Rosh Hashanah, Judaism’s celebration of the new year, arrives the evening of Sunday, September 25, 2022, and continues through September 27. Friends and family will gather around tables laid with symbolic foods like apples dipped in honey and round challah bread, intended to welcome a sweet new year. Here are some excellent Boston-area bakeries, restaurants, and chocolate-makers offering last-minute takeout of everything from apple- and honey-caramel candies to beef brisket and challah bread pudding for a full holiday feast — at one spot, you can even order the candles.
At this family-owned, kosher, pareve Newton bakery, it’s still possible to snag some last-minute goodies: Blacker’s plans to churn out round challah and Rosh Hashanah goodies all week long, with everything first come, first served. And since Blacker’s makes some of the best challah in the Boston area, it’s probably worth trying your luck in line. Special holiday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through this Friday, September 23, and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. (543 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton)
Clover Food Lab
With the help of Rabbi Barry Dolinger, Clover Food Lab has become a kosher vegetarian cornerstone for the Boston area. Until Wednesday, September 21 (or until the box sells out), Clover is offering a multi-course Rosh Hashanah snack box intended to feed three to five people for $65 with a choice of soups or salads including Moroccan carrot salad and potato leek soup; honey-fluffernutter sandwiches on pita; sweet potato kugel; and heirloom apples from local farms. To order, use the Clover Food Lab app or visit the website. Free delivery available. (Multiple locations)
Wrapped in clear cellophane bags tied up with a gold ribbon, EHChocolatier’s honey and apple duets are a charming addition to the Rosh Hashanah menu. The outstanding chocolate-maker’s long, thin double layers of apple caramel and wildflower honey caramel come in packs of five for $15, available for shipping or, in Cambridge, curbside pickup. (145 Huron Avenue, Cambridge)
The Rosh Hashanah catering menu at Mamaleh’s, a local mini-chain, is absolutely stacked with everything from Shabbat candles and chopped chicken liver to sticky honey cake, braised brisket, and potato latkes with apple sauce or sour cream. And if you’re picking up from the Cambridge location, you can even add drinks like Manischewitz, beer, and cider. The deadline for orders is Friday, September 23 at 2 p.m., and pickup options run from Saturday, September 24, to Monday, September 26. (Multiple locations)
Belmont-based bakery, cafe, and caterer Ovenbird is cooking up a concise Rosh Hashanah menu with just four enticing items to choose from: chicken soup with kale and potatoes, roasted chicken with country gravy, honey-roasted tsimmes, and spiced honey apple cake. Make your decisions by Thursday, September 22, for pickup on Saturday, September 24. To order, call (617) 489-5007. (105 Trapelo Road, Belmont)
Today, September 19, is the final day to lock down treats like beef brisket, mashed potatoes, sweet noodle kugel, and challah bread pudding from the Rosh Hashanah menu at Zaftigs. To simplify the nearly overwhelming number of choices, you can also grab a set menu intended for two diners for $57.57. Pick-up is on September 25 and 26. To order from the Brookline location, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To order from the Natick location, email email@example.com. (Multiple locations)