Rosh Hashanah

September 9, 2010 by staff 

Rosh Hashanah, Holidays come on the heels of Labor Day on Wednesday at sundown – and 60 percent of women working outside the home – more families are making Rosh Hashana in a way that would have been unthinkable a generation ago: eating out out.

Lettuce entertain you, for example, is offering Rosh Hashanah dinner, five of its restaurants from Lincoln Park in Lincolnshire, compared with only two sites last year. Several places have been booked for days.

It’s not just that families are taking their rituals to restaurants – Thanksgiving has certainly been gaining momentum for years. But that is a holiday centered on food and football. Rosh Hashanah is a time of reflection, not partying.

“If we were having and Italian, I would feel very uncomfortable,” said Karen Lasky, who will be at Di Pescara in Northbrook. “But we are with all the traditional foods … and it is easier.”

For two decades, the resident of Glencoe cooked, baked and cleaned for weeks, since her mother and grandmother before her.

However, a couple of years ago, her husband suggested that they go out – and now no turning back.

“When in my home, I’m in the kitchen,” said Lasky. “This way, we all get to be together as a family … and no cleaning.”

Despite all the practical reasons, some women would not think the outsourcing of the holiday.

“I could never make it,” said Barbara Hoffman, a social worker who was planning a dinner for 25 at his home in Highland Park Wednesday night despite setting the time in his office. “While I’m healthy, I’ll keep doing this.”

For others, however, the only way you can connect fee humble 19th century to the 21st century is life if someone gets up on the stove. Who has days to grate the apples of the cakes that symbolize hope for a sweet year?

Joe Decker, chef / partner of Wildland Fire is excited to bring family recipes – as Kugel, noodle pudding – more cream to a menu known for its meat and martinis.

“It rekindles many memories for me,” Decker said. “I think my mother would be super proud.”

But others are still trying to silence that inner voice that says they are cheating, say restaurateurs.

“Customers call and say, ‘I do not feel well this year” or “My daughter-in-law does not want to ruin your home,’” Lester said Schlan, owner of Max and Benny who expects to serve 250 meals the festivities on Thursday. “Everyone feels that she has to explain.”

Mitzi No Kray of Northbrook, which will ring in the New Year at Max and Benny, as it has for the last couple of years. Not long ago, used to host a feast of several courses, including three soups. But at age 86, is becoming the platform to another person.

“The food here is delicious, the atmosphere is warm and we are with the family. Is not that what the holidays are about?”

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