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Hi! Thank you for stopping by to watch me, Leah, cook kosher. I've been the owner operator of my boutique catering firm in Seattle, Leah's Catering, for the past 14 years.
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We are consistently voted "The Best Kosher Caterer" by local JTNews readers. Since my Orthodox conversion 18 years ago, I am dedicated to elevating the expectations consumers have about kosher food. The community has been supportive of my catering service in a way that goes beyond business as usual.

It is my good fortune to be from Seattle, a city renown for its foodies and eclectic social conscience. Within this Jewish community, we have a long-standing Ashkenazi and Separdi blend of food and ritual. I learn from some of the best Jewish mothers in the city ~ young and old! Through the pages of this website and over time, I look forward to expanding my own learning of the foods Jews eat; classic and trendy, vegetarian and vegan, gluten-free and dairy free.....and, all kosher.

Feeding a community

All aspects of Jewish life are expressed with food, both traditional and trendy. Kashrut adds layers of holiness and meaning. Join me in a community of Jewish cooks who are excited to share their regional specialties and global perspectives on food in a Jewish context. Become a Supporting Member ~ its' FREE! Build your profile, share your recipes and feel free to contact me with questions, requests and comments. 

May we all be blessed for the love we share through food ~ Leah

 

It's A Shark!
Posted: September 19, 2011

Done! Done, done and more done! It has been a marathon since Tisha B'Av. Six weeks of back to back events ending with the Stand With Us reception prior to their very successful presentation yesterday at McCaw Hall. Sheer will eeks out savory and sweet tidbits for 475 guests. The event doesn't suffer for being the end of the line; my perfectionism streaks across the finish line.

Job over

Very long hallways to the loading dock

Phillip, owner of Noshaway, has the next reception for The Jewish Federation. It's been a community day at McCaw Hall and lots of familiar faces are in the building. Phillip and I, viewed as 'competitors', have much in common given the market we serve. I consider him a friendly rival, we each have our followers. I made the decision long ago not do the jumbo sized, mega events. Too many plates, too much effort. Hats off to Phillip and Arthur for biting off that biz. Exiting the building, we pass Phillip and his wife Dana in the downstairs kitchen. "Have fun!".....

 

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No Holiday Baking from Leah!!!
Posted: September 15, 2011

I need a sheital and dark glasses to walk through QFC incognito. The phone calls and emails are pouring in all with the same question. "Are you baking this year for Rosh Hashana?" My negative response breeds heavy sighs, I see the desperation across the miles. Tearing emoticons decorate replies in my email box. Virgo guilt rises in my belly; I'm nobody's BFF.

Closing the bakery 3 years ago was difficult but financially necessary. I sold product last year at the SJCC but required 5 days in Acapulco to recoup. Commercial baking is a tough business and I don't have the energy for it anymore. Alas, it is the end of an era in Seattle.

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Making Choices
Posted: September 10, 2011

The last 6 weeks have been insanely busy with catering. The next week promises more of the same. Post Labor Day and pre-Rosh Hashana, erev 9/11 amidst a climate of economic uncertainty and terrorist threats, famine and floods, fire and general inane political postering, the climate is perfect for personal reflection. In fact, the climate here in the Northwest is perfect with sunshine illuminating our glorious landscapes and water ways. Light adds optimism to thoughts of what might lie ahead.

Ferry Line

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