Published on 1 September 2021
The month of September is a big month of feasting and celebration for the Jewish community, starting with Rosh Hashanah, or Jewish new year, in the first week of September.
Rosh Hashanah brings an abundance of food and sweets, honey and apples in particular, that line dining tables on Monday 6 September to symbolise a bountiful and joyous year ahead. Whether you’re Jewish or not, that’s a sentiment every Victorian can get behind.
And while gatherings may be off the table, that doesn’t mean feasting should be. Below you’ll find great options for an intimate Rosh Hashanah celebration in your household.
Golda’s Rotem Papo has designed a series of impressive four-course feasts suitable for meat lovers, fish eaters and vegetarians alike. Think salads and dips with freshly baked challah, chicken soup with matzah balls, slow-cooked Moroccan snapper, pomegranate-glazed beef cheeks, carrot tzimmes, and traditional honey cake.
Orders close on Friday 3 September at 5pm and are available to pick up from the restaurant’s Prahran location, or delivered within 10 kilometres, between 3-6 September.
Golda x Jewish New Year, $130 for two, order at goldarestaurant.com.au
Over the river, Miznon has designed A Box for the New Year, a spread that focuses on that sweet, sweet honey and features Rosh Hashanah favourites such as honey cake, challah, tzimmes-carrot salad, beetroot and horseradish relish, stuffed dates and apples and honey.
This special delivery comes to you on Monday 6 September between 2-5pm, just in time for all the new year festivities.
Miznon’s Box for the New Year, $75, order at miznonaustralia.com
And back in the south, Zelda Bakery is preparing for a whole month of celebration with a range of wholesome, non-traditional baked goods for September’s Jewish festivals. Now in their fourth year of baking treats for the holidays, their aim this year is to turn the theme of apples and honey on its head, so expect wholegrain honey cakes with carrot and spelt, apple crumble galettes, and rich apple butter cakes that pair perfectly with coffee. You can also find festive twists on classic bread loaves, like apple and honey and date and fig.
Zelda Bakery is operating on different hours through the month of September so visit their calendar for opening hours, and check back regularly to see what’s on offer each week.
Zelda Bakery, 54 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea, zeldabakery.com.au
Grab a Mediterranean feed from Collingwood favourites New Jaffa,with their takeaway boxes that feed two, four or six. Each delivery comes with a raft of appetisers including a loaf of fresh challah, matbucha (a rich, tomato sauce), hummus, cous cous or Persian rice and a fattush salad. Next, choose your own adventure for mains with a choice of goulash, mafrum (potatoes stuffed with meat), pumpkin chickpea curry or chicken tagine.
Boxes are delivering on Fridays and Saturdays and will keep you well fed through the holidays.
New Jaffa takeaway boxes, from $80 for two, call 0422 109 009 to order, newjaffa.com.au
By Jonathan Sasson
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