MESH Cafe June 26, 2018

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Report from Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

Tuesday night was our last cafe before we break for summer, resuming in early September.  We welcomed 24 guests and provided 3 takeaway meals.  Uber Chef Aileen Grossberg planned and prepared a special four course meal with the assistance of Sous Chef Beryl Hiller. First course was a refreshing cold Cucumber Soup followed by Green Salad with a small scoop of Tuna Salad, a mini Quiche and a buttered Roll. Main course was Maple Balsamic Roasted Steelhead Trout, Green Beans with Sautéed Mushrooms and Shallots and homemade Corn Pudding. Dessert included Rice Pudding with Blueberries, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Strawberries and Grapes. Whew!  A healthy, colorful,  gourmet meal that was thoroughly enjoyed and much appreciated by our guests. Food prep and cleanup helper was yours truly and of course, our MESH staffers Adrienne, Joe and Joe.  It was a great night of good food, good feelings and fellowship.  Several of our regulars personally expressed their thanks for all we do for them at our cafe, wished us a good summer and looking forward to returning in the fall.
Look for signup reminder emails the end of August and make this the year you commit to volunteering for MESH!  You will not be disappointed!

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MESH Cafe June 12, 2018

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Report from Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

On a beautiful June evening we welcomed 24 guests to our cafe and provided 3 additional takeout meals.  The outstanding team of Sarita Eisenberg and Sarah Steindel prepared a scrumptious summer meal, repurposing some leftover kiddish items graciously donated by the Greengrass family.  Continue reading

New Treats from the Shomrei Kitchen

IMG_0559The Shomrei Caterers have been busy these last few weeks. Congregants have discovered that we can do an excellent , creative job for them for kiddushes both large and small.  We customize menus, provide creative plating and table set-ups.

So think of Shomrei when you plan an event.

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MESH Cafe June 5, 2018

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Report from Captain Alex Kent:

On a lovely evening, the Carol Starr MESH Cafe hosted a full house of 24 guests. There was the least number of volunteers ever, and yet everything went off with out a hitch! Susan Rosenblatt enjoyed herself washing dishes, including a bowl that was bigger than she is, as well as pitching in with many other tasks. Chefs Aileen Grossberg and Lynne Kurzweil magically pulled together a meal, using existing foods, and spending only $12 on a few items. If only they could package that! Continue reading

Kugels Rule

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The weeks of anticipation were almost over. Shavuot was just a couple days away. Shomrei’s preparations for the community Tikkun were in high gear especially in the kitchen where the refrigerator shelves were overflowing with butter and eggs, vegetables and fruit.

The quiches had been baked; the cheesecakes were here, too. The blintzes were being prepped.

But what about the kugel? It’s not Shavuot without kugel. And why kugel and other dairy dishes? Continue reading

Mesh Cafe May 8, 2018

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From Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

This Tuesday evening, we welcomed 20 guests to Shomrei’s MESH Cafe.  Due to serendipitous events and some creative planning, the entire meal was put together with repurposed food, yet delicious, nutritious and enjoyed by our guests.  Engineered by Executive Chef Lynne Kurzweil there was $0 additional expense for this meal.

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Mesh Cafe April 17, 2018

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From Captain Alex Kent:
The MESH Cafe served 24 guests Tuesday night, including 3 children. Chef Lynne Kurzweil stepped up once again to prepare a healthy, tasty dinner for the group, with Aileen Grossberg acting as sous chef. The crowd was served a green salad to start, accompanied by challah bread and spread. That was followed by a nourishing meatloaf, with peas and roasted carrots, and roasted, smashed potatoes, which were seasoned to perfection. Dessert was chocolate cake with fruit salad. Teen helpers included regulars Sarah and Amalia, along with Jack who wielded a mean potato masher. Montclair State interns Siobhan and Rebecca were on hand, along with two other MSU students: Jenna and Christina. MESH staffers Adrienne, Joseph and Maria ran the show in their usual competent manner.

Tonight’s meal was graciously sponsored in memory of Muriel Kurzweil Kanow by Linda and Todd Wieseneck, Felice and Don Levine, Joan and Don Zief, Maria and Jerry W. Czin, Judy and Neal Yudkoff and Risa and Seth Levine

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Mesh Cafe April 10, 2018

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From Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

We welcomed a full house of 24 guests, including a family with several children, to this week’s MESH Cafe at Shomrei. Chef du Jour was yours truly with gracious contributions by Merrill and Andy Silver. First course was Merrill’s Old Fashioned Salad (a NYTIMES recipe) accompanied by warm pita and spread. Main course was potato crusted tilapia with roasted sweet potato and roasted asparagus garnished with red pepper strips. Dessert was Apple Pastry Strip (Silvers) with homemade whipped cream. The meal was warmly appreciated by all. Helpers included  twice monthly regular Susan Rosenblatt assisting with food prep and cleanup and first time MESH volunteer Analesa Berg, (who will be the next Artist in Residence in Shomrei’s gallery.) Also assisting with food prep were Hailey and Lilli. MESH staffers Adrienne, Joe and Maria oversaw a crack team of young people including first time teen volunteer Jack, along with MESH interns Rebecca and Siobhan and three additional MSU students who set up, served and cleared.
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Mesh Cafe April 3, 2018

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From Captain Shirley Grill:

The awesome team of Chefs Lynne Kurzweil and Aileen Grossberg ensured that we had a spectacular Pesach meal for our 22 guests on Tuesday, April 3.  Aileen planned the meal and Lynne cooked all Monday, so everything was prepared for the small kitchen team of Aileen, Yael Webber (Shomrei’ s own JLC teacher on vacation!) and yours truly–serving as kitchen help and captain.  We were supported by the MESH team led by Adrienne, with servers Siobhan, Rebecca, Joe and Joe (security.)  And our custodian Kevin did kitchen cleanup.  Continue reading