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Catered Holiday Meal Provides Traditional Cuisine for 10 Guests
For many families, busy schedules can often get in the way of celebration during get-togethers like Rosh Hashanah. Catering options from Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers allow families to enjoy a delicious Rosh Hashanah meal together without the time or hassle of food preparation.
This holiday, Ben’s is offering its Catered Holiday Dinner for 10 guests. The catering package is ideal for patrons who are seeking to preserve the tradition of a Rosh Hashanah gathering, but do not have the time to purchase raw ingredients and prepare a meal for the get-together. Today, with more and more families struggling to find time to spend with loved ones, Ben’s Kosher is helping keep the tradition alive with simple and worry-free options.
For the price of $349.99, Ben’s Catered Holiday Dinner comes with 12 Mini Stuffed Cabbages, served with one quart of Chopped Liver or 10 Pieces of Gefilte Fish and four quarts of Chicken Noodle soup, served with 12 Matzo Balls. Included in the price is a choice between several Main Dish options — five Roasted Chickens, one Whole Roasted Turkey (15-pound average), or four pounds of Sliced Brisket. Guests may also choose two sides from among the following — String Beans Almondine, Egg Barley and Mushrooms, Kasha Varnishkes, Broccoli Almondine, Sweet Potato Pudding, Noodle Pudding or Potato Pudding. All orders include one-quart each of Cranberry-Pineapple Compote, Fresh-Cut Cole Slaw and Carrot Tsimmes, paired with a Round Challah, as well as fresh-baked Rugalach for dessert. Guests may add a Fresh Fruit Salad Bowl for an extra $29.99.
Those who purchase Ben’s complete holiday dinner on or before Wednesday, September 28 will receive three “Buy-1-Get-1 Free” future use coupons through the Ben’s Friends Rewards program (no coupons will be offered after this date.)
Ben’s takeout counter is also ideal for picking up last-minute holiday items, with a variety of options for everything from the main course to soups, side dishes, salads or desserts. Phone orders of $100 or more are accepted at least 24 hours in advance. Walk-ins are always welcome.
All Ben’s locations will be closed in observance of Rosh Hashanah starting on Sunday, October 2 at 4 p.m. and will reopen Wednesday, October 5 during regular business hours. For more information, visit www.bensdeli.net.
All Monies Raised will Support Winthrop University Hospital’s “The Angel Fund”
GREENVALE, NEW YORK — During the month of October — National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — customers who order Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers’ famous Matzo Ball Soup will have the opportunity to upgrade to a Pink Matzo Ball for an additional $1 charge through the company’s Second Annual “Cancer Ain’t Kosher” Fundraiser. The total proceeds will be donated to Winthrop-University Hospital’s Breast Health Center’s “The Angel Fund.” This committee-run organization is committed to raising funds in support of Breast Cancer research.
Last year, more than 1,300 pink matzo balls were sold and the aim is this year is to double that number. These efforts will be further supported through a friendly inter-store competition, during which each Ben’s restaurant throughout New York, and in Boca Raton, Florida, will work to get the winning title of “Most Pink Matzo Balls Sold.” As all Ben’s locations will be closed for Rosh Hashanah, the promotion will begin on Thursday, October 6.
Launched by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign held during the month of October to increase awareness of the disease and urge those to make a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. According to the organization, breast cancer affects one out of every eight women in their lifetime.
Spoon University listed our matzo ball soup as one of the quintessential Long Island specialties to eat before you die. "Our matzoh game is strong," the article comments. "We don't mess around."
Newsday and FiOS 1 both covered newly-nominated Rep. Thomas Suozzi's victory speech from Ben's Kosher Deli in Greenvale after the results of the Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional District were announced on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
Tom Suozzi was joined by his father (a retired New York State Supreme Court Justice), Melinda Katz (the Queens Borough President), former Suffolk County Executive Pat Halpin, town council members, NYC council members, campaign staff and supporters to celebrate the event and Tom's capture of the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional seat vacated by Steve Israel. We had over 200 people until after 12:30 a.m.!
Long Island Jewish World reported on Dr. Passes' "prescription" of Ben's Chicken in a Pot Soup! Dr. Passes has, for fifteen years, recommended this delicious soup as a soothing rememdy for pain after oral surgery.
The Island Now wrote a story about our friend Dr. Passes and his recommendation to oral surgery patients to eat Ben's Chicken in a Pot Soup to relieve after-surgery pain and stay hydrated!
Dr. Harvey Passes Prescribes Ben’s Kosher Deli’s Famous Soup to all Oral Surgery Patients
[Great Neck, New York] – Anyone who has experienced oral surgery – be it wisdom tooth removal or a root canal – can recall the post-operative pain they’ve endured. For patients of Passes Dental Care in Great Neck, New York, the prescription for recovery includes Ben’s Chicken in a Pot, from Ben’s Kosher Deli. The practice has been serving up this solution for more than 15 years after its Owner and Chief Dentist Harvey Passes had a serendipitous week that included a passed out post-op patient and dinner with his family at Ben’s in Wheatley Plaza.
The story begins with Dr. Passes visiting the restaurant. He had selected Ben’s Chicken in a Pot as his entrée for the evening, a choice that was “tasty and plentiful enough to take home for another meal the next day.” This famous Ben’s dish has been described by food critics as “an epic mélange” of half a fall-off-the-bone chicken with one matzo ball, kreplach, noodles, peas and carrots.
Later that same week, Dr. Passes performed a tooth extraction on a patient. Though she was nurse, and therefore a medical professional herself, he provided her with the same instructions as every other patient – plenty of food and fluids in order to avoid dehydration, brought on from the rapid bloodloss during surgery and the need to urinate post-operatively.
Unfortunately, this patient did not heed his warning. When Dr. Passes called the nurse later that evening to inquire about her condition – as he does with every patient – he learned that she’d passed out from dehydration and EMTs were in her home, tending to her. This resulted in a hospital trip and an IV drip to increase her fluid levels. “The problem with oral surgery is that people lose their appetite and just want to sleep,” explains Dr. Passes.
Dr. Passes quickly thought of his Ben’s Chicken in a Pot meal. “I thought that the entrée so very tasty, filling and soft enough to be easily consumed by oral surgery patients that it might just hit the spot,” he continues. “And I was right. Somehow, it activates taste buds and stimulates people’s desire to eat.”
So, for more than 15 years now, “I have been advising my oral surgery patients to consume it in order for them to avoid dehydration and fever. I’ve been told that the deli counter people are very impressed when my patients present their prescriptions for Chicken in a Pot. The Ben’s employees are all very accommodating and tell my patients to ‘please take a seat,’ that they will bring them the order and subsequently ask ‘can we do anything for you?’ My patients still talk about their prescrptions even years after their procedures.”