Seder Sophisticate


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
Wed. April 8-Thurs. April 9

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

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



9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City
310-845-1700 or
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
Tuscan style chopped liver or vegetarian "chopped liver"
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
Organic chicken soup
Matzo balls / fresh dill / flat leaf parsley
Honey glazed Rosie chicken / dried apricots / cherries
Weiser fingerling potato leek fritters / spicy tomato jam
Heirloom carrots / sugar snap peas
Six-hour braised moroccan brisket / dried prunes / cipollini onions
Weiser fingerling potato leek fritters / spicy tomato jam
Grilled asparagus / purple haze carrots
Vegetable matzo ball soup
Potato leek fritters / spicy tomato jam
Wild arugula & herb salad / pine nuts / olive oil / meyer lemon zest
Eggplant matzo mina / goat cheese / tomato sauce
Grilled asparagus / purple haze carrots / baby spinach & roasted garlic
Lemon pine nut torte / lemon curd / toasted meringue / farmers market berries
Coconut macaroons / dark chocolate brownies
Matzo toffee crunch / toasted almonds / mexican sea salt



8225 Beverly Blvd., L.A.
323-655-6566 or
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
Matzo ball soup, lemongrass broth, spring vegetables
Haricot vert, with chanterelle mushrooms
Choice of :
Braised lamb shank, roasted spring vegetables
Sautéed halibut, English peas, horseradish mashed potatoes
Assorted Macaroons
Dessert Platter


Angeli Caffe

7274 Melrose Ave., L.A.

323-936-9086 or

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



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

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


Spago’s Famous Shallot & Thyme Matzo
Gefilte Fish of Whitefish, Pike and Carp
with Fresh Herbs & Spices, Homemade Red & White Horseradish
Spago Chicken & Vegetable Soup with Judy Gethers’ Matzo Balls
Wild Salmon with Ginger-Almond Crust
Braised Beef Short Rib "Flanken"
Vegetable Ratatouille & Carrot Purée
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
Hagafen Cellars Chardonnay 2006
Hagafen Cellars Pinot Noir 2005