(Kosher Today, Monday, Nov 16)
Thanksgiving Becomes a Major Kosher Holiday at Restaurants
New York…Forget Chanukah as the leading kosher dining holiday. Thanksgiving Day, say kosher restaurateurs, has emerged as one of the busiest days on the calendar. Retailers too say that turkey sales have risen steadily over the past five years. Dave, the manager of the meat department at a large Long Island kosher grocer, says that turkey sales have risen by “about 20%” in the last three years. Most kosher restaurants offer a pri fixe dinner that ranges from around $21.99 to $39.99, including the turkey and toppings. Elan Kornblum, publisher of Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine, publishes a special newsletter with the offerings of some of the major kosher restaurants in New York. Sales of kosher turkey have also dramatically increased on such on-lines sites as kosher.com. Smokey Joe’s delivers kosher turkey dinners throughout New York, Westchester, Rockland Counties and New Jersey.