Five Tasty Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah

Get in the spirit with Tony Maws' schmaltz poached trout, a latke benedict at Roxy's Grilled Cheese, and more.


Latke photo via Kitchen Kibitz/Facebook

1. Craigie on Main’s Hannukah Feast

Chef Tony Maws has chosen some of his favorite family recipes from his Hanukkah dinners at his Baba Hannah’s family table, and have given them a Craigie twist. These festive dishes will be available on both Craigi’es tasting and a la carte menus Tuesday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 24. Imagine Maws’ original takes on classics such as date- and almond-braised beef brisket; celery root and potato latkes; and schmaltz-poached sea trout.

Six-course, prix fixe menu $98 per person or eight-course menu $118 per person, December 14-24, 853 Main Street, Cambridge; 617-497-5511 or

2. Lulu’s Eight Days of Hannukah

Oklahoma native Sarah Wade might be better known for her takes on southern favorites like Frito pie, buttermilk fried chicken, and wild game chili, but for the next eight days, the chef will be trying her hand Hanukkah specials such as mini reuben sandwiches, knishes, and kugel with drunken fruit. Other additions to the Lulu’s Allston Hanukkah menu include pigs in a blanket, potato-carrot latkes, slow roasted brisket, and deviled eggs with lox on top.

December 14-24, 421 Cambridge St., Allston; 617-787-1117 or

3. Kitchen Kibitz Throws a Steinbones Preview

There are still tickets left for Kitchen Kibitz’s next restaurant pop-up at Commonwealth. The “8 Crazy Bites” concept pairs up chef Nookie Postal with Kitchen Kibitz’s Jeff Gabel for an exciting Hanukkah party that also doubles as a preview of Postal’s upcoming new restaurant, Steinbones. The dinner will take place at Commonwealth Restaurant at 5 p.m. and will include five kinds of latkes along with dessert and cocktails. Examples of Postal’s latkes include a potato latke with pastrami and New York deli mustard; a sweet potato latke with smoked trout; a parsnip latke with brisket and Dr. Browns black cherry barbecue sauce; and a carrot latke with honey crisp apple butter. Doughnuts will be provided by Party of Two’s Stephanie Cmar.

$40 per person, Dec. 21, 5-7:30 p.m., 11 Broad Canal Way in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Tickets can be purchased at

4. Happy Hollandaise Brunch at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese co-owner James DiSabatino will be showing off a different side of his culinary repertoire, when he hosts his upcoming “Happy Hollandaise!” brunch. This dual Hanukkah/Christmas celebration will combine the best of both holidays. The $36 ticket for two will include offerings like a latke benedict with hollandaise and North Country bacon, chestnut and honey pancakes with Christmas ham, breakfast poutine, and gingerbread kugel with peppermint stick ice cream.

$36 for two people, Dec. 21, 11a.m.- 1p.m., 485 Cambridge St., Allston;

5. The Chubby Chickpea’s Kosher Christmas

For those looking for a Chinese food alternative this holiday, Chubby Chickpea chef-owner Avi Shemtov will be preparing a Jewish Christmas dinner, which will take place at Temple Beth Abraham in Canton. The kosher, family-friendly dinner includes a buffet style meal with six separate stations, all offering a different type of food. An Asian station will serve dishes like roasted duck dumplings, a barbecue station will serve brisket and baby back ribs, and the Middle Eastern station will serve Chubby Chickpea favorites like falafel and shawarma. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

$24.99 for adults and $12.99 for children 12 and under, 3- 8 p.m., 120 Jackson St., Canton; 781-828-6868 or