The Carol Starr MESH Cafe hosted a full house, and then some, on Tuesday. Luckily the offerings were bountiful thanks to the previous Syrian lunch, and the Simchat Torah celebration, which constituted much of the meal.
24 guests were served dinner and 7, for whom we had no room, were given takeout dinners. We had a good complement of helpers including newcomers Ira and Wendy Pollack. Ira is a whiz at the dish sink! Aileen Grossberg and Lynne Kurzweil were the chefs, ably assisted by Shomrei teens Noah, Pacey, and Amalia, and adult helper Rachel Kanter. Bonny and Joe ran the show for MESH. Continue reading →
This past Shabbat, September 22, 2018, we were honored to welcome to Shomrei Dr. Gwen Parker Ames, Executive Director of MESH, as our @nourish speaker. Dr. Ames is Dean of Student Success at Nyack College, Adjunct Professor in Family and Child Studies at Montclair State University and Chaplain Educator at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital. She is also a licensed staff minister at St. Paul Baptist Church.
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! Continue reading →
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!
We had another full house with 24 guests at the MESH Café. Chef Lynne Kurzweil put together a light summer meal combining some new items with leftovers donated by the Rubin family from their son’s bar mitzvah Kiddush. Sarita Eisenberg and Susan Rosenblatt assisted with plating.
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 →
The 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.
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 →
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 →
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.