Report from Captain Shirley Grill:
Our first Carol Starr Mesh Café of 2018 opened on a very wet and dark rainy night—and brightened everyone’s evening with deep orange colors and tangy flavors. It may have been miserable outside, but inside it was a flaming fall festival of color—with a little pumpkin spice ala Starbucks!
The menu, produced by our top chefs, Lynne Kurzweil and Aileen Grossberg, consisted of:
- Squash soup garnished with croutons, nutmeg and cinnamon, served with a hearty bread. Seconds were requested and the soup pot was emptied!
- The main dish consisted of a base whole wheat penne pasta, mixed with spinach, vegetarian sausage, two cheeses, pumpkin and garnished with chopped pecans. It was hardy and filling—and again, seconds were the order of the day. The orange hues of the pasta were complemented by bright greens of the salad!
- Dessert was a colorful fruit salad with a deep chocolate babka—so yummy!
Tonight’s café was lightly staffed so everyone did double duty, with our server Sara Ann Erichson filling plates and delivering dishes at record speed. As always, we were supported by the MESH staff of Bonnie and Joe. The picture is blurry because everyone was moving so fast…or because yours truly (the captain) is out of focus!
The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) is a cooperative effort between the MESH organization and local synagogues and churches. Volunteers at each institution cook and serve hearty, nutritious meals for the hungry. Shomrei’s turn is on Tuesday nights. A good meal, and perhaps as important, social interaction and companionship offer respite to those who need it. Please help fulfill this crucial mitzvah by volunteering.
To sign up to help, go to shomrei.org/mesh.