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CustomKosher, LLC.

Bethesda, Maryland, Montgomery County, Maryland 20817

(4)
5 hires on Bark
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019
CustomKosher, LLC. logo
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CustomKosher, LLC.

Bethesda, Maryland, Montgomery County, Maryland 20817

(4)
5 hires on Bark
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

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CustomKosher provides personal chef & catering services to organizations, families, and individuals -- daily, weekly & for all special occasion events.

CustomKosher Offers:
Traditional Jewish favorites & American classics with flair & freshness, guaranteed to meet kosher standards;

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Hannah & Hannah

20 September 2019

Linda catered our wedding for 160 people last May. She made us abundant, delicious food for a reasonable price. Our menu had a lot of variety – something for which other caterers we looked at charged much more. Linda was also flexible – willing to make us a non-kosher dish (crab dip), so long as we provided our own serving dishes, since all of hers are kosher. It was probably the best wedding food we've ever had, and we received many compliments on it. We found Linda to be responsive and attentive to emails and calls during planning, and she allowed us flexibility in modifying the menu and substituting items after we signed the initial contract. That being said, our primary frustration was her slowness in calculating the price impact of the modifications and getting back to us with answers about what we could substitute and what would be an upcharge etc... We don't dispute the fairness of the prices, but we could not make fully informed decisions about our add-ons because she didn't give us some of the price-change information until after the wedding.

Our main takeaways are that CustomKosher is able to provide extremely good food for a very fair price, but since it is a smaller operation that isn't specifically focused on weddings, there's no "standard wedding package." Because CustomKosher is small there some things (mostly dishes and serving ware) that they don't have on hand in large quantities, and you may have to rent or provide them yourself if your event is as large as ours. Additionally, everything (including the price) is customized based on Linda’s conversations with you. This could be a strength or a weakness depending on what you're looking for. We got a very personalized experience, but we also spent a lot of time discussing the fine details of almost every aspect of the meal. If we had gone with a larger, standard wedding caterer there would've been a lot of things we would never have had to think about, but no other company we looked at would have been nearly as flexible and customizable as CustomKosher. Ultimately, we were very happy with the food and experience, and CustomKosher made our wedding day more unique and tasty!
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Renee

7 May 2018

CustomKosher was so easy to work with. Linda is flexible & accommodating with menu ideas & suggestions. The food was delicious!

Thanks for the great review, Renee. It was wonderful to work with you, too. I'm so happy you and your guests enjoyed their meal. Congratulations on Noam's achievement! Linda

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Nancy Corderman

17 April 2018

Linda at CustomKosher was extremely professional and communicative in planning our event. The food was delicious and perfect in every way. We are very happy we used this company and highly recommend them. More...

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Jen DiGiacinto

16 February 2018

Hired CustomKosher for our Bar Mitzvah luncheon. Linda was so helpful with suggestions, understood our budget, and delivered on her promises. Our luncheon was a success and the food was delicious. Very pleased with our selection! More...

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My most popular dishes are Mediterranean and Moroccan specialties. My my most requested dish is a Moroccan tangine. It's recipe — along with 5 others — more than any other contributor, was published in a cookbook "Made with Love, The Meals on Wheels Family Cookbook", by the national headquarters of the Meals On Meals Association of America. This dish has a sweet/savory sauce containing a combination of organic diced tomatoes, sauteed onions, lemon & orange juices, white wine, cinnamon, ginger, garlic & dried fruits - raisins, prunes & apricots. It's great for dinner parties and perfect for special occasions because the sauce can be served with chicken, fish or tofu. Everyone at a large event looks like they're eating the same dinner. In fact, however, each guest can select the protein of their choice - chicken, a white fish or tofu. The meal is best served with French couscous & a baby green salad tossed with grapes, grape tomatoes & balsamic vinaigrette. Just before serving the tangine diced yellow squash & green zucchini are topped onto the sauce and steamed until bright & al dente. It's all around crowd pleaser!

CustomKosher collaborates closely with our clients to create the perfect menu. After an initial conversation I send potential clients a collection of food lists I have created to help them brainstorm what they might like to serve their guests. I also request that clients give me what I call their 'comfort number' — the amount of money they feel comfortable spending for their future occasion or their weekly personal chef services. Using their budget guidance, and the information gained in our conversation, I design a number of menu options for their consideration. After their review of these options we work together to plan memorable meals to match their tastes, style of service, health conditions when necessary and budget.

I love making people happy with my food and creating memorable occasions with delicious meals — whether they be elegant evening affairs or festive & fun picnics. CustomKosher works hard to make every event match the special requests & requirements of our clients.

I started CustomKosher as a second career. My first career was as a graphic designer. I morphed from graphic design to catering when computers were invented. Because cooking has been a love of mine since childhood it was an natural transition. I turned an avocation into a vocation.

People know that they can't or don't want to cook or cook well. There are also a very few kosher catering companies. And, because of my knowledge of health and nutrition CustomKosher even creates recipes and prepares meals for both Jewish and non Jewish people with the need for meals tailored to specific and significant health conditions and nutritional needs.

I'm proud to say that my clients love CustomKosher food and that we will not disappoint. Many, if not most, of my customers aren't Jewish or don't keep kosher they simply love my food. I pride myself in creating recipes to match the tastes of our clients with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Everything we cook for an event or deliver to a customer is made that day. I like to say I'm a freshness freak. My customers taste the difference and the love and care they can taste in every dish.

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