Waring to serve up Passover buffet for sixth year

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- For the sixth consecutive year, Waring Dining Commons is offering Orthodox kosher-certified foods in a buffet-style setting during Passover, the week-long festival of freedom for Jews around the world.

Through April 2, all students, faculty and staff members can select from a variety of kosher items during lunch and dinner at no extra cost. There is no need to register to have access to kosher meals at Waring Commons.

Each year, Penn State Food Services collaborates with Rabbi Joel Roth of the Jewish Theological Seminary for everything from legal issues to menu choices. Student volunteers from Penn State Hillel also pitch in on menus, planning year-round alongside trained employees, according to Paulette Wilkinson, assistant manager at Waring Commons. Jewish dietary laws make distinctions between “clean” and “unclean” animals and forbid preparing meat and dairy products together. Employees take their jobs very seriously when preparing kosher food, Wilkinson said, since even a small error in preparation can mean starting over from scratch.

Lunch this year includes a kosher salad bar, matzo pizza, matzo lasagna, cheeses, fresh fruit and grilled vegetables. Dinner items include a kosher salad bar, chicken entree, potato dish, grilled vegetables, matzo ball soup, fresh fruit and desserts.

“We’re looking forward to another rewarding Passover at Waring for Jews and non-Jews alike,” Wilkinson said.

For questions about residential dining, contact Lisa Wandel at lsw1@psu.edu or 814-863-1255

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Last Updated April 27, 2013