Jewish holidays always present the perfect opportunities to host large gatherings and get-togethers with friends and loved ones. At Brent’s Family, we believe in family and traditional recipes that are passed down through the generations. Holidays like the Shabbat, Passover, Ross Hashanah, and etc. are best commemorated by the special meals and dishes that are shared during these celebrations–think crispy potato latkes, tender matzo balls, and other savory entrees.
Jewish heritage is the cornerstone of our delicatessen and restaurant. Whether or not you’re part of the Jewish community, we invite you to try some of our specialties rooted in custom and tradition. Have a look at some of the best we offer in Jewish cuisine–appetizers, desserts, and sides to tame your taste buds!
Kugel With Sauteed Shallots
Want to be part of major Jewish holidays and cuisine? Try our specialty kugel casserole at your next big event or family gathering! At Brent’s Deli, our kugel is made from potatoes or noodles, baked to perfection, and served with tasty fried shallots. Creamy in the middle with crispy, flaky edges, kugel is a staple at Passover, Ross Hashanah, and Sabbat celebrations. Sold by the half pan (which serves 8-12 people), the Brent’s Deli family is more than pleased to share this classic Jewish dish with surrounding communities in Northridge and Westlake Village.
Also known as “kneidlach,” matzo balls are another Jewish cuisine classic–most famously known as the dumplings inside matzo ball soup. Simmered for hours, this warm, cozy soup will tease your taste buds at a casual family dinner or major celebration. Our matzo balls are simply made from a passed down recipe that involves eggs, broth, fat, and of course, a bit of matzo (meal).
Within Jewish tradition, matzo balls and matzo ball soup were (and remain) a common meal during Passover celebrations. Today, they’re among the first servings to get eaten up at any table any time of the year! At Brent’s Deli, we offer our premium matzo balls by quantity for custom appetizers and soups to bring your particular family recipes to life and continue the time-honored tradition at your own table.
String Bean Almondine
This flavorful dish made from steamed green beans and shallots tossed in a tasty vinaigrette makes for a satisfying, savory salad and/or vegetable side. Not only is this Jewish dish perfect for packed lunches, holiday meals, picnics, potlucks, and etc., it’s also super nutritious while remaining a tried and true vegetarian option. From Hannukah to Rosh Hashanah, our string bean almondine is prepared so that it’s easy to heat up for any gathering any time of the year!
Served with applesauce and sour cream, potato latkes are the perfect comfort food for any meal or celebration. According to Jewish tradition, latkes were eaten during Hanukkah in commemoration of the rededication of the temple of Jerusalem. However, potato latkes are a classic that can be enjoyed during any holiday and any time of year. At Brent’s Deli, we offer orders of 50 mini-sized latkes and also make larger latkes sold by quantity–depending on the size of your event.
Babka (a.k.a. Jewish Streusel)
If you’ve ever wanted to get a real taste of a Rosh Hashanah dinner, then a classic streusel cake, or babka, ought to be on the menu at your family gathering. This Jewish version of such a rich and sweet international dessert is a crowd-pleaser year round. With ‘babka’ translating to ‘grandmother’ and/or ‘old woman’ in Polish, this cake is named after its appearance of a matriarch’s pleated skirt. At Brent’s Deli, we offer your choice between a decadent chocolate chip babka or delicious apple cinnamon cake to end your events on a sweeter note.
Made from dough in which a small portion has been set aside for an offering or tithe, challah is a special braided bread rooted in Jewish tradition and cuisine. You can see this tasty, specialty bread present on tables for the Jewish Sabbath and other major holidays (besides Passover). As part of our holiday event catering, Brent’s Deli offers a classic round challah as well as a raisin option to add a little sweetness to this staple. Break bread with the ones who mean the most to you on commemorative occasions any time of the year!
Translating to ‘stuffed fish’ in Yiddish, gefilte fish is a traditional Jewish appetizer that’s made from a poached mixture of carp, whitefish, or pike. These deliciously seasoned fish patties or balls are a classic addition to the table on Shabbat and other Jewish holidays such as Passover–while also remaining popular year round for family gatherings and general celebrations. Sold by the piece, Brent’s Deli offers traditional-style gefilte fish, a comfort food for food lovers across all generations.
To see a full holiday catering menu complete with serving portions and prices, click here. If you have any questions about cater orders, contact our friendly staff directly at (818) 886-5679 for Northridge or (805) 557-1882 for Westlake Village. Let Brent’s Deli be part of your holiday celebrations and other commemorative events with quality dishes and recipes–from our family to yours.