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What is a Shiva?

Shiva is the period of mourning for relatives after a passing. The Jewish tradition is often referred to as ‘sitting shiva’. Families sit shiva in a family home, mourning and praying, for a period of seven days following the burial. Oftentimes, guests are welcome to the home to spend time with the family and offer condolences.

Candle being lit at jewish shiva tradition

Bringing Food to a Shiva

It is tradition for family and guests to bring food to a shiva. It’s recommended to bring food that can be easily served and shared, and to avoid bringing any food that requires work from the mourners. It’s important to check with the family or someone who is helping coordinate the shiva to make sure that the same food isn’t being brought every day. Oftentimes there will be a meal schedule to help coordinate the process.  

Shiva catering and meals being delivered in Toronto

Shiva Meals and Catering

Everyone has different preferences and dietary needs and there is no standard shiva meal that is served at every shiva. Typical shiva meals include things like salads, baked goods, and fruit platters. However, families sitting shiva also need nutritious foods, so chicken, fish, beef, and vegetarian entrees are also popular choices for shiva meals.

Many people choose catering when providing shiva meals for a family. By ordering a shiva meal from a caterer, you can choose from a wide variety of options based on the family’s dietary preferences and needs. The food is going to taste fresh and delicious and can be delivered directly to the family’s home (or picked up from the caterer if preferred).

Traditional fruit platter from jewish shiva catering menu

Encore Catering's Shiva Menu

Sitting shiva is a very difficult time for family members and their close friends. Bringing food to a shiva is a thoughtful gesture that is always greatly appreciated. Encore Catering offers a variety of shiva meal options that can be picked up from our kitchen or delivered directly to the family’s home.

Our shiva menu includes a variety of soups, salads, sides, mains, and desserts. All of our catered meals for a shiva can be ordered directly online by visiting this link: https://encorecatering.com/shiva

We deliver shiva meals in Toronto and the GTA Monday through Saturday with one-day notice. The deadline to order for next-day delivery is the previous day at 4 PM. You can also choose a later date for your shiva meal to be delivered.  

If you have any questions about our shiva meals and catering, please give us a call at 416-661-4460 or email at info@encorecatering.com

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