Long Island Bat Mitzvah: Awesome Ridiculousness!
So much food! So much drink!
I married into a Jewish family, and was welcomed into a world that serves awesome food like bagels, smoked salmon, and smoked whitefish salad. But what really blew my mind, were the parties!
My experience with these parties started shortly after I married my wife, Stacey. We had a small wedding in Savannah, GA with just some close friends and family. But afterwards, we had to fly to Stacey's parents' home in Maryland for a proper reception with all of the family invited. This was my first taste of a large gathering for a celebration with my new extended family. The catering was awesome; the aforementioned bagels, salmon, and whitefish were served alongside tuna salad, egg salad, fresh veggies, and a huge selection of desert choices. But this was mere child's play compared to a bar mitzvah party!
I have now been to eight of these events; four bar mitzvahs (for boys), three bat mitzvahs (for girls), and one b'nai mitzvah (for twins). I just got back from Long Island, NY from what's probably going to be the last one of these events my wife and I will be attending for awhile. And on Long Island, they know how to throw a party!
We celebrated our niece Shayna's bat mitzvah, this past weekend, at Kombart Caterers at Temple Avoda, in Oceanside, NY. This was our third event here in the past four years, and Kombert Caterers did not disappoint! The theme of Shayna's bat mitzvah was the good ole' American Carnival, and the theme was carried out beautifully. Upon entering the venue, guests were greeted by a pop-corn cart and a traditional hot dog push-cart serving New York's finest Sabrett hot dogs. I had mine topped with mustard and onion sauce! I was chastised, however, for wasting valuable room in my belly for all of the other food that I was about to encounter.
Arriving at the Carnival!
Sabrett hot dog topped with mustard and onion sauce!
Cocktails started at 7:30 PM, and you were welcomed into a room full of food and alcohol for some pre-dinner libations. The selection of food was vast, covering many different tastes and origins. My particular favorites were the "Philly Cheese Steak Cigars" (basically cheese steak egg rolls) and the salmon and caviar blinis. Oh, and the vodka. The gallons of vodka!
After awhile, we moved to the main ballroom for the festivities to truly kick off. In the main ballroom, the younger guests had a really neat area to hang out that included tents with carnival games. The music was loud and thumping, and the alcohol continued to flow for the adults. Hell yeah! A delightful "Barnum Buffalo Burrata Salad" with tomatoes and melon awaited us at our table, while the bar service was non-stop making sure everyone that needed one had a drink in hand. My beverage of choice was the vodka tonic with green olives. Well, and the occasional random shots with family members.
The party kicking off at full swing!
For dinner, I chose the "Big Top Black Angus Filet Mignon", It was phenomenal; a very tender and monster sized filet served with roasted potato wedges and asparagus. I'm kicking myself for not trying the "Ringling Long Island Duckling", but I'm a sucker for beef and will pretty much always order the steak.
"Big Top Black Angus Filet Mignon"
Look at this menu!
But dinner was eclipsed by the biggest dessert on Long Island! Holy crap it was huge! It started with a small but very nice dessert served at the table, that was quickly followed by staff coming around, and around, and around, and around with more and more dessert options. Fresh from the oven cookies, candy, ice creams, you name it and it was probably served at dessert! And at the tail end of all of the desserts, a staff member came around with a tray of heart-burn and upset stomach medicine like Alka-Seltzer!
The start of a looooonnnnnnggggggg dessert!
Snack cake station!
Pick your poison at the snack cake station!
The staff was constantly coming around serving treats like this; candy money!
But all of the food wasn't done quite yet! Once the music had wound down, and people started making their way out of Temple Avoda, guest had a selection of pastries, drinks, and candies to choose from to take home. As if we didn't already eat enough!
I wished I had grabbed some bottled water on the way out!
Loads of pop-corn!
Ughhhhhh! I'm feeling fat!
I was full, I was drunk, I was exhausted, and when we left the party, sometime after midnight, I had no interest in loading up on awesome treats to take out with me. It was off to the hotel to crash out in bed for as long as we could. And guess what we did the next morning?
Brunch. Loads of awesome bagels with all of the fixings, of course!
Congratulations Amy and Ian for another awesome celebration, but more importantly, congratulations to Shayna for becoming a bat mitzvah!