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Manna Catering of New York City may be the only kosher caterer who refuses to cook "the traditional Jewish 'k' foods - kugel, knishes, kreplach and kasha." "They have become kosher catering clichés," explains Dan Lenchner, 42, owner/chef. Lenchner sees these dishes as family fare for the holidays, not fancy foods for kosher events. "I love cholent and tcimmes but they do not present well," he says. And for the new brand of Jewish chefs, presentation is almost as important as taste.

"You can't believe it's kosher" rave revelers who've sampled Tribeca-based chef-caterer Dan Lenchner's stylish international fare, which includes options from Balinese chicken to Chilean sea bass provencal: he counts many high-profile types amoung is clients (Steven Spielberg, Larry Tisch) and has fed groups ranging from 10 to 950."

"Though he's a high-profile kosher caterer, chef Dan Lenchner's cooking is contemporary and eclectic, inspired by an international array of cuisines and often taking a "healthy" approach; his "good service" has helped land such plum assignments as Steven Spielberg's wedding, as well as a wide array of cocktail receptions and benefit lunches and dinners."

"Full-service, "progressive" kosher caterer noted for highly personal service, as well as a sophisticated international menu that stretches the notion of kosher food beyond almost anyone's imagination and still satisfies the strictest kosher standards; a cocktail party on top of the Empire State Building, a seated dinner for 800 or a family holiday affair are all possible, with a choice of French, Indian, California spa, Malaysian or take your pick."

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