By Larry Gordon
This is it. Here it comes. Get ready to either wheel that wagon with proficiency down those aisles or pack that suitcase to the maximum depending on where you are headed for the upcoming Pesach holiday.
Supermarket owners and managers say that this is the week that the shopping for he chag gets turned uo a couple of notches as people sek to full their lined shelves and cupboards with Kosher for Passover foodstuffs. After Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur it just may be that Jews the world over, regardless of the extent of their commitment are more serious about what they are going to be tasting and ingesting on this holiday than any other.
Traditionally Pesach is not just a celebration of our freedom and our demonstration of that independence by consuming the finest cuisine amongst other things. But it is also a yom tov that has deep roots in the matter of traveling or packing up and moving around. I suppose you can say that it is a holiday focused on stuffing. That is stuffing your shopping cart, your suitcase and to an extent yourself, in a manner of speaking.
So we reached out to the seasonal purveyors of food on a multiplicity of levels. For example, one young man—Eliezer Franklin—of Pelah Poultry is busier than ever filling orders for his several thousand customers mostly in places like Monsey, Lakewood, Brooklyn and Far Rockaway. This year in addition to the usual thousands of orders of chicken he has added to the menu other birds as well as beef.
I asked the young man (he’s my son-in-law and was in my home the other day), who said that these few weeks prior to Pesach were the busiest of the year, what it was that people who were of course home for yom tov, are order. He said that in descending order the list is chicken, turkey, beef (mostly roasts) and duck. I asked about gooses which I heard him mention in the past but he said that for Pesach that bird was not that popular. He is also doing special orders of squab (pigeon) which he has been providing some glatt kosher restaurants with during the past year.
What can I say? I’m glad he’s so busy. Later this week we will update this story after we talk to several caterers and other kosher for Passover food service people.