"It gets better every year," exclaimed the many guests attending Ezer Mizion's Lottie's Kitchen Event at the magnificent home of Suzanne and Eric Sasson in Oakhurst, NJ.
On July 8th the Sasson home was a beehive of activity, hosting the most anticipated happening of the summer. Hundreds passed through the doors starting at the bakery, which offered home-baked pastries or the Kitchen Boutique featuring today's latest and innovative gadgets.
Despite the 9 am official opening time, mothers were outside on the lawn with their children as early as 8:15 to have professional photographs taken by Susan Menashe.
In another area of the vast Sasson home, the well-designed Lottie's Kitchen Chinese Auction drew immense crowds.
More action was found in the kitchen where food demonstrations by the community's exceptionally talented women were held and outdoors at the barbecue, David Burke, Restaurateur/Celebrity Chef and Joy Pierson of Candle Cafe/Candle 79 introduced the crowds to delectable new dishes from the world of professional cuisine.
Americans celebrating a Bat or Bar Mitzvah in Israel often wish to enhance their milestone by volunteering at Lottie's Kitchen. The entire family prepares sandwiches or packs meals that will make a difference in the lives of a fellow Jew. Many have said that this hands-on activity was actually the highlight of their trip to Israel!
Several of the attendees at the Lottie's Kitchen Event relived fond memories when they saw their pictures on display, parents and children wearing their Lottie's Kitchen aprons and surrounded by mountains of packed meals. "That's us!" they exclaimed as their support of the event took on added significance.
What is an average day like in Lottie's Kitchen in Israel? Ditza, the director par excellence, runs Lottie's Kitchen with the precision of a business manager. Orders are precisely entered into the computer and each department functions like a well-oiled machine. Clearly labeled packages are ready on time for pickup and delivery - to hospital rooms and homes.
Caring volunteers take time out from their busy schedules to deliver meals. They make their way from room to room at the hospital, bringing a most appreciated smile and listening ear along with nourishing, tasty food that says ‘someone cares'.
Lottie's Kitchen Event in New Jersey...a hospital room in Israel...a hand reaching across the ocean...people helping people.