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5 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Passover in LA

By Lesley Balla | April 9, 2014 By Lesley Balla  |  April 9, 2014

Whether you celebrate at home with family or let someone else cook for your (for a change), here are a few ideas to celebrate Passover next week. Did someone say matzo pozole and chocolate matzo?

Jar: Suzanne Tracht will serve a special multi-cultural seder on the second night of Passover, April 15, with Ultimate Peace, a summer camp and year-round program that unites Jewish and Arab youth in Israel. Instead of a traditional menu, Tracht merges her family's holiday traditions with the style of the Beverly Boulevard chophouse, with hors d'oeuvres like crispy potato pancakes with house-cured salmon, creme fraiche and chive and traditional chopped liver; followed by matzo ball soup in lemongrass broth; asparagus and spring radish salad with hard-cooked egg; Jar's signature pot roast or sauteed halibut; and a festive dessert platter. Dinner is $130 per person for adults, which includes all Passover wines, coffee or tea, taxes and gratuity, and $55 for children under 12. 

Larder at Tavern and Burton Way: Let Suzanne Goin cook your feast. The take-out menu for Passover includes dishes like smoked fish platters; matzo ball chicken soup; latkes with applesauce; beets with kumquats and oranges; slow-roasted salmon with cucumber yogurt; roast chicken or beef brisket; all sorts of sides, including roasted root vegetables and braised red cabbage; and flourless chocolate torte for dessert. All orders for must be placed by Friday, April 11 at 5 PM. 

Rosa Mexicano: For a twist on the traditional, the Mexican chain adds a Latin flair to classic Passover dishes, including sangria haroset made with tequila, honey, cinnamon, cold-pressed apple juice and Manischevitz reduction; matzo ball pozole; banana leaf-wrapped beef brisket; and whole mango filled with mango and coconut ice cream. Look for the special menu at both the L.A. Live and West Hollywood locations from April 14-22. 

Farmshop: You can pick up everything you need for the holiday table at the Brentwood Country Mart. The take-out menu includes hard-boiled eggs topped with celery salt and bitter herbs; haroset made with pink lady apples, local walnuts, red wine and maple syrup; beet-marinated horseradish; braised red cabbage; roasted asparagus with meyer lemon and pickled hot pepper; matzo kugel; Weiser Farm fingerling potato with garlic confit and thyme; braised prime beef brisket; herb-roasted Jidori chicken; and flourless chocolate cake, almond coconut macaroons and matzo brittle for dessert. Order now through Saturday for pickup on Sunday through Monday, April 13-21.

Compartes: The chocolate-dipped matzo flies off the shelves at Jonathan Grahm's chic little Brentwood shop. Order ahead to pick some up for the holiday - it makes a great gift.

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American Beverly Grove
Food25 Decor22 Service24 Cost$67
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American Santa Monica
Food24 Decor20 Service22 Cost$43
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Rosa Mexicano

Mexican Downtown
Food24 Decor21 Service23 Cost$32
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The Larder at Burton Way

American Beverly Grove
Food18 Decor15 Service18 Cost$29
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Tavern Restaurant

Californian Brentwood
Food23 Decor25 Service22 Cost$55
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Compartes Chocolatier

Chocolate Shop Brentwood
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