Friday, July 10, 2009

Shabbat on the High Line with the New Shul

fabulous views of Lady Liberty & the Hudson
from the High Line Park in NYC

Rabbi Dan of the New Shul leads the shabbat services
amid the trees in Chelsea's newest park the High Line

The New Shul - a progressive synagogue in the West Village
organized another one of their innovative shabbot programs
tonight at New York City's newest park the High Line in Chelsea.

Life in NYC's hustle and bustle is often vibrant and unexpected.
Visitors are surprised to learn that NYC City life offers
hidden treasures and quiet moments of reflections daily
and this past Friday was no exception.

Approximately 50 New Yorkers came by to
glorious weather, delicious food, warm community
and of course the beautiful new High Line Park.

Some folks joking renamed the park
the "Chai" Line for this special Friday night
Shabbat service hosted by the New Shul.
Throughout the evening visitors to the High Line stopped to
take photos, ask questions and even join in the services
and partake in the wonderful ecclectic food
that a potluck in NYC offers.

The Shabbat services lead by Rabbi Dan Ain
and assisted by Ellen Gould, co-founder of the New Shul
and it's musical director, were followed by
a potluck dinner supplemented with
catering by CuisinEtc Catering and Special Events.

The mandate was light summer fare
- no meat, chicken or tref
(noshellfish, pork, Etc)
so basically vegetarian fare

CuisinEtc Catering & Special Events
Culinary Artist Lisa Teiger
setting up food displays for the High Line Shabbat

CuisinEtc Catering was honored to provide some of
our innovative vegetarian and salad selections.

Stone Fruit Salsa with Stone Ground Tortilla Chips
Fresh fruit only - the best of the summers bounty
mango, cherries, apricots, donut peaches, fresh watercress
& finely diced vidalia onion,
add a touch of jalapeno & lime zest
and you have a dance in your mouth fantastic
juxtaposition of natural acidity balanced with natural sweetness.
A really delicious taste of summer goodness.

Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil & Diced Roma Tomato
with Bowtie Pasta, Garlic, Herbs & EVOO.
Another Summer Winner!

Our Classic Rondele Cheese Swirled with
Housemade Sundried Tomato Tapenade and Basil Pesto
served with CuisinEtc 's infamous
Nigella Seed & Parmesan Flatbreads

Sunflower Basket of Housemade
Calabrese Spinach Empanaditas
Rich Cream Cheese Pastry Filled with
Sauteed Spinach, Olives, Raisons,
Peppered Asiago Cheese & Spices
Baked with Sesame Seed Crust.

This is a tried and true CuisinEtc Catering Recipe
that dates back to our earliest days of catering.
We once made this dish on the beach at Key West
out of our Volkswagen camper and mini stove top.
Now that's creative catering for you!

Sailing Ship filled with Mandarin & Gold Cones of
3 Cheese Tortellini Antipasto Salad
with Olives, Capers, Gerkins
and Housemade Italian Vinaigrette.

Sailing alongside the Hudson River on the High Line
with cones of Tortellini Antipasta Salad

Chef Andrew Alexander-Crossan
of CuisinEtc Catering and Special Events
prepping cones of Tortellini Salad on the High Line

TriColored Carrot Salad
Fresh Yellow, Orange and Red Carrots
Dressed with Chili Lime Vinaigrette
This was one of those dishes that we created after
shopping at the Union Square Market this week
and finding fantastic fresh produce that was just begging to be created into a CuisinEtc Catering masterpieces.
Naturally gorgeous and delicious!

Bhel Puri Indian Potato Salad
Yukon Gold Potatoes, Chickpeas, Cilantro
& Vidalia Onions with Housemade Dual Chutney Dressing
The tastes and textures just expode in your mouth!

CuisinEtc Signature Coconut Meringue Clouds
those creamy crispy dreamy coconut cookies that everyone clamours for!

The New Shul's Shabbat services lead by Rabbi Dan Ain
with the help of founder Ellen Gould were brief but lively
and many the passers by stopped
to enjoy the unique atmosphere the Shabbat services
lent to the beautiful July summer night.

Celebrating Shabbat amid the trees
and above the busy streets of NYC
on the High Line in Chelsea

enjoying the food, the services and Shabbat
outdoors on the High Line

singing and clapping to traditional Shabbat songs

Rabbi Dan Ain leads the brief but lively Shabbat services

Executive Director Amy Eichenwald Golding
got to the High Line early
to secure the space and welcome everyone

Thanks Amy for organizing a wonderful evening!

singing with Shabbat
and soul.

Another fabulous
NYC experience
once again proving that Life
as a caterer