From Captain Aileen Grossberg:
On a relatively mild winter night, the Carol Starr MESH Cafe served a full house of 24 appreciative guests plus several take away meals. Lynne Kurzweil and Aileen Grossberg served as creative co-chefs, repurposing food left from the weekend’s events.
Our guests were treated to a multi-course meal of salmon salad with miso marinated carrots, felafel with tahini, pickled cucumbers and crackers as an appetizer. This was followed by squash soup garnished with house made crispy chick peas, a mixed green salad and warm pita bread. The entree was za’atar chicken strips over vegetable infused pasta with a side of farro salad. A colorful fruit bowl of grapes, cantaloupe, and berries accompanied by crumb cake completed the meal.
Our guests applauded the mouth-watering descriptions of each dish and eagerly asked for seconds. One of our guests even wished that we cooked every night. Due to creative thinking, no one knew that the meal was mostly composed of leftovers.
Teen volunteers Elana and Orly were essential in the kitchen. Susan Rosenblatt was helpful as she always is, doing whatever is required. MESH staff Bonny, Adrienne and Joe kept everything running smoothly.
Three cheers for another successful MESH Cafe.
Please lend your skills and enthusiasm to this project. You won’t regret it. To sign up, go to shomrei.org/mesh.
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.