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Where to Find Gourmet Passover Seder Spreads in L.A.

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No one ever said your haroset should actually taste like mortar. Let these local restaurants help you celebrate the seder without having to lift a finger. Here are a few options around town that will hook you up with the ultimate Passover spread.

Culina: In typical L.A. style, the Four Seasons Beverly Hills' restaurant will bring a unique fusion twist to the typical Passover meal. Enjoy dishes like chicken liver fegatini (also known as crostini); brodo con matzo zuppa (matzo ball soup) with lemon sage matzo balls; stracotto with braised short ribs and mushroom risotto; and a rustic almond cake called torta di mandorle, which will be served with macerated strawberries and strawberry sorbetto for dessert. All dinners will be include a side of haroset made with apple, walnut, blueberry, cranberry and citrus haroset. Seatings for the 4-course prix-fixe menu begin at 6 p.m., and eat meal runs $55 per person. Reservations are required and can be made or by calling (310) 860-4000.

The Larder at Tavern: The newest addition to Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s restaurant family presents a complete take home menu for the Passover holiday. You can either add their gorgeous dishes to your home-cooked meal, or bring them as a side to a communal dinner. Appetizers include chicken liver pate, matzo ball soup, deviled eggs with chives, and smoked fish platters. They'll also be offering brisket with horseradish jus and braised lamb shank for mains, and heaps of sides and desserts. For more info, pricing and to place orders, visit their site.

Jar: Chef Suzanne Tracht has planned a special Passover dinner and Seder service designed to bring families and friends together to celebrate the first night of the holiday. She's cobbling together a four course dinner that merges her family’s holiday traditions with the flavors and style of her restaurant. Guests will be greeted with hors d’oeuvres of house-cured salmon, crispy potato pancakes with creme fraiche and chives and traditional chopped liver with an English pea puree and feta cheese. They'll be holding an informal seder lead by author Racelle Rosett and Rabbi Susan Goldberg, with accompanying music by singer/songwriter Sally Dworsky. After that comes family-style dinner service. There'll be matzo ball soup in lemongrass broth, Spring veggies, pot roast, and more. The Seder begins at 5:30 p.m. and is priced at $130 per adult, $55 per child under 12. That includes Passover wines, coffee or tea, tax, and tip. Check their site for reservation details.

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Rosa Mexicano: From March 25th—April 2nd, Rosa Mexicano will celebrate their eleventh annual Mexican Passover, melding Jewish traditions with current culinary trends in Mexico. Along with a variety of Mexican Matzo Balls—from Poblano Pepper to Chipotle Marrow and Tomato-Jalapeño—menu highlights will include beef marrow matzo ball pozole, tacos with duck and sliced duck egg, roast saddle of lamb, and barbacoa de res -- aka BBQed beef brisket. Of course, no Passover meal would be complete without a recipe from bubbe, so they'll be having Grandma Shapiro’s Strudel a la Mexicana, which is made with tropical fruit and chocolate chipotle with whipped cream. Check their site for more details and reservation options.