Families across Toronto will kick off Hannukah celebrations on December 12 this year. As per tradition, the eight-day event is full of latkes, jelly-filled doughnuts (AKA sufganiyot,) and other classic Jewish foods.
Making it easier than ever to celebrate with mishpacha (rather than slaving away in the kitchen), Toronto stores, delis, bakeries, and caterers are serving up all the essentials.
Here’s where to stock up on all the staples of a Hannukah spread.
For latkes, catering companies and local delicatessens have got what you need. L-eat Catering, Caplansky’s and Centre Street Deli sell the fried potato pancakes in platters with the customary sour cream and applesauce on the side.
Of course, the aforementioned delis also deal in shaved meats by the pound and platter, along with loaves of rye bread, pickles, and mustard.
Schmaltz Appetizing offers expansive catering options featuring staples for practically every occasion on the Jewish. Here, smoked fish, schmears, Kiva’s bagels, blintzes and latkes served with sour cream and apple sauce are all available on platters for pre-orders.
On the menu at Lox + Schmear, The Lox Box for $40 comes complete with half a dozen St. Urbain bagels, house smoked lox, cream cheese, and an array of fresh veggies and garnishes.
Take the whole fried theme to the max with the addition of falafel, pita, and mezze on your Hannukah table. Sababa offers party platters at its take-out counter in the retail store next to the restaurant where it also bakes fresh pita. Meanwhile, Me Va Me can accommodate orders for falafels, laffa, salads, and assorted dips as easily as ordering take out.
For doughnuts and other desserts, My Zaidy’s Bakery and Grodzinski Bakery boasts massive selections of sufganiyot in both traditional powder-coated, jelly-filled varieties, as well as creative new flavours.
At Phipps find Hannukah cakes decorated in gelt, rugulah, and trays of cookies to satisfy sweet tooth.