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From babka to brisket: Where to get Hanukkah meals on the Peninsula

Uploaded: Dec 9, 2020
If you haven't already made your food plans for Hanukkah -- which begins at sundown on Thursday, Dec. 10, and ends on Friday, Dec. 18 -- we're here to help. Here are nine local businesses making latkes, babka, brisket and other holiday fare for pickup and delivery.

A Hanukkah feast from Wise Sons Delicatessen, whose holiday fare will be available for contactless pickup at pop-up locations on the Peninsula. Photo courtesy Wise Sons Delicatessen.

Deja Vu Food

Jewish catering company Deja Vu Food has sufganiyot (including flavors like key lime pie and dulce de leche), several kinds of babka, challah, rugelach and other baked goods available for local pickup. UPDATE: Deja Vu is sold out except for Dec. 18, so get your orders in quickly. Due to high demand for the sufganiyot, however, owner Orit Hendler-Leib said they'll be available for online ordering after Hanukkah.

Pizzeria Delfina

Pizzeria Delfina is offering frozen latkes for pickup or delivery at the Palo Alto and Burlingame restaurants. You can up your latke game with a jar of housemade pear-quince butter or crème fraîche.

Wise Sons Delicatessen

San Francisco's Wise Sons is doing it all -- challah, latkes with housemade apple sauce, roasted brisket, matzah ball soup and more -- available for contactless pickup at holiday pop-up locations on the Peninsula, including Palo Alto on Thursday, Dec. 10, and San Mateo on Thursday, Dec. 17.

As Kneaded Bakery

As Kneaded Bakery is making two special babka flavors -- chocolate and cardamom-almond -- with limited quantities available at the College of San Mateo Farmers' Market on Saturday. Also, look for the bakery's challah at Peninsula grocery stores on Fridays and Saturdays.

Manresa Bread

Preorder challah and chocolate babka from Manresa Bread for pickup at the bakery's locations in Los Altos, Los Gatos or Campbell.

Hummus Bodega

Hummus Bodega's delivery vans will bring latkes, halva mousse, sufganiyot, challah and other Hanukkah fare to the Peninsula. Items are also available from Hummus Bodega's sister restaurant, Frena Bakery. Check the delivery schedule here.

The Marvelous Matzah Experiment

The Marvelous Matzah Experiment, a Santa Clara ghost kitchen concept, has its usual matzah ball soup plus latkes, noodle kugel, brisket and black-and-white cookies for pickup and local delivery, including through the Milk Pail Market's drive-through.

Neshama Foods

Kosher catering company Neshama Foods is making several kinds of latkes (sweet potato! maple-bacon!), a range of sufganiyot (from the classic jam-filled to nutella and halva flavors) and apple sauce for Hanukkah. They're available Dec. 7-18 and delivery is free in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Place your order at least 48 hours in advance.

Sweet Diplomacy
Gluten-free bakery Sweet Diplomacy is making its own take on sufganiyot, filled with strawberry jam, plus gluten-free babka, challah and almond cookies. Available for pickup in Los Altos or delivery on fixed days and times.

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Posted by Martin Engel, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest,
on Dec 9, 2020 at 12:59 pm

Martin Engel is a registered user.

It goes without saying that most of us have become cook-and-stay-at-home eaters. While your list of Hanukkah meal sources is certainly welcome, it would be really neat if you could also offer some of your favorite recipes for items such as brisket, latkes, and all the other holiday dishes available from the various restaurants and commercial kitchens that you have identified above.

Because times have changed and it's not my mothers kitchen of ninety years earlier anymore, I recently became a latke recipe collector, and by now could probably produce a potato pancake cook book on that subject. Amazing how many variations there are. And brisket alone also warrants its own cookbook.

If you have or know of any recipes for these meals that you have high regards for, please share them.

Posted by ChrisC, a resident of College Terrace,
on Dec 10, 2020 at 6:45 pm

ChrisC is a registered user.

@Martin Engel Here you go; Web Link
You could check this list of Holiday recipes for your favorites. I think these recipes are pretty good. Web Link

Posted by Happy Hanukkah , a resident of Midtown,
on Dec 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm

Happy Hanukkah is a registered user.

Milkpail Market has Hanukkah meals as well - thanks for writing this lots for us to explore!

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