Hi, hounds -- I need some help.
A large number of my husband's colleagues are Orthodox, and keep very stringent kosher.
We're planning on having a small holiday party for the office on a Thursday evening (after Hanukah) so that everyone can attend. I want to make sure that I have something nice on offer for all of our guests, regardless of their dietary guidelines, as I refuse to welcome people into my home and then not have a good selection of nice things to eat and drink on hand for everyone.
A little background:
I know that kosher varies widely, even family by family, so I know that I'm not going to be able to be all things to all people -- but I want to have as wide and acceptable a selection as I can.
I had tons of friends in college/university who kept kosher, so while I'm not expert, I do at least have a working knowledge of the important rules (I need help on subtleties!)
We had a cookout this summer, and I bought a small grill on which to separately cook kosher hamburgers, and had duplicates of all the foods I put out (in colored bowls to clarify which were which) that my other guests were eating. I have a separate wash basin in which to wash the items I bought for this event, so can reuse them (at the reassurance of one of the guys who attended this summer).
There's a decent casher grocery not far from me, so I do have access to marked products, including wines.
(Casher is not a typo; it's the French word for Kosher)
What say you, hounds? Please guide me toward a great holiday party!