We are indeed fortunate to have a new restaurant in our area. It’s not exactly in the center of Springfield, but for those interested in a nice kosher meal or nosh, Shuman’s Deli & Bakery is well worth the 30-minute drive.
Steve Shuman, who has been catering kosher meals in the Hartford area for more than 20 years has filled a need and recently opened the new restaurant. Being curious, and hungry, I visited the new restaurant and had lunch there last week. I was pleased with the modern, clean facility at 12 Mountain Ave., in Bloomfield, Conn. The ambiance was pleasant, the service was quick and above all, the food was very good. It is under the Orthodox supervision of the Hartford Kashrut Commission. The prices were fair and the parking was easy and ample.
In addition to the new restaurant and catering business, Steven Shuman also provides selections available at the new Big Y in West Hartford (formerly Waldbaum’s) for take-out.
We also have many kosher food providers in the Springfield area. The Springfield JCC provides lunches and snacks Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. under the Springfield Vaad. The JCC also hosts a kosher Senior & Handicapped lunch program at noon for a nominal fee.
Traveling north to the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts, the public is invited to the kosher Franklin Dining Common from Monday through Friday afternoon. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and dinner is served from 5-7 p.m.
Kosher packaged meat, poultry and deli, along with a pas Yisroel kosher bakery can be found at the East Longmeadow Stop & Shop. Additionally, for baked goods, Gus & Paul (bakery only) and Dianna’s Bakery in Enfield are both under the SVK. For those wanting local kosher caterers, Chez Josef, La Renaissance, Aviv, Creations by Cheryl, Meital, and Bete Avon are all available.
Please patronize the kosher food providers and elevate your spiritual needs along with your physical needs.
Samuel Pava is president of the Springfield Vaad HaKashruth.