From Captain Fern Heinig
Shomrei’s MESH Cafe served 16 guests last night in the Cafe and gave 6 take away dinners to guests whom could not join us for the sit down dinner. Head Chef and Captain Fern organized a four course hearty meal. Special thanks to Rob Faulkner and Amalia who came early to assist as Soux chefs and make 9 lbs of Fern’s famous meat balls as a the main. Amalia also helped prepare the vegetable soup which guests and volunteers alike could only use the word “delicious” to describe.
We also had 6 volunteers from the Montclair Jewish Workshop, Katie, Noah and his dad Paul, Owen and his dad Simon, and Samuel, who made the egg salad and helped serve our guests. First timers MESH volunteers, Dan Marcus and Milo, were a surprise and got right into the spirit of helping to serve and thanks Milo for all the pot washing. And of course, MESH volunteer regular Teddy and MESH coordinator Adrienne, and security man Joe, all made the evening smooth.
The menu consisted of:
Egg Salad on a bed of lettuce
Hearty Vegetable Soup
Meatballs over rice with steamed carrots
All our guests and young volunteers received a bag of chocolate Chanukah gelt in celebration of the last night of the holiday.
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A long time member of Shomrei, Fern is a past President of the Synagogue, 2016-2018. She is one of Shomrei's MESH Cafe (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) chefs. Fern founded Minerva Consulting. She consults to the healthcare industry on commercializing brands and developing the next generation of marketers.
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