This is Rabbi Barry Dolinger, who kashered all of Clover. Barry is somewhat of a trailblazer in the Jewish community. Google him if you’re interested. He leads a congregation in Rhode Island and one of his missions is to get better food for the Kosher community in the Northeast. By better he really means better. He won’t certify a restaurant whose labor practices and sourcing practices he doesn’t agree with. So we’re honored to have him as part of the Clover world. And when Barry kashered Clover, it effectively doubled the amount of Kosher food available in the Boston area.
At this point all Clover restaurants, trucks, catering, and Whole Foods food is certified Kosher. You can look at the certification letters at www.cloverfoodlab.com/kosher if you’re interested in learning more, or have a Kosher group you’re looking to feed.
One of the sticking points for some members of the Kosher community (for example: a Jewish school who was considering us as a daily catering option) is our cheese. Although it contains no animal rennet, it is not explicitly branded Kosher. So we embarked on a path to get our cheese certified Kosher. Last month Barry went up to Grafton and participated in the run of a Kosher line of cheese just for us. He milked the cows. He flipped and hauled giant blocks of cheddar. I think he had a ton of fun and may be considering a career change (just kidding). Once the cheddar is aged (1 year), it’ll go into production at Clover.