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Shabbat and Aufruf in Washington DC

Thank you for both suggestions: Distrikt Bistro as well as Park Hyatt. I have left message for both, so we shall see! I'll keep you all posted.

Nov 14, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat and Aufruf in Washington DC

Hi gonzogarbonzo I really appreciate your lengthy reply. We really need to be in DC because the wedding is at the Willard on Sunday night and we want to be somewhat nearby. Also we want to be able to walk to some of the touristy sites on Shabbat...anyhow here is what we have decided to do:
We are staying at the Westin Georgetown which is at 23rd and M. They have a very nice room which will accommodate our party for Friday nite dinner. We are using that room, and Dahan for the catering of the meal. We can daven Kabalat Shabbat at the hotel. It is going to be pricey as the hotel charges a hefty per person fee on top of the catering charge. But I just couldn't find any other options that would work for us. Shabbat morning we will go over to Kesher for the aufruf, and then return to the Westin for lunch in the same room which will again be catered by Dahan. In regards to your comment that we shouldn't expect the food to knock our socks off I hope that is not the case as these prices are very high so my expectations are as well.

Anyone have any specific recommendations for menu items from Dahan? They are doing the wedding as well. From what I understand, they are the best in the area, I hope that is true.

I found it interesting that i called many of the local caterers, food markets, etc. about the weekend, and although I was promised emails of menus, prices, etc. No one and I mean no one responded. I guess business is pretty good in the DC area for Kosher caterers as we are spending alot of money and no one seemed to want our business!

Thank you all for your suggestions but in the end we need to go with something that will be manageable for us since we live in South Florida and really need to have it all taken care of.

Nov 09, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat and Aufruf in Washington DC

Thanks I checked out their website and it doesn't look to feasible but it does look very nice... they want $500/hour with a six hour minimum.
We are only having about 40-50 people...

Nov 01, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat and Aufruf in Washington DC

what is Dumbarton house?

Nov 01, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat and Aufruf in Washington DC

I just don't think Kesher will work. It will be great to have the aufruf there, but there is no way for me to be able to do a really nice meal there. I got the Westin down to $40/person but of course that doesn't even include the catering, that is just for the service/plate fee.... crazy!
These meals will certainly be well over $100/person. I just don't see a way around it. And I really don't understand why other vendors don't even get back to me! I know Dahan is probably on the upper end price wise but they seem at least somewhat responsive.

Nov 01, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat and Aufruf in Washington DC

Hi I just wanted to update everyone on the plans. They are really turning out to be pretty complicated/expensive. The wedding will be Sunday night at the Willard catered by Dahan.
I went up to DC last week to see the hotels and Kesher Israel. We booked a block of rooms at the Westin Georgetown which was nice and very reasonable, the only nice hotel we could find for under $200/night. Our plan was to have the Shabbat meals at Kesher, but honestly I was extremely disappointed in the room. For lunch, they always have a kiddush, so we would have to wait around until they could flip the room for lunch. The room was sloppy and full of papers, books, tallitot, stacks of chairs, jugs of water bottles, etc. Just not attractive at all. Shoshana who works there was very nice and apologetic, but it doesn't seem that the room will work at all for us for Shabbat dinner or lunch. I think I called every caterer on the Vaad list. Most did not call me back. Many said that they would send me menus/ proposals, etc. But in the end no one responded. So it looks like we will use Dahan for the catering since they are the only ones that seem to want our business. Meals are tentatively booked for a room at the Westin, however the use fees are outrageous and I am still hoping to find a better option. Does anyone know of a facility within walking distance of the Westin and of Kesher, where we could rent a room and bring in Dahan to do the meal catering? Any advice would be appreciated. It is unbelievable how complicated this is all turning out to be. I really wanted to avoid spending $120-150pp for Shabbat meals. Thanks in advance.

Nov 01, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat and Aufruf in Washington DC

Thank you all. I think I will make a trip up there for a couple of days once the muchetunim nail down a venue for the wedding and commit to the date 100%. We need to choose a hotel that is convenient, nice, and reasonable for all the out of towers as well as figure out the shabbat arrangements. I will keep you all posted..

Aug 19, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat and Aufruf in Washington DC

UPDATE: I spoke to someone at Eli's named Andres... he said that it will be expensive, that they will have to charge me $700/hour to open outside of normal hours (I think this includes the Mashgiach as well) plus the cost of the food etc. Does this sound right? How much is a dinner there usually?
Another option is to order "food service" from a caterer where they bring in all the food prepared to the hotel but don't provide dishes, etc so I don't think that is really do-able...
this is turning out to be pretty complicated! I will keep you all posted, thank you for your suggestions.
Another question: Is the room in Kesher reasonably attractive? I suppose I could do a catered dinner there as they don't charge a fortune for the room. Any thoughts?

Aug 18, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat and Aufruf in Washington DC

I'm liking the idea of Eli's for Shabbat dinner, and Kesher for Aufruf and Shabbat lunch. Eli's seems like it will be alot less expensive than bringing a caterer into a hotel. I haven't been able to connect with the guy at Eli's yet, but will keep you all posted when I do. Do you know anyone that has actually used them for a Shabbat dinner?

Aug 17, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat takeout in NY?

I think it was $15 for the delivery... the entire "Shabbat to Go" for 8 people was something like $179... very reasonable and a ton of food. We will definitely do this when we go back to NY over a Shabbat. We really did not have to buy one thing.

Aug 16, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat and Aufruf in Washington DC

Thank you so much. I spoke to Kesher Israel, and the Aufruf and a casual lunch there is totally doable. I am waiting to see where the wedding is booked before we start deciding on hotels. I will call Eli's.... do you think that it can be dressed up to make it a nicer venue for a Shabbat dinner? I also spoke to someone at Dahan's (who are also catering the wedding I believe) and they can provide food and service to almost any hotel. Thanks for your advice.

Aug 16, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat takeout in NY?

I just wanted to update everyone. We ended up ordering a complete Shabbat dinner in from Nargila. The amount of food and the quality was very impressive. And it was extremely reasonable. Much easier than picking up takeout... they brought first courses, salads, meats, sides, dessert, fruit, challah and wine. We had so much left over that we gave it to the hotel staff. The delivery was on time and we couldn't have been more pleased. Highly recommended!

Aug 16, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat and Aufruf in Washington DC

Our son is getting married in DC in mid-June 2012. We are planning to do a catered Shabbat dinner for 30-40 guests as well as the Aufruf over Shabbat. The wedding will be Sunday night at a different venue in DC...
does anyone have any suggestions for hotels that would accomodate Kosher catering/ or a restaurant that would open up for us/ any ideas? that would work for Friday nite dinner and be walking distance to a shul for the Aufruf. Ideally would be a nice hotel that guests would be comfortable staying in for three nights in a good location walking distance to shul and sites in DC. Please any suggestions for where to start would be appreciated, as we live in South Florida and I need to do the legwork online and on the phone...
Thank you!

Aug 16, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat takeout in NY?

Thank you to both of you!

Jul 21, 2011
glosing in Kosher

Shabbat takeout in NY?

Hi I need recommendations for a good kosher takeout/delivery to deliver to our hotel suite at the Philips Club next Friday nite for seven people. Location around Lincoln Center. I have heard of Kosher Marketplace and SuperSol but don't know if they are good. Your recommendations are appreciated!
Thanks!

Jul 21, 2011
glosing in Kosher