Following up on CK’s post about whether kashrut is better for the environment, and just in time to wish you all a shana tova, I would like to share with you the competition our friends over at The Jew and the Carrot are hosting:

The Jew & The Carrot believes that Rosh Hashanah offers the perfect opportunity to usher health and sustainability into our year (see why here). So why celebrate with the same old greasy kugel served on plastic plates and washed down with Diet Coke?

The Green Rosh Hashanah Dinner Challenge wants YOU to inspire us by creating the greenest, most locally-inspired, and delicious Rosh Hashanah dinner ever. Whether you’re hosting 25 of your closest friends, or bringing a bit of sustainability to your hosts’ house, go ahead and let your green-flag fly. Send us a photo and description of your dinner (or dish), along with your recipes. (Extra credit for impressive food porn!)

More details & enter below the jump.

The Assignment:Get creative as you green your Rosh Hashanah dinner table!

The Requirements:A description of your sustainable ideas, tips and techniques, accompanying photo(s), and any/all recipes you make. Don’t forget to include information about who you are!

The Details:Email your submissions by October 3, 2008 to editor [@]
First prize winner will receive a copy of Aromas of Aleppo – a stunning, hardcover cookbook of Syrian Jewish cuisine by Poopa Dweck.
Second prize winner will receive a copy of The Weekend Baker – a collection of delicious, stress-free baked good recipes.
The top three submissions will be featured (with much fanfare) on The Jew & The Carrot.

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  • Wouldn’t it be more important to raise the awareness of the nutritional and (for kids) developmental benefits of freshly, regularly and commonly-held home-cooked daily meals?
    I soon learnt my NY-bf wasn’t in the slightest bit overdoing when he stated, “Do you know how an American Jewish (Ashkenazi as in his case, that is) mother cooks? She reads the instructions on the box and throws the contents into the microwave.”

  • The foods offered focus on the sweet, in hopes that those consuming the food will have a sweet New Year. Fruits, sweet vegetables and honey abound in Jewish dishes for Rosh Hashanah.