This blog is posted by "Elijah's Table," a joint project of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (1 Hood Road, Derry, NH) and Etz Hayim Synagogue (1-1/2 Hood Road, Derry, NH), both located on Hood Road in Derry, NH. Twice a month we provide free, family-friendly dinners, which are served in a relaxed atmosphere. There are other organizations in the Derry, New Hampshire area that also offer free and delicious meals to the public. Please see the calendar on the right-hand side of this blog for a list of upcoming meals. And don't forget the offerings of the Sonshine Soup Kitchen (described on the left-hand side of this blog) and The Derry Salvation Army!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

What people are saying: "Five Stars!"



What a night:  lots of people, tons of food (eggplant parm, mashed potatoes, cheesey broccoli, salad, dessert), halloween candy, and great fun.  People raved about the whole thing:  the meal, the door prizes, the entertainment, and the atmosphere.  I made these two videos that I submit to you, dear reader, as evidence of the wonderful time you will have at Elijah's Table.  Photos below. 

We at the synagogue next meet on December 18.  The Episcopal Church Elijah's Table dinner will be held on December 11.  In November, we will be participating in the Community Meals Network's annual Thanksgiving Day dinner on Thanksgiving Day (1-2:30 p.m.) at the Church of the Transfiguration, 1 Hood Road, Derry, NH 03087.  Please join us for great food and a heart-warming experience. 

Pretty blue sweaters.

The crew.
The crowd.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

When you have friends, you can exhale.

It was a phenomenal evening, in so many ways.  On Friday, while drifting off to sleep, it occurred to me that I would be the only one at Elijah's Table this Sunday.  Just me and my spatulas.  I sat bolt upright.  One regular volunteer couple would be receiving an award for all of their community service work; another regular volunteer couple planned to support their friends at the award ceremony; and a third group of people had a family emergency.  I put out the equivalent of an APB, and a ton of wonderful volunteers showed up at our doorstep.  In addition, we had a record-breaking number of guests. (BTW, We also had a record-breaking number of cakes to give away.) Whitney Houston sure got it right:

"When you've got friends, to wish you well
You'll find your point when, you will exhale (yeah, yeah, say)

Shoop, shoop, shoop shoop be doop,
Shoop, shoop, shoop be doop
Shoop, shoop, shoop be doop
Shoop, shoop, shoop be doop
Shoop, shoop, shoop be doop
Shoop, shoop, shoop be doop
Shoop, shoop, shoop be doop..."

Three angels.
NB:  Check it out:  The incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Raise your hands for ice cream!

We bought Klondike bars for everyone.  And when I said, "Raise your hands if you want ice cream," almost everyone did.  But we also had healthy foods:  fresh tomatoes, green bean salad, egg salad, and more.  And folks were happy.  Who doesn't love an ice cream bar?

Raise your hands for ice cream.

We want ice cream, too!

We ate our healthy foods.  Really we did.

More healthy eating.  Really.

Volunteers want ice cream, too!

Doing two things at once.  This volunteer deserves two ice creams!

This fellow showed up just to help out!  How wonderful!

Bill and me take a selfie.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Salad Days

I may have used the expression "salad days" before in this blog.  The expression comes into my mind when I think of summer and our young and youthful participants so enthusiastically helping out.  This morning, I wondered why the phrase was popping into my mind, and looked it up on the internet. According to Wikipedia: "'Salad days' is a Shakespearean idiomatic expression used to refer to a youthful time, accompanied by the inexperience, enthusiasm, idealism, innocence, or indiscretion that one associates with a young person. More modern use, especially in the United States, refers to a heyday, a period when somebody was at the peak of their abilities—not necessarily in that person's youth."  So, it's a fair fit.  Some pictures from our wonderful July meal are set out below.  Please join us in August.   

Making lemonade.

Friends wearing matching pink shirts.


Smiling girl.

Giving away salad.

Giving away salad, part 2.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Scenes from a summer meal.

We had a full crowd on Sunday.  And fresh food,  with cake and watermelon for dessert. 
Check out the cute little boy with a chocolate ice cream mustache.
Please join us in July!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The beginnings of spring?

We had a full house tonight, with quite a few new faces.  And so that makes today an especially good day.  Is it the good weather that has brought the new faces and, if so, does that mean we will continue to have new clients as the weather continues to warm?  I hope so.  The food, as usual, was wonderful, with several extra special veggie dishes prepared by volunteers, fresh orange slices, and some crazy good desserts.  Kids got ice cream.  P-L-E-A-S-E join us in June.

"Delicious" is what several clients said as they left, thanking us for a great meal.

New faces #1

New faces #2
(There's ice cream in their future.)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Noodle What?

We've officially switched to one of our summer menus:  noodle kugel.  This dish is as addictive as our eggplant parmesan.  We receive a lot of compliments and most people want seconds. I had an near Abbott-and-Costello moment tonight with one of our customers, that went something like this:

                            Guest:  Honey, what is this called?
                            Me:  Noodle kugel.
                            Guest:  Cooked noodles?
                            Me:  It's called noodle kugel.
                            Guest:  Noodle good what?
                            Me:  Kugel.  That's what it's called.   It's just a funny name.

So, I thought I would give some explanation.  First of all, "kugel" is pronounced "coo-gul."  It's a noodle casserole made with egg  noodles, and it can be sweet or savory, and maybe even both. Apparently, kugels were originally cooked in a round pan and were puffed up and round, so the dish was named "kugel," meaning "ball" in German.  Whatever, join us in May, when we'll be having that yummy noodle dish.

Below are some pics from the evening.  The lady on the bottom was the lucky recipient of our monthly free raffle.