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Set your table for Hanukkah this week with these Charlotte food services

·3 min read

Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish celebration also known as the Festival of Lights, began on Sunday, Nov. 28 and ends Monday, Dec. 6. And for those days and festive nights, you’re going to need something to eat.

The holiday marks the Maccabees’ uprising against the Syrian Greek army and the miracle that followed. Just enough oil was found to illuminate the menorah, or lamp, in the newly rededicated Holy Temple in Jerusalem for one day, but it lasted for eight full days.

Traditional foods eaten during the celebration the include challah, brisket, latkes, rugalach and sufganiyot (which are jelly-filled doughnuts).

Here’s where to find Hanukkah foods for holiday gatherings in Charlotte:

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

Location: 4001-C Yancey Rd #100, Charlotte NC 28217

Neighborhood: York Road/Collingwood

What to know: Menu options include Braised Brisket with caramelized vegetables (serves four-six, $42), traditional Braided Challah ($13), Potato Latkes (three for $8 or six for $14), Chocolate Rugalach (six for $13), Smoked Salmon with leek and fennel sauce ($9.50 for one or $35 for four) and Olive Oil Cake with Orange Blackberry Compote ($3.50 per slice or $12 for a 6” cake serving four).

How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery.

When: Nov. 30-Dec. 3 for most items. A notice of 24 hours is required for brisket. Challah must be ordered by 2 p.m. Dec. 2 for Dec. 3 pickup or delivery.

With 24 hours notice, you can have Braised Brisket from Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen on your table.
With 24 hours notice, you can have Braised Brisket from Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen on your table.

Kosher Charlotte

Location: 6619 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270

Neighborhood: Stonehaven.

What to know: This kosher food service offers breakfast options including bagel and lox ($14 per person), sandwiches, hummus bowls and salads. Dinners packed cold for reheating include chicken ($30 per person) and salmon ($35 per person), each served with two sides. Options include roasted broccoli, grilled vegetables, potato kuegel and more. Cookies or rugalach are available for $3 each.

How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery.

When: Two hours’ notice is needed Monday-Thursday. Shabbat takeout orders are due Wednesday by midnight. Daily menu orders for Friday are due by Thursday midnight. Kosher Charlotte is closed Saturday and Sunday but is available for weekend catering events.

Meshugganah via Freshlist

Location: Online

Neighborhood: Charlotte

What to know: Meshugganah, a Jewish deli that opened as a pop-up in 2020 and is moving soon into City Kitch West End, is selling premade, ready-to-reheat latkes via Freshlist. A package of six latkes comes in classic or sweet potato flavors for $15.

How to order: Order a package of online at Freshlist.com. Supplies are limited.

When: Latkes are available for delivery Dec. 3-4.

Your Mom’s Donuts

Location: 11025 Monroe Rd, Matthews, NC 28105

Neighborhood: Matthews

Location: Park Road Shopping Center, 4205 Park Road Charlotte, NC 28209

Neighborhood: Montford

What to know: The bakery — which is closed at both locations Mondays and Tuesdays — will offer challah ($9), onion poppyseed scones ($14 for four) and raspberry sufganiyot ($19.50 for six or $30 for 12).

How to order: Place your preorder online.

When: Sufganiyot can be ordered for pickup Dec. 1-5. Scones and challah are available for pickup on Dec. 4-5.

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