The Jewish holiday of Passover can be a tricky one for event caterers. Beyond the typical rules of kosher catering, the weeklong holiday—which traditionally kicks off with a Seder dinner and runs from March 30 to April 7 this year—has additional dietary restrictions. Observant Jews avoid grain products including bread, pasta, and pastries, instead substituting in unleavened bread, a.k.a. matzo. Depending on the branch of Judaism observed, other restricted foods can include rice, beans, peanuts, and corn syrup.
While the rules sound challenging, the holiday offers a chance for chefs to get creative. Click through the slide show for Passover-friendly fish and meat dishes, appetizers, cakes, and more.