I generally serve two dishes for my family: one is take it and the other one is leave it, but when entertaining others you have to be more flexible and account for a variety of tastes and food preferences. I keep a mental note of the variety of things my friends and extended family eat and won’t eat. This one won’t eat grey foods (mushrooms, eggplant, etc.), that one won’t eat vegetables, the other one won’t eat meat, who drinks and who doesn’t, who’s on a diet, etc. With Shavuot coming up and the tradition for dairy menus, here are some of my go-to menus and favorite recipes from the interwebs.
CLASSIC DAIRY SHAVUOT MENU
This menu doesn’t have a lot of challenging flavors in it. There is something for kids as well as adults and it isn’t too heavy so you can save room for blintzes!
A Hint of Honey’s Tomato and Fresh Corn Quiche
Dessert: Cheese Blintzes
Drink: Cucumber Melon Sangria
DAIRY-FREE & VEGAN SHAVUOT MENU
Cooking for vegans can be the most challenging of all because it usually involves “exotic” ingredients but if you have a vegan or dairy intolerant person in your household, this menu will help you get that Shavuot menu feeling without the dairy.
Dessert: Raw Fig Cheesecake
Drink: Pear Nectar and Thyme Mimosa
CAFE STYLE BRUNCH SHAVUOT MENU
This is what I call a menu for adults. The flavors are varied and distinct. With just 3-dishes (including the challah) there is plenty of room for cheesecake.
Naturally Ella’s Pumpkin Cheesecake
Dessert: Pumpkin Cheesecake
Drink: Iced Coffee
MEAT SHAVUOT MENU
Now meat is usually not eaten on Shavuot but if you’ve got some serious carnivores in your family, here is a menu based on my super simple 3-dish Shabbat Menu. The dessert is a zhuzzed up fruit salad that is is sure to please.
Kale Salad with Grapes and Cranberry
Store-bought Rotisserie Chicken (or roast your own)
Drink: Your favorite white or rosé wine