Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Get involved with the New Brunswick Food Alliance

The New Brunswick Community Food meeting this Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30am to 12:30pm at the Lord Stirling School in New Brunswick

Join us to...
* Learn about what the Food Alliance has been doing!
* Learn how you can get involved!
* Learn about resources and projects in our community like community gardens, food pantries, nutrition education and more!
If you'd like to set up a table to share information about your organizations food related activities, please email to

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Dinner Fundraiser

Show your support for A Better World Café by attending our Holiday Dinner Fundraiser! On Thursday, December 8th, enjoy a cocktail hour, a four-course dinner and red and white wine. The menu will include dishes like mushrooms stuffed with turkey sausage in a parmigiana cream sauce, sautéed duck breast with African berbere sauce, and gnocchi in stewed tomatoes with pickled okra.

Seating is limited, so RSVP today at (732)545-9002. Cocktail hour begins at 6PM with sit-down dinner from 6:30PM-8:30PM. The dinner will take place at the Promise Culinary School at 211 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick (NOT our usual location at the Reformed Church of Highland Park).

Full menu:


Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed with homemade Turkey Sausage blended with herbs and served with a Parmesan Cream Sauce

African Pâté
A Blend of Avocado, Boiled Egg, Halibut, Lemon and Red Peppers

Veggie Pâté
Seasonal Veggies and Herbs layered in a Terrine and served with Homemade Garlic Chips


Arugula tossed with Gorgonzola and Toasted Hazelnuts and lightly dressed with a Champagne Vinegar


Sautéed Duck Breast
With an African Berbere Sauce and Pickled Okra

In Stewed Tomatoes and Pickled Okra


Butternut Squash and Ginger Spice Cake with Candied Pecans and Chantilly Cream

Sweet Potato Tart with Sesame Crunch and Candied Ginger

Walnut Cake with an Arborio Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Friday, November 25, 2011

December Community Events

December is a time to be festive. We'd like to share some special local events that are sure to put you in a holly, jolly mood. It's also a time to eat lots and lots of nice things. We've got you covered.

Friday, December 2, 2011
An Idea Party and Fundraiser hosted by Who Is My Neighbor? Inc.
7:30 - 9:30 pm
IM Gallery, 233 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park (enter from the alley next to Jerusalem Pizza)
Brainstorming, community building, socializing, and live music
Hors d'eourves will be served; BYO alcohol to share!
Suggested contribution: $25 (College students with ID: $15)

Friday, December 2, 2011
Tree Lighting and 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off
5:00 pm
Monument Square, New Brunswick (corner of George St. and Livingston Ave.)
Fundraiser for Elijah's Promise
A $1 donation allows you to sample chili from four New Brunswick restaurants and vote for your favorite
Live music, family fun, and a special visitor all the way from the North Pole!

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Holly Day Festival at Rutgers Gardens.
12:30 - 4:30 pm
Celebrate the season with holiday decorating workshops, hot cocoa, hot cider, and cookie decorating. Available for purchase: Poinsettias plants, Christmas trees, holiday wreaths, fresh cut holly and greens. 

Philomusica presents In Excelsis Gloria, a Christmas Concert
8:00 pm
Our Lady of Peace Church, North Brunswick
1740 Route 130 North (at Washington Place)
Advance tickets: $16 general, $14 students/seniors, $7 children. 
Call 1.888.744.5668 or visit

Sunday, December 4, 2011
Philomusica presents In Excelsis Gloria, a Christmas Concert
4:00 pm
Our Lady of Peace Church, North Brunswick
1740 Route 130 North (at Washington Place)
Advance tickets: $16 general, $14 students/seniors, $7 children. 
Call 1.888.744.5668 or visit

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Fire & Ice, a fundraiser dinner benefit for A Better World Cafe
Elijah's Promise Culinary School, 211 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick
more details..

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Community Seed Exchange hosted by the Highland Park Parents Network
12:00 - 2:00 pm at Better World Cafe
Featuring local garden experts Ellen Rosner and Barbara Howard
Bring vegetable and flower seeds to swap with your neighbors!
Saturday, December 17 & Sunday 18, 2011 1pm and 4:30 pm
American Repertory Ballet's The Nutcracker
The State Theatre

American Repertory Ballet presents its 49th annual Nutcracker this holiday season. The lush Victorian-era production features Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, performed with a live orchestra, and a cast of over 100 performers. American Repertory Ballet’s critically acclaimed dancers will be joined by students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the classic tale of a girl’s magical holiday journey. This year, the company unveils some exciting new sets on which to feast your imagination.
Tickets: P $57.00; A $52.00; B $42.00; C $32.00 Buy tickets online here.

Monday, December 26, 2011 (A Better World Cafe closed.)

Every Monday
Monday Morning Meditation
10:00 - 11:15 am
Rutgers Graduate Student Lounge (in the Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick)
No registration required. Email for more information. 

Have leftover pie?

We believe, pie is a terrible thing to waste.

But watching a pie fight is always amusing. This one, from the movie, The Great Race, is epic.

Don't try this at home.

Seriously. Don't.

If you're still in the mood, and you've got pie left over from Thanksgiving dinner then we won't stop you.(But we'd rather you invited us over for a slice, since we're closed today.)

Enjoy this demonstration on the art of hosting a pie fight. We'll just run for cover.

See you at the cafe next week!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Closed for Thanksgiving

The cafe will be closed Thursday and Friday of this week in observance of Thanksgiving. Happy Turkey (or Tofurkey) Day! Eat well, be well, and we'll see you next week!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Raisin' Dough", A Community Supported Bakery

Introducing “RAISIN' DOUGH”, the latest venture from Elijah's Promise! 

Raisin' Dough is a Community Supported Bakery; members purchase an 8-week subscription and receive a generous weekly share of artisan breads, cookies, pastries, cakes, pies and more, all baked by students in the Promise Culinary School Baking & Pastry Program. The Bakery runs year-round, and subscriptions can start at any time. Shares are picked up on Fridays from 3-6PM at the Culinary School, located at 211 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick. 8-week subscriptions are available for $150 ($18.75/week). 

The Bakery will begin operations with only 25 members, so sign up today! Membership is a great way to support your community and enjoy delicious baked goods at the same time. Contact Chef Chrissy Banks at for additional information or to order a subscription.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Menu for Week ending Nov 18

Check the selections we plan to serve this week and if anything strikes your fancy then stop in!

This Friday our dinner series is coming to a close as the Farmers Market ends that day as well - make sure you come by to stock up for Thanksgiving. We're serving sweet potato pie by the slice this week and early next week we'll be selling whole pies so it will be one less thing to bake. Chef Rachel will also have a cranberry ginger chutney available for purchase!

~ Gnocchi with pink sauce
~ Turnover of puff pastry filled with roasted potato and onion (Friday)

~ Rustic vegetable soup
~ Tomato-based mushroom barley (starting Thursday)

~ Better World Salad (v)
~ Pasta salad

~ Grilled mozzarella with garlicky greens
~ Open faced turkey meatloaf with brown gravy

~ Roasted butternut squash and goat cheese (starting Thursday)

~ Sugar cookies

~ Chocolate chip cookies
~ Brownies
~ Sweet potato pie
~ Hot and iced coffee and tea
Friday Dinner - Last one! Chef Armando's Mexican-inspired menu:
~ Tostadas with either shredded roasted pork or vegetarian with a medley of squash and onion both with cotija cheese and sour cream. Also served with your choice of authentic salsas - ranchero, pico de gallo, and salsa verde
~ Cochinita pibil which is a slow roasted pork dish with a citrus garlic marinade from the Yucatan Peninsula
Both entrees served with frijoles charros (black beans) and your choice of rice or sweet potato

Friday Desserts:
~ Cheesecake
~ Special Mexican surprise

~ Mexican hot chocolate - a rich chocolate concoction with organic milk, cinnamon and orange zest

Selections can vary by availability so ask about any additions/changes if you're calling to place a take out order at 732-510-1572. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Take a look at what we have to serve this week!

Plenty of warm tastiness! Also listed below is what is planned for this coming Friday dinner so if you're tempted, stop in since we'll be open until nine on that day. It's the next to last dinner before the Highland Park Farmers Market closes as we'll have our last dinner on the 18th

Selections can vary by availability so ask about any additions/changes if you're calling to place an order at 732-510-1572. Thanks!

~ Eggplant parmesan

~ Autumn vegetable soup in a chicken broth

~ Better World Salad (v)
~ Apples, walnuts and greens tossed with a balsamic dressing

~ Roasted turkey salad on ciabatta
~ Butternut squash, goat cheese, greens and balsamic reduction on focaccia

~ Pudgy stuffed pepper with beef

~ Chiffon cake with orange glaze

~ Chocolate chip cookies
~ Pumpkin muffin with lemon cream cheese icing
~ Hot and iced coffee and tea
Friday Dinner:
~ Homemade ricotta-stuffed manicotti with green salad and garlic bread
~ Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy served with rice pilaf and broccoli rabe (a BIG thank you to First Field for the broccoli rabe from their first cold weather harvest!)

~ Pies o rama!
~ Pecan bar (v)

Thursday, November 3, 2011


A fundraiser for Who Is My Neighbor? Inc. , the folks who brought Highland Park A Better World Cafe, Ten Thousand Villages and The Cave after school program.

Across our country, hundreds of thousands of people in solidarity with the #occupywallst movement are using their voices to envision a better world by promoting equity and sustainability in their communities and tackling injustices globally and locally.

Join us for sweet and savory fare and bring your spirits to share.
We will be facilitating....

Brainstorming:What ideas do you dream of for our communities?

Community Building: Engage in interactive activities and informational displays designed to stimulate your imagination.

Socializing: Enjoy good food, music and BYO alcohol to share with new friends and neighbors.

Suggested Contribution $25
College Students with IDs $15

BYO alcohol to share

All proceeds benefit Who Is My Neighbor? Inc's existing and future projects.

For more information or to by advance tickets for #OccupyYourImagination go to
or call 732-379-0897

Menu for Friday 11/4

Our Friday night dinners are winding down. We'll be serving dinner this Friday and Friday 11/11 and 11/18. Dinners partnered with the Highland Park farmer's market have been a blast. We hope you come in to join us for a meal and conversation on a Friday night. The menus will be delicious as always.

Take out or pick up available. Call 732=510-1572 to place your order.

Menu for Friday 11/4

Lunch specials
Curried eggplant and potatoes with basmati rice (v) - 7
nachos with salsa verde - 6

Lentil Tomato (v)

Open faced turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce
sweet potato black bean burrito (v)
Our all natural hot dog

Better World Salad (v)
French lentil with apples (v)
Broccoli. carrot, ginger slaw (v)

Pies!!! Blueberry. Pumpkin, Pecan and Sweet Potato. Quantities limited.
Pumpkin muffin
Chocolate chip cookie
Harvest cupcake
Maple pecan fudge

Dinner entrees (available 5-9 pm)

Swedish meatballs with egg pasta and carmelized red cabbage and apples

Eggplant parmigiana with broccoli rabe

Special dinner dessert: Vanilla biscuit with pumpkin mousse, whipped cream and ganache

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Today's menu Nov 1

Here's the selection of what we have so far today. Selections can vary by availability so ask about any additions/changes if you're calling to place and order. Thanks!


~ Stuffed pepper with beef

~ Apple and bean

~ Better World Salad (v)
~ French lentil
~ Waldorf curried apple

~ Sweet potato and black bean burrito
~ Sausage with peppers and onions

~ Baked apple with raisins and walnuts

~ Hot and iced coffee and tea