On a festive Tuesday evening, our Shomrei building was filled with warmth, joy and many happy, grateful people. In addition to our 21 MESH guests (plus 4 takeaway meals), we prepared and served a holiday feast for Shomrei’s 15 IHN guests.
We welcomed a full house of 24 guests this past Tuesday evening. We also packed up 6 takeaway meals for guests we could not accommodate inside. Our chef was Ben Lefkowitz, who came back for the second week in row during his college break, this time as executive chef. Ben prepared a great meal including Hearty Vegetable Soup with Challah and spread, Roast Chicken with Roasted Broccoli and Rice Pilaf with Mixed Vegetables. Ben baked Brownies for dessert which were served along side Cantaloupe and Blueberries. Sous Chef was Lynne Kurzweil with a last minute assist by Lanny Kurzweil. Servers were Ben, Lynne and Lanny. Cleanup crew was Ben and Lynne. (You get the picture…it was a skeleton crew.) As always, Bonny, Adrienne and security guard, Joe, were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly.
Next week we have a great group of volunteers. However, the schedule for the last two weeks in January is completely blank. Please signup to help. We need you.
Thank you in advance.
On the first day of 2019 we welcomed 18 guests to the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. Uber Chef Aileen Grossberg planned, shopped and prepared a hearty meal of comfort foods to ring in the new year. First course was Black Bean Soup with Cornbread Crackers, followed by Meat Loaf, Roasted Thin Potato Chips, Roasted Green Beans with a side of Coleslaw and pickles and home baked bread and spread. Dessert was home baked Brownies, Vanilla Soy Ice Cream and Grapes. The meal was totally enjoyed with seconds for all who wanted.
The Carol Starr MESH Cafe served 24 guests last night and 1 take away.
Last night’s menu was: Egg Salad on a bed of lettuce with cucumbers and tomatoes, Alphabet vegetable soup, Baked salmon with dill sauce, Mashed potatoes, Honeyed carrots, Cupcake, tangerine, and bread pudding. Captain Fern was assisted by employees of HSBC and non-Shomrei friends.
On a chilly Tuesday evening, we welcomed 24 grateful guests to the warm and nourishing Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. Four others enjoyed takeaway meals. Shomrei Master Chef John Lasiter prepared a sumptuous spread beginning with Sweet Kale Salad, challah and spread. Main course was Braised Chicken with onions, garlic, lemon and herbs, Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Broccoli. Dessert was homemade Brownies with Cashew Milk ice cream. Continue reading →
Shomrei’s MESH Cafe welcomed 15 hungry and appreciative guests this past Tuesday night. Melissa Elbaum was Chef du Jour and when the menu was announced there was hearty applause. Along with Sous Chef Bridget Placek, Melissa prepared a delicious Red Lentil and Barley Soup, Teriyaki Salmon with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Brown Rice with fresh herbs. Fresh Fruit Salad and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies completed the meal. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, it came to our attention that the Thursday evening MESH Cafe (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) was not going to be serving dinner on Christmas Eve. Aileen Grossberg was signed up to prepare a meal for our IHN guests (Interfaith Hospitality Network, temporary housing for homeless families) that night and Aileen graciously offered to expand the meal to include our MESH guests.
Aileen prepared a feast that was so much appreciated by 14 of our MESH regulars, complete with holiday tablecloths and paper goods and sparkling cider! Please note the menu which was displayed on the dinner table. Continue reading →