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Passover is my favorite Jewish holiday, bar none. Any ritual that revolves around food is right up my alley. But while I’m now seriously questioning my decision to throw a 25 person Seder this year (oy), you may not be feeling so ambitious. Here are a few Pesach-friendly restaurants around town offering either full Seder meals or some Passover menu options. Call for reservations or more info.

La Cachette

10506 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.
310-470-4992 or lacachetterestaurant.com
Wed. April 8-Thurs. April 9

$60 per person (food only)
Please request this menu when making your reservation

Matzo Ball Soup
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Gefilte Fish served with House Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Cream
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Organic Sonoma Leg of Lamb served with Flageolet Beans & Garlic Jus
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Assortment of Sorbet served with Fresh Fruits

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Akasha

9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City
310-845-1700 or akasharestaurant.com
Dinner Wed., April 8; Lunch-Dinner Thurs. April 9-Fri. April 10; Lunch Sat. April 11.

Passover specials a la carte – prices vary

"The Red Sea" Cocktail
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Tuscan style chopped liver or vegetarian "chopped liver"
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Hand-crafted tunisian fish balls / tomato-shallot sauce
Wild arugula & herb salad / pine nuts / olive oil / meyer lemon zest
Housemade white & beet horseradish / harmers market date & almond haroset
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Organic chicken soup
Matzo balls / fresh dill / flat leaf parsley
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Honey glazed Rosie chicken / dried apricots / cherries
Weiser fingerling potato leek fritters / spicy tomato jam
Heirloom carrots / sugar snap peas
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Six-hour braised moroccan brisket / dried prunes / cipollini onions
Weiser fingerling potato leek fritters / spicy tomato jam
Grilled asparagus / purple haze carrots
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Vegetable matzo ball soup
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Potato leek fritters / spicy tomato jam
Wild arugula & herb salad / pine nuts / olive oil / meyer lemon zest
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Eggplant matzo mina / goat cheese / tomato sauce
Grilled asparagus / purple haze carrots / baby spinach & roasted garlic
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Lemon pine nut torte / lemon curd / toasted meringue / farmers market berries
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Coconut macaroons / dark chocolate brownies
Matzo toffee crunch / toasted almonds / mexican sea salt

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Jar

8225 Beverly Blvd., L.A.
323-655-6566 or thejar.com
Wed. April 8, 2009

Adults $120, Children (12 and under) $55
Includes tax, gratuity, wine, coffee, or tea

Assorted Tray Pass Hors D’oeuvres :
English Pea Purée
Homemade Chopped Liver
Cured Salmon and crisp potato pancake
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Matzo ball soup, lemongrass broth, spring vegetables
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Haricot vert, with chanterelle mushrooms
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Choice of :
Braised lamb shank, roasted spring vegetables
Sautéed halibut, English peas, horseradish mashed potatoes
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Assorted Macaroons
Dessert Platter

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Angeli Caffe

7274 Melrose Ave., L.A.

323-936-9086 or angelicaffe.com

Thurs, April 9

$40 per person
Reservations: Call Angeli at 323 936 9086.

Long Cooked Eggs tinted with Onion Skins
Haroset of Dates, Oranges, Raisins, Nuts,Spices – Romaine
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Leek Croquettes
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Pesce en Carpione
Sauteed White Fish marinated w/caramelized onions in a mustard-champagne vinaigrette
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Chicken Soup w/Chicken Dumplings and Matzo Balls
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Evan’s Pot Roast
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Pollo Arrosto
Garlic, rosemary, lemon chicken
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Tortino di Azzime
a "mazzagna" of vegetables, and fresh tomato-basil sauce
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Cianfotta
Stew of leeks, peas, asparagus, artichokes, tender lettuce, mint
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Parsley, Radicchio, and Napa Cabbage Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
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Flourless Chocolate Cake (has dairy)
Apple Crisp with Matzo-Cinnamon Topping

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Spago

176 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills
310-385-0880 or wolfgangpuck.com
April 9, 2009

Adults $175, Children (9 and under) $80; proceeds benefit Mazon, the Jewish Response to Hunger

SAMPLE MENU:

Spago’s Famous Shallot & Thyme Matzo
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Gefilte Fish of Whitefish, Pike and Carp
with Fresh Herbs & Spices, Homemade Red & White Horseradish
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Spago Chicken & Vegetable Soup with Judy Gethers’ Matzo Balls
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Wild Salmon with Ginger-Almond Crust
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Braised Beef Short Rib "Flanken"
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Vegetable Ratatouille & Carrot Purée
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Torte Au Citron – Lemon Pudding Cake
New York Cheesecake with Chino Ranch Strawberries
12 Layer Chocolate Dobos Torte
Passover Puffs with Chocolate Sauce
Wild Berry Sorbet with Farmers’ Market Berries
Macaroons, Macaroons, a Menagerie of Macaroons
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Hagafen Cellars Chardonnay 2006
Hagafen Cellars Pinot Noir 2005

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