Gail Simmons is having a week. She premiered her new show Star Plates on Tuesday at 11pm, revealed her second Grub Street Diet in 10 years, and she’s getting ready to host a ton of family and friends for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that begins this Sunday evening. Here, she shares the full scoop on her Rosh Hashanah menu and her number one tip for making Jewish food for a crowd.
Rosh Hashanah Dinner
Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year and there is a ton of symbolism of roundness and the circle of life, so you traditionally have round challah. I’ve already organized my challah, which takes some doing because you can’t find round challah everywhere. I sit on the board of Hot Bread Kitchen, which is a local bread baking non-profit in the city and I have ordered from them two special round challahs – one whole wheat and one raisin.
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The other thing that’s really important for Rosh Hashanah is the symbolism of having a sweet year, which is represented by apples and honey. This year I think I might do an apple galette for dessert and we always do raw apples dipped in honey, which is my daughter’s favorite part of the meal because we let her eat a lot of honey and who doesn’t want to eat straight up sugar when you’re two and a half years old?