We welcomed a full house of 24 guests plus 3 takeaways to our final MESH Cafe of the spring season. We will resume serving in September while our MESH guests can attend cafe at other houses of worship over the summer. Tonight Master Chef Aileen Grossberg prepared a sumptuous feast with the help of Yours Truly, Arden Epstein and young helpers Zaniah and Sarah. Also assisting with plating, serving and clean up were Alex Kent and Rachel Kanter. Continue reading →
On a balmy spring evening we welcomed 24 grateful guests to the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. We also provided 2 takeout meals. The top notch team of Steindel, Eisenberg and Hammerman was on board with Sarah and Sarita preparing a delicious and nutritious meal assisted by Charles and Lou who ably performed numerous tasks including Lou’s stellar pot, pan, dish and utensil washing. We had a new helper tonight. Sarah, the young daughter of our custodian Kevin, pitched in with plating food and serving. She was a big help! Continue reading →
The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei welcomed a full house of 24 grateful guests this past Tuesday night. Four additional hungry guests were given takeaway meals. As we were about to say the motzi, one young woman raised her hand, stood up and said she would like to lead the blessing. She proceeded to recite “Baruch Ata Adon…” and then in English, both with perfect precision, as she has heard each week at our cafe. My heart warmed at her sincerity.
The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei welcomed 24 guests to our cafe this past Tuesday night, an additional 6 takeaway meals were distributed. Word has it that 35 people had lined up prior to 6:30 pm. Continue reading →
It was a cold night outside, but warm and welcoming inside!
Our fabulous Chef Arden Epstein, ably assisted by her sous chef, Zamiah, prepared a very sophisticated meal of: Deviled Eggs, Crudities and crackers for appetizers; Followed by Green Salad and French bread, Complemented by a main of fish stew with Cod and vegetables, And topped by a homemade magnificent Cappuccino Mousse with cookies (after mixing the mousse, the captain got to lick the bowl! Continue reading →
We welcomed a full house of 24 guests this past Tuesday evening. We also packed up 6 takeaway meals for guests we could not accommodate inside. Our chef was Ben Lefkowitz, who came back for the second week in row during his college break, this time as executive chef. Ben prepared a great meal including Hearty Vegetable Soup with Challah and spread, Roast Chicken with Roasted Broccoli and Rice Pilaf with Mixed Vegetables. Ben baked Brownies for dessert which were served along side Cantaloupe and Blueberries. Sous Chef was Lynne Kurzweil with a last minute assist by Lanny Kurzweil. Servers were Ben, Lynne and Lanny. Cleanup crew was Ben and Lynne. (You get the picture…it was a skeleton crew.) As always, Bonny, Adrienne and security guard, Joe, were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly.
Next week we have a great group of volunteers. However, the schedule for the last two weeks in January is completely blank. Please signup to help. We need you.
Thank you in advance.
On the first day of 2019 we welcomed 18 guests to the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. Uber Chef Aileen Grossberg planned, shopped and prepared a hearty meal of comfort foods to ring in the new year. First course was Black Bean Soup with Cornbread Crackers, followed by Meat Loaf, Roasted Thin Potato Chips, Roasted Green Beans with a side of Coleslaw and pickles and home baked bread and spread. Dessert was home baked Brownies, Vanilla Soy Ice Cream and Grapes. The meal was totally enjoyed with seconds for all who wanted.
On a chilly Tuesday evening, we welcomed 24 grateful guests to the warm and nourishing Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. Four others enjoyed takeaway meals. Shomrei Master Chef John Lasiter prepared a sumptuous spread beginning with Sweet Kale Salad, challah and spread. Main course was Braised Chicken with onions, garlic, lemon and herbs, Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Broccoli. Dessert was homemade Brownies with Cashew Milk ice cream. Continue reading →
This past Tuesday night we welcomed a full complement of 24 seated guests to the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. We also prepared takeout meals for 7 guests, including a family with 3 children who arrived late. Chef Fern Heinig was in her prime, preparing a hearty and delicious meal. First course was fresh made egg salad and seared tuna (repurposed from the weekend). Main course was honey baked chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, a tasty challah roll and a green salad with string beans, cucumber and green pepper. Continue reading →
This past Shabbat, September 22, 2018, we were honored to welcome to Shomrei Dr. Gwen Parker Ames, Executive Director of MESH, as our @nourish speaker. Dr. Ames is Dean of Student Success at Nyack College, Adjunct Professor in Family and Child Studies at Montclair State University and Chaplain Educator at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital. She is also a licensed staff minister at St. Paul Baptist Church.