Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Come in Wearing Your Halloween Costume!

On Friday, October 29, we're getting into the Halloween Spirit by dressing in costume. Come to the cafe dressed in costume and you will receive some delicious goodies! We will also have a Dress Like Chef Roy Contest, so bring your best apron and cap.
A Photo for inspiration:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

One Year Anniversary Celebration

October 21st we are celebrating the one year anniversary of our sustainable cafe with a two day celebration. Of course we will feature some of our amazing food. There will also be entertainment, both Patty Fox & Friends and Albert Valleri will play live music for our enjoyment. Some fun events that will take place include door prizes and a silent auction. You can also win "A night with chef Rachel and chef Roy". Our two Better World Cafe chefs will come to your house and prepare dinner for you and your friends. Now who wouldn't love a night with your own personal chefs.

For our Community Craft Activity, we will make a paper chain of gratitude, we will then link it, and hang it in the cafe. Our wonderful sewing circle will put together an apron for display in the cafe. Complimentary cake will be served on both days to celebrate with something sweet!

A Better World Cafe is a joint venture between two NJ non profits, Elijah's Promise and Who Is My Neighbor? We serve seasonal and sustainable food in a unique pay what you wish setting. All proceeds go to running the cafe.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fair Trade

Here at the cafe we serve fair trade coffee. We see these words "Fair trade" a lot these days, but what exactly does fair trade mean. Here's what we found out:
Fair trade is a financial relationship between producers, sellers, and consumers based on the principle of equity within the exchange of goods. Equity is achieved by creating an environment for trade that is transparent and therefore accountable for the fair treatment of all producers. This includes providing market avenues that allow smaller producers the opportunity to sell, ensuring humane working conditions, and all the while protecting environmental and cultural factors that play into the production of their goods.
These are nine main principles by which all fair trade abides:
1) Create opportunities for marginalized producers,
2) Develop transparent relationships,
3) Build capacity,
4) Promote fair trade,
5) Pay promptly and fairly,
6) Support empowering working conditions,
7) Ensure children’s rights,
8) Cultivate environmental stewardship,
9) Respect cultural identity.

Monday, October 11, 2010

World Food Day @ A Better World Cafe 10/14

Saturday, October 16th is World Food Day, a worldwide event created to increase awareness, educate, and alleviate hunger. We will be promoting this event on Thursday, October 14th with a special round table food security discussion with Lisanne Finston, executive director of Elijah's Promise. Lisanne will address international and local food security issues, as well as ways you can get involved and make a difference.

We will be participating in the One World Everybody Eats challenge with our complimentary dish of the day. One World Everybody Eats challenge is a worldwide initiative to end hunger and create more awareness to food security.

Come join us this Thursday to fight hunger and contribute to a phenomenal international cause.

For more information on World Food Day visit their website: WFD USA
Learn more about One World Everybody Eats challenge

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Knit-In and Yarn Swap October 7

Board President of Who Is My Neighbor? Inc., Tina Weishaus, will be joining us Thursday, October 7 for our Knit-In and Yarn Swap. This is a great opportunity to inspire new project ideas and meet other local knitters. All levels of knitters/crocheters are welcome! Exchange unused yarn and enrich or lighten your collection as well as share pattern ideas. A door prize will be available for the selected winner: Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Indulgences by Judith Durant, filled with wonderful ideas for single skein projects. See you at the Swap!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Area events this week

Author and food activist, Michael Pollan, will be giving a free lecture in the College Avenue Gym at Rutgers University on Wednesday Oct 6 at 8pm. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Visit the Rutgers events page for more information.

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Art after Hours: First Wednesdays at the Zimmerli
Wednesday Oct 6, 5-9 pm
Art after Hours continues its celebration of the Zimmerli’s major fall exhibition, Water. Exploring our relationship to earth’s most precious resource, Water includes more than 100 works drawn primarily from the museum’s 60,000-object collection supplemented by significant public and private loans.
5:30 pm: Tour of the exhibition Timeless, Still: Photographs from Muybridge to Warhol led by the curator, Marilyn Symmes

6:00 pm: Filmmaker Hanna Rose Shell (Science, Technology and Society, MIT) introduces her experimental documentaries Experiments on Film: Locomotion in Water and Other Works. A discussion, led by James Delbourgo (History, Rutgers) and including Hanna Rose Shell along with Tanya Sheehan and Andres Zervigon (Art History, Rutgers) follows.

7:30 pm: Readings of water-themed poetry, including open mic opportunites, during the Student Poetry Showcase.

Complimentary light refreshments.

Admission is FREE to museum members and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff. $6 general admission.

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Rutgers Gardens Fall Festival on Sunday Oct 10 from 12-4 pm.

Day long activities include a Haunted Scavenger Hunt, Apple Tasting, Pumpkin Painting, Plant and Bulb Sales a presentation by Lenape Lifeways - an organization focused educating people on New Jersey's first people, the Lenape. Learn about the first inhabitants of the area and how they dressed, built shelters, grew crops, fished, hunted, cooked, made tools and weapons, treated disease, grew up and more.

Entrance fee is $5 per car. Proceeds benefit Rutgers Gardens.

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Highland Park is having a town wide garage sale on Saturday Oct 9 and Sunday Oct. 10

Friday, October 1, 2010

October cafe community news bulletin

Congratulations are in order!

Joel W., cafe volunteer on Mondays and Thursdays, moved into a new home. Best of luck to him and his family.

Maya made the cheerleading team. Go Maya, Go!

Beloved cafe guests, Ellen R. and Robin T. recently found new jobs that they love.

Some of our favorite little people started school this month and are doing great. We hope Sally, Portia, Ana, Noah, Owen and Conner and all the other wee people are loving school.

Katherine S., member of the RCHP Sewing Circle, moved into a new place where she can take it easy.

Get well soon wishes go out to the following:

Cafe volunteer Jo F. who seriously injured her rotator cuff

Dolores R., cafe volunteer, who had hip surgery

Fran S., member of the RCHP Sewing Circle, injured her hip and is in rehab for a while

Happy Birthday to these special people:
Chef Abby Hoffman, who has helped us in so many ways since day one, including making the cafe's matzoh ball soup, quiches and many other dishes she donates her time and talent to create for us

Judy R., volunteer cashier and server

Michelle of Rollingpin Productions, our weekly guest baker who makes vegan pastries

and belated wishes to Nicole V., who volunteers help with our blog and social media

Do you have news you'd like to share in next month's bulletin? Let us know.