Prepping for Passover: Lovely Seder Plates

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Last night marked the first night of Passover, and with it comes the traditional Seder feast, celebrated the first two nights of the holiday. At the center of every Seder’s table is the Seder plate, a special centerpiece that displays six symbolic foods that represent different parts of the story of the exodus from Egypt. Yet just because it’s traditional, it doesn’t mean it has to be old-fashioned. In fact, there are plenty of great, modern options for a contemporary Seder.

The master of modern re-works of traditional design, Jonathan Adler has designed this glazed porcelain dish with gold accents. Not only is this one of the prettiest options around, it comes with an added bonus. The dishes are hand made in Adler’s Peruvian workshop as part of Aid to Artisans, a non-profit that promotes fair trade. It retails in Adler’s Melrose Ave shop and online for $150.

While the Skirball center carries a pretty wide variety of Judaica, its selection of Seder plates is pretty limited, at least online, to just a single Michael Aram-designed plate. If the “Tree of Life” design doesn’t float your boat, maybe the foliage-inspired Pomegranate plate shown above is more your speed (to badly mix our metaphors). Made from stainless steel and oxidized bronze, it costs $225 online.

Surprisingly, Bed Bath & Beyond offers this handsome metal plate. The first letter of each food’s Hebrew name is featured on a raised pattern. The platter retails for $224.99 online.

Finally, our favorite resource for modern Seder plates is ModernTribe.com. Hands down, the site offers the widest selection of design-centric Judaica, with plates designed by Laura Cowan, Thomas Paul and Studio Alim. But our favorite this year combines our love for typography with our love for charoset – the Bold Words plate features the Hebrew words for the six symbolic foods, including Z’roa (lamb shank), Karpas (a herb, usually parsley), Charoset (a sweet mixture of fruit and nuts), Beitzah (a hardboiled egg), Chazeret (the bitter herb) and Maror (another bitter herb, usually horseradish). The plate retails for $110.

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