Any guest of mine can expect a cheese and charcuterie board on my buffet or coffee table, no matter the party size. The communal appetizer is standard, and its flavor profiles vary by the season. Yet with Halloween around the corner, I jokingly threw around the idea to replace goat cheese and prosciutto with white chocolate drops and pecan brittle. My classic Halloween party centerpiece was thus founded, thanks to the experts at 116-year-old Dinstuhl’s, whose brittles and barks and all things chocolate created a picturesque board display.
We can all agree that, 99% of the time, food and friends around a table invoke cherished conversations and opportunities to connect, whether at first bite or over a full bottle! Yet when the meal's centerpiece dish is one of every generation X or millennial's childhood dreams, a wave of nostalgia carries the tide of dining dialogue.
The Jewish holiday of Passover arrives next weekend. A marker of spring and renewal, our week-long observance inspires the word-of-mouth retelling of our religion's roots. And while we are traditionally commanded to physically and metaphorically experience our ancestors' slavery through rituals of matzah-breaking and horseradish-eating and parsley-dipping, etc., I attest that our kosher-for-Passover breakfasts should not similarly "suffer."