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Break Matzo at Max’s Deli for Passover

Apr 01, 2014 08:00AM ● By Megy Karydes

Photo Courtesy of Max's Deli

Preparing the meals for a traditional Passover Seder isn’t for the faint of heart. Max’s Deli in Highland Park wants to make it easier for families who want to celebrate the high holiday without having to worry about the meal preparation. The Highland Park deli is inviting friends and family to break matzo at their restaurant instead by taking reservations for its traditional Passover Seder complete with Seder tray and authentic Passover meal on April 14 & 15. 

“We want everyone to feel at home and celebrate Passover at Max’s without all the hassles,” says Joey Morelli, chef and co-owner along with brother Greg and cousin Stacey Goldberg. “Our Seder offers tasty and healthy variations of the traditional Passover menu.”

According to Morelli and his family, Max’s uses only the finest all-natural ingredients to serve Jewish fare with a twist. The traditional New York-style Chicago deli invites the public to have at least one Passover meal with them. The team at Max’s wants guests of all religions to feel at home as they enjoy classic Jewish dishes and learn about this ancient Jewish custom with family and friends.

The Seder customarily marks the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday. It consists of a feast with four cups of wine, Matzo or unleavened bread, symbolic foods, relaxation and celebration. It is customary to invite guests that may otherwise not partake in such a tradition. This feast is also used to pass, or “pass over” traditions that the family holds to the younger generation.

Max’s Seder will include such homemade traditional items as chopped liver, gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, local and natural half baked chicken, slow roasted brisket, matzo kugel, homemade carrot tzimmes with baby green beans, and a variety of fresh baked Passover desserts including hamantaschen, banana fudge cake, and chocolate covered matzo.

Reservations for the Passover Seder are required in advance and can be made by calling Max’s Deli at 847-831-0600. For those who wish to celebrate at home, Max’s also offers catering for special occasions, including this holiday.