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Isaac Yosef, one of the co-owners of Frena, which recently opened a second S.F. location (Photo/Cathleen Maclearie)

Rosh Hashanah at Delfina and Canela; Frena launches catering; more Flying Falafel

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Delfina and Canela are among those offering Rosh Hashanah menus in San Francisco. Canela’s is four courses, including braised brisket sliders or tsimmes sliders for vegetarians with a roasted white fish filet, deviled eggs with horseradish and either honey ice cream or honey cake with honey butter cream for dessert. Four courses are $49, or $69 with wine pairings. Offered on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1.

Delfina’s holiday foods will include the Stoll Family Matzo Ball Soup and Lamb with Figs and Almonds, on offer for Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 29 and 30. On Oct. 8, the restaurant will open a half-hour early to do its three-course “speedy menu” for the pre-Yom Kippur fast. The special menu will include late-summer tomatoes with farro, choice of either roasted Mary’s chicken, smoked brisket, or farfalle with chanterelle mushrooms, kasha and nettles, along with sides and challah bread pudding with rum raisin gelato for dessert for $54.

Frena is now offering full-service kosher catering, including meat dishes, cooked across the street from Frena’s main SoMa location in the Chabad center’s kosher kitchen. Isaac Yosef, co-owner of the Israeli-style kosher bakery on Sixth Street, said people who ordered platters delivered kept asking about full service.

Israeli chef and event planner Yael Tzadok has been added to the culinary team and has already cooked event dishes like Chicken Marbella and bell peppers stuffed with ground lamb. (Her brother is Inon Tzadok, the co-founder of the popular Israeli-Palestinian pop-up Shuk Shuka.)

Yosef said they’ve already done a few events as a trial and “the dishes were amazing, the clients loved them,” he reported.

Meanwhile, the Richmond District location of Frena remains closed; Yosef said it hasn’t been a good fit for the neighborhood. People weren’t coming for breakfast and lunch like they do on Sixth Street, he said, and seem to want more of a dinner restaurant. He said it will reopen when the time is right, but he can’t say when. “We have to adjust ourselves to the area,” he said.

Flying Falafel’s Assaf Pashut announced that he’s opening two new locations in San Francisco, one in the Castro and one in the Financial District. This will make four total, with the original on Market Street and another in downtown Berkeley. As Pashut told J. last year, he hopes to make his brand the first national vegan fast-food chain in America. The new outlets will be at 463 Castro St. and 211 Sutter St.; he’s looking into making the one on Sutter kosher. Pashut is planning October openings, so stay tuned.

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."