For Jews who live outside of big cities, properly celebrating a holiday like Passover can be tricky. If being away from family means missing out on bubbie's sacred recipes for matzah balls and potato kugel, maybe it's just better to let a proper seder slide. Next year in Jerusalem (or at mom's house), as the Haggadah says.
Then there's the difficulty in sourcing gefilte fish and chopping up the apples for charoset. Who needs that kind of tsuris?
Houston deli Kenny & Ziggy's, which stars in the new documentary Deli Man that's playing at the Landmark River Oaks Theatre, understands the dilemma and wants to help. Once again the restaurant will offer its Passover in a box.
Available to be shipped to any of the lower 48 states (apologies to Alaska and Hawaii), the $200 offering contains almost everything a Jew needs to celebrate Passover: Choices of two pounds of dinner-cut brisket or five stuffed cabbages, matzo balls, two quarts of chicken soup, five pieces of gefilte fish, carrot soufflé or potato kugel, one pint of tzimmes, one pint of charoset, horseradish, macaroons and brownies. Simply heat and serve.
About the only things someone needs to add for a proper seder is matzah and Manischewitz. Of course, the food isn't strictly kosher, but that probably won't trouble the people who order it.
As deli owner (and movie star) Ziggy Gruber has noted, “Moses led our people out of bondage, so why should you have to be a slave in your kitchen?”