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Whole Foods Modernizes Hanukkah Dinner

Gourmet menu with chef Michael Solomonov available online and in-store hot bars
Hanukkah Dinner Michael Solomonov
Photograph courtesy of Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market is teaming up with Michael Solomonov, a James Beard Award–winning chef and co-owner of the famed Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia, to offer a modern Hanukkah dinner for eight. The meal will be exclusively available for preorder online via from Dec. 3 to Dec. 29.

Solomonov co-created the Hanukkah Dinner for 8 with Whole Foods Market’s culinary team. The retailer said it would provide a gourmet menu combining hearty winter vegetables with bold Israeli flavors, with each dish offering a unique take on traditions for an unforgettable meal.

The recipes featured in the meal will also be available on Whole Foods' in-store hot bars nationwide from Dec. 18-24.  

The Hanukkah Dinner for 8 includes:

Chicken Schnitzel With Apple Amba Sauce: Matzo-crusted chicken cutlets spiced with hawaij—turmeric, cumin and black pepper—then fried crisp and served with a tangy Apple Amba Sauce.

Green Beans With Mushrooms and Tehina: Tender green beans roasted with mushrooms and tossed in tehina sauce—tehina, apple cider vinegar, shallots and fenugreek—topped with beluga lentils and crispy garlic.

Twice-Cooked Eggplant: First charred for deep flavors, the eggplant is then mashed and simmered with onions, red bell pepper, paprika and coriander. It is brightened with sherry vinegar and lemon juice. 

Leek and Potato Cakes: Sauteed leeks add a subtle sweetness to these delightfully crispy potato fritters.

One of four culinary professionals to team with Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market for the holiday season, Solomonov is a recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s triple crown for outstanding chef, cookbook of the year for “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking” and most recently, outstanding restaurant.

The grocer is also offering exclusive meals and desserts created in collaboration with Jenne Claiborne, Nicole Rucker and Stella Parks.


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