

(Photo by Cassia Santa Monica)
(Photo by Cassia Santa Monica)

3. Cassia 
Chef Bryant Ng is offering some of the best Southeast Asian soup to beat the chilly weather or help make you feel better if you get a winter cold.
Two of the must-try soups include a Laksa – A traditional Singaporean rice noodle and seafood dish is a thick and spicy, coconut curry, and the chile oil is great for clearing stuffy sinuses. Ng also makes a Vietnamese Pot Au Feu – a spiced pho broth with Creekstone Farms short rib, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and a side of grilled bread to smear with the bone marrow or sides of housemade Bird’s Eye chile sauce and a walnut mustard. 1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310)393-6699 –

(Laurent Halasz with writer)
(Laurent Halasz with writer)

4. FIG & OLIVE – Melrose Place in West Hollywood
Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The key components of the Mediterranean diet include a splash of olive oil, instead of butter, and a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, legumes and nuts. A glass of red wine is acceptable too. At Laurent Halasz’ Fig & Olive, the soups are ideal, because they don’t have any cream. Try the Butternut Squash & Chestnut Velouté that is silky and accompanied by shaved chestnuts, onions, toasted squash seeds, and a drizzle of Arbequina olive oil. It’s divine. They also serve an antioxidant-rich vegetable cold gazpacho Andalucia. It’s a delightful combination of minced tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, red onion, basil, Sherry vinegar and a splash of basil olive oil. There is a small scoop of Ayala goat cheese to enhance the dish. 8490 Melrose Place (310)360-9100 –

(Photo from Taste)
(Photo from Taste)

5. Taste on Melrose –

West Hollywood Executive Chef Brian Sheard’s comforting Chicken Tortilla Soup features fresh tomatoes, chipotle, jalapeños, corn, cilantro, red bell peppers, crème fraiche, and crispy tortilla strips.  During lunch they offer a soup or salad and sandwich special. Sandwiches include a Classic BLT on Ciabatta Bread, or a chicken salad sandwich with pulled Mary’s organic chicken, tarragon, dried currants, aioli, Gala apple on herb foccacia. Vegetarians like the Caprese sandwich on Ciabatta Bread for $10.75. 8454 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, Ca 90069 (323)852-6888 –

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

6. Morgan’s in The Desert

When in the greater Palm Springs area, be sure to stay or visit La Quinta Resort. They offer a fine dining restaurant featuring the talented Executive chef Jimmy Schmidt offering a themed three-course prix fixe with wine pairing. The night I dined at Morgan’s, the soup of the evening was a fennel soup infused with roasted red peppers, cipolini onions and dazzled with chive oil. There was no cream in this elegant soup. A bowl was delivered to my place setting with all the roasted vegetables, my servers Sal and Erik poured the luscious liquid into the bowl. The presentation was beautiful. 49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, Ca 92253 – (760)564-7600

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

7. Bel Air Bar + Grill

Executive Chef Chris Emerling cooked in Michelin 3-star restaurants before arriving in Los Angeles. He prepares locally sourced, seasonally inspired elegant cuisine. His daily Market Soup is fresh and healthy. He also makes a chilled Gazpacho soup enhanced with dill weed and avocado dots. This is the ideal spot to meet friends or family off of the 405 freeway or after visiting The Getty Center. 662 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (310)440-5544 –




Canter’s Deli

I met three members of the Canter family last Thursday when they unveiled their new menu. Marc Canter and his sister Jacqueline greeted me near the Kibitz Room. Soon their cousin, Terri Bloomgarden, joined us.

Look again – it’s not your typical grilled cheese – it’s a grilled mac n’ cheese, loaded with sharp cheddar and bacon bits. Yum yum. (photo by Jill Weinlein)

They were eager for me to try a few of their new grilled deli-style paninis. The new menu also features new breakfast items and specialty cocktails. “People were asking for different items on a sandwich and less meat. We discovered that less meat, doesn’t mean less flavor,”  Terri said. They created about 14 different panini melt sandwiches to appeal to their customer’s requests.

“One can still get our thick corned beef or pastrami Canter’s sandwich, but now they have an option to order it panini-style,” Terri said.

The three of them grew nostalgic when Bloomgarden shared with me that at the age of three, while sitting in her grandmother’s lap (founder Jennie Canter), she passed out matchbooks to the customers with the Canter’s logo on it.

“We used to have a cigarette machine and everyone who bought cigarettes needed matches,” she said.

She also remembers when Hubert Humphrey ran for President and came into Canter’s for a meal. While working in the bakery, Bloomgarden tried to give Mr. Humphrey a free Danish. He looked at her and said, “No thanks, I pay for everything I get.”

Marc Canter, Jaqueline Canter, center, and Terri Bloomgarden show off some new items on the revamped Canter’s menu, most notably 14 new grilled panini sadwiches. (photo by Jill Weinlein)

Now Terri’s grandson, Milo, comes into Canter’s with his mother Deena to visit and eat some chopped liver, lox, or enjoy a bowl of hot matzo ball soup. The two year old is the fifth generation of Canter’s setting foot into this iconic restaurant.

Instead of passing out matches, Terri’s daughter stamped parking tickets for customers when she was a little girl. Later, she worked as a hostess, then in the bakery and as a waitress.

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