MESH Update Jan 31, 2023

The MESH Cafe has evolved considerably in the past three years.  Prior to March of 2020, every Tuesday evening from September through June, The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei served dinner upstairs in the Gallery to 25-30 food insecure members of the Montclair community.  When Covid prohibited in house dining, we provided Grab N Go complete meals which were distributed by MESH staff in a central outdoor location. Starting in 2023 MESH has an indoor location, the site of the former The Office restaurant at 619 Bloomfield Ave., provided through the generosity of the landlord.  The doors open at 4:30 pm, meals are served at 5:15 pm and guests can stay and relax until 6:30 pm.  The MESH Board has also set up a “MESH Store” where guests can “shop” for clothing and other essentials.  The Store is only accepting donations of new items.
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MESH Report Jan 24, 2023

Chef Fern worked her magic once again preparing a Mediterranean feast for 30 MESH guests in her home kitchen. She brought the meal in trays to Shomrei early Tuesday afternoon , all ready to be portioned and packed by Lynne Kurzweil and frequent teen helper, Jaden.  The meal included Baked Salmon with lemon garnish and Yogurt Dill Sauce, Israeli Couscous Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes and olives, Coleslaw, and Biscuits baked by Collin.  Each guest was also given a tangerine, a cupcake, a water bottle and a breakfast bar. Continue reading

MESH Report Dec 27, 2022

The dynamic cooking duo of Lynne Kurzweil and Joan Zief whipped up a feast of a comfort meal for 30 grateful MESH guests. With the able assistance of Susan Rosenblatt, all around amazing sous chef, helper, packer and dishwasher, the meal consisted of BBQ Rub Chicken, Roasted Vegetable Herb Rice, Roasted Peas and Carrots, Potato Latkes with Apple Sauce, sliced Italian bread, two clementines, Milano cookies, 3 Lindt chocolate truffles and a water bottle.

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MESH Report Dec 13, 2022

This week our MESH guests were treated to Chef Fern’s fabulous Mediterranean Feast including a special Chanukah treat.

On the Menu: Baked Salmon with Sliced Lemons and Yogurt Dill Sauce, Fern’s first ever batch of homemade Potato Latkes, Spring Mix Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Apple Sauce Cups, Rolls, Cookies, a Protein Bar and a water bottle.

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MESH Report Nov 29, 2022

First time MESH Chef Joan Zief took the reins in the Shomrei kitchen to produce a hearty and healthy meal for our MESH guests.  Main course was fresh baked Panko Coated Tilapia with Roasted Broccoli and Seasoned Brown Rice.  Fruit course was a banana and a clementine (courtesy of Gail Stocks).  Also included was Potato Bread and a Pain Au Chocolat (Chocolate Croissant). Oreo pack, breakfast biscuit and a bottle of water.  The bag was heavy!  Sous Chefs/Packers were Alex Kent and Yours Truly.

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MESH Report Sept 20, 2022

MESH CoChairs Aileen Grossberg and Lynne Kurzweil worked their magic with leftovers from the Selichot dinner. The tuna and egg salad filling was supplemented with more tuna, celery and onion and transformed into a hearty tuna/egg salad placed on fresh buns and pita with lettuce and tomato. Turkey sandwiches were also prepared to bring us to 30 servings which is our current weekly number of meals provided.

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