Hello my friends,
Today I'd like to 'review' my visit to the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, yesterday afternoon.
It was fabulous. The three-course dinner was not the usual 'soup kitchen' fare. It was a gourmet meal fit for a king. My dinner selections, yesterday, were a Creamy Black and White Bean Soup, Salmon Croquettes with a Spicy Bean side dish and rice. My dessert was a delicious Carrot Cake Cupcake with a caramel drizzle on the plate along with a pinch of shredded coconut and shredded carrot. My beverage was fresh-brewed iced tea. By the end of the meal, I was stuffed. I had felt as if I had just eaten at a Five-Star Restaurant. And all for a minimum donation of $10.00 - if you could afford it.
At JBJ Soul Kitchen, if you are unable to pay for your dinner, you may volunteer an hour of your time to earn a voucher to pay for your meal. And when you do this, you are considered a VIP. I think that is just wonderful.
The volunteer hostess, Lynn, who helped to organize seating yesterday, not only arranged for our party to be seated, but she took the time to get to know us. In the hour we needed to wait for our table, Lynn frequently entertained us with interesting stories and friendly banter. She made a wonderful experience even more special.
Inside, at our table, we were greeted by the friendliest volunteer waiters and waitresses. They poured our tea, served our food, and offered gracious service... never without a smile.
I recommend a visit to the JBJ Soul Kitchen if you are in the Central New Jersey area. It truly is an experience. And if you take a drive around Red Bank and the surrounding towns, you will be amazed at the most beautiful scenery. I actually felt as if I had taken a trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Middletown, Rumson, Colt's Neck and Deal, New Jersey are a few of the most beautiful places in New Jersey.
You may click anywhere on this blog post to access the JBJ Soul Kitchen website: http://www.jbjsoulkitchen.org/
Take the trip....it'll be worth your time.