“Kosher Style” Pesach Menus Were Actually Treif


passover-style-kosherOffering a Pesach menu to patrons is good business, even if the food is just “kosher style” and not certified kosher. For years, Balducci’s has offered the traditional Pesach foods with the caveat that the food is not kosher. In fact, Balducci’s courts its kosher style patrons during the Yomim Noraim as well. The practice has drawn criticism from certification agencies and rabbonim out of fear that unsuspecting customers will think that the food is authentically kosher.

The New York Post reported that “chefs at three of the city’s best Mexican restaurants-Toloache, Dos Caminos and Rosa Mexicano” offered “Passover menus.” The Post quoted Meghan Young, chef at Dos Caminos Soho, as saying that a “chili-infused Passover menu” was a no-brainer. “We do special menus on holidays like X-mas, so why not add Passover?” she says. “There’s a large community of Orthodox Jews in Mexico City and Guadalajara, and New York has a large Jewish population too, so it makes sense. Despite the [ingredient] limitations, this is a holiday where a lot of eating goes on.”

Continued the Post: “Over at Toloache in the Theater District, chef Julian Medina rolls tortillas from matzo “masa,” not only as a nod to the expansive Jewish population in his birthplace of Mexico City, but to honor his conversion to Judaism after marrying his wife, Annie. Like any mensch, soon after the wedding, he got into the kitchen and learned a thing or two about traditional Jewish cooking. “I always help my mother-in-law with the cooking, and I thought it would be nice to celebrate the holiday at the restaurant, too,” says Medina.

Many other restaurants throughout the country also offered the kosher style Pesach foods on their Web sites.

{KosherToday/Elisha Ferber-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. I dont know why anyone would be surprised by this… The reality is that more and more companies are looking to make money even if it means lying. Whats worse is that many grocery stores put kosher products in the “for passover” bins or worse is when something unkosher is in the kosher section… A good example of this is Hebrew National mixed in with Kosher Hot Dogs.