From Captain Lynne Kurzweil:
Outside it was wet and it was cold. But inside Shomrei at the MESH Cafe, the warmth was apparent in multiple ways ….physical, emotional, spiritual, community, culinary!
We served a hearty and delicious meal to 19 grateful guests. Aileen Grossberg, along with two assistant cooks (daughter, Melanie Grossberg and son-in-law, Steve Hoviss,) prepared a homey repast beginning with Boppa Shirley’s Split Pea Soup. Main course was Fresh Salmon Loaf with Roasted Asparagus and Red Pepper garnish, Bok Choy and Apple Slaw, Roasted Broccoli, Peppers, Carrots and Cauliflower and Israeli Couscous with Apricots and Preserved Lemon. Apple Turnovers with Strawberries, Blueberries and Vanilla Ice Cream rounded out the hearty meal. Each guest received a takeaway bag with a granola bar and a clementine.
Aileen made good use of leftovers, some from the bar mitzvah kiddish this past weekend, other items from the freezer and pantry. Aileen estimated the cost at approximately $5 per person, which is pretty economical considering the quality and amount of food we served.
Teen helpers were Shomrei’s own Leelah, Montclair High student, Sam, and four helpful volunteers from West Orange High School, Katiana, Shaurya, Bianca, Romina and Shakira. Our lovely MESH staffer, Adrienne and our friendly security guard, Joseph, made sure everything ran smoothly.
To help out with MESH, go to: shomrei.org/volunteer
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