From Captain Sarah Kravits:
On Tuesday night the MESH guests enjoyed a pre-Thanksgiving meal courtesy of chef Aileen Grossberg and chef’s assistant Beryl Hiller. After a whirlwind of preparation in the kitchen — directed by Aileen and captain Sarah Kravits and facilitated by volunteer Cheryl and teen helpers Amalia, Jake, Delia, Lauren, and Leah — guests enjoyed a starter of butternut squash soup with ginger followed by a mixed green salad with homemade balsamic dressing, an entree of turkey meatloaf with cranberry chili sauce glaze accompanied by roasted baby potatoes as well as roasted butternut squash with Brussel sprouts and cranberries, plus rolls with margarine and a side of cranberry sauce. The meal finished on a high note with apple pie and non-dairy ice cream. Guests went home with a snack bag of a clementine and trail mix. Everyone was satisfied!
Shomrei served 26 guests in the dining room and made two to-go plates for additional guests, and among the 28 total served there were three vegetarians who had veggie burgers instead of meatloaf. MESH staff Bonny, Joseph, K’hari, and chaplain-in-training Lucy were terrific as always.
Special thanks to Judy Wildman who donated farm fresh produce from the winter CSA — squash, potatoes, and other root vegetables. As Judy said, “Good for the farmer, good for us.”
This Thanksgiving week we are grateful for the opportunity to help others, and grateful for the hard work of all our volunteers and the support of everyone who makes the Carol Starr MESH cafe possible.
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.