Abel Caterers Closes Doors After 45 Years

We are truly sad to write that Abel Caterers is closing its operations as of December 11th. They have faithfully served several generations of Greater New Haven residents with their delicious kosher food options.

"Abel’s Caterers has been part of our family of families for decades and it’s hard to imagine a future without them. We are incredibly grateful for the partnership, creativity, kindness, philanthropy and imagination that Abel’s has provided through the years and can only wish everyone at Abel's the best of success and happiness," says Judy Alperin, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.

Please find their announcement below.

Friday December 11th will be our last day of operations here at Abel Caterers. While we truly appreciate the support that our community has shown through the pandemic and have pivoted as best we could to continue to serve you all, I have made the difficult determination that the time has come to close our doors.

For over 45 years one Abel family member or another has been providing kosher catering services in the tri-state area. It began with my father Neil as a young culinary school graduate in the 1970’s, and then continued with me 13 years ago after my father’s untimely passing. Although being a Kosher Caterer was never my dream, I could not help but fall in love with my work and with all of you. Thank you to our wonderful clients- you entrusted us with some of the most important days of your lives. 75-80 hour work-weeks were the norm during our busy seasons. Running from one end of the state to the other, managing housing for Mashgiachs, adhering to the laws of Kashruth, broken down trucks in the middle of the night, standing in ankle deep water grilling hot dogs, last minute funerals on the busiest weekends, and trying to keep the band on schedule so that the beef wouldn’t be shoe leather has been challenging. And no one loves a good challenge more than my team and I do. A young Rabbi once asked me if I attended Synagogue on a regular basis and I told him, “of course, sometimes 3 or 4 different ones in the same weekend!”

This decision comes with much sadness but also with many wonderful memories of sharing in your simchas and your lives. It has been an honor and a privilege to work WITH and FOR the Jewish Community. None of this would have been possible without my amazing staff throughout the decades who willingly gave up their own holidays and special occasions so that we could serve you on yours. I would especially like to thank my current staff who have masked up and shown up through a global pandemic. We have continued to cook and provide meals for so many during these unprecedented times. I would also like to thank my amazing family and friends who have supported me and Abel Caterers every step of the way.

We are reaching out to current clients to return deposits to those who had given them and I will continue to be available at (203) 389-2300 through the end of the year as we wind things down. I have picked some of our most popular Dinners To Go for our final week and I hope you will enjoy them as much we enjoy cooking them! Don’t forget to stock your freezer with your favorite Abel Caterers staples when you order your last Dinners To Go!

Again, thank you for your support and the lifetime of memories.

With love & gratitude,
Meredith Abel-Berei

Abel Caterers
70 Bradley Rd, Woodbridge, CT 06525

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