Serving Up a Sense of Community
What started on a lark several years ago has turned into one of the most popular programs offered by The Neighborhood House. Dubbed the "Community Cafe," this series of luncheons offers community members of all ages the perfect excuse to gather, enjoy a meal, and share some laughs. Although the Cafe meets twice a month (1st + 3rd Thursdays) during what is considered the "slow season," it is not uncommon for over 100 guests to drop by for lunch.
The luncheons feature a choice of homemade main courses including a vegetarian option. There is also salad, bread generously provided by Old Dog Baking Company, and dessert. EVERYONE is invited for just a $7 suggested donation. Seniors are invited to have lunch "on the house.” For those who are unable to stick around, takeout containers are available as well. Each Cafe event is sponsored by an area business or organization.
2017/2018 Cafe "Menu"
- November 16 -
Butternut Squash Bisque or Sausage & Kale Soup, Old Dog Baking Company bread, salad, dessert; sponsored by the Northeast Harbor Fishermen
- December 7 -
- December 21 -
Choice of homemade Fish or Corn Chowder, Old Dog Baking Co. bread, salad, dessert; sponsored by Swallowfield
- January 4 -
"Baked Potato Bar," Salad, Old Dog Baking Co. bread, dessert
- January 18 - CAFE @ NIGHT! -
sponsored by Island Towing & Auto Repair; Build Your Own Burger, salad, and sundae bar for dessert; Special evening hours: 5:00-7pm
- February 1 -
Choice of traditional or vegetarian lasagna, caesar salad, desert, and bread by Old Dog Baking Co. Generously sponsored by AB & JR Hodgkins.
- February 15 -
The Knowles Company will be serving up your choice of homemade (mild) traditional chili or vegetarian, along with cornbread, mixed green salad, and plenty of dessert.
- March 1 -
Welcome in the month of March with hot turkey sandwiches, homemade tomato bisque, zesty kale salad, and dessert! Generously sponsored by Chris Parsons Building & Remodeling.
- March 15 -
Mama Mia! It's a "Pasta Bar" generously sponsored by our friends from Coastal Computers. A selection of various pastas (gluten free option available), as well as traditional red sauce and more. Bread from Old Dog Baking Co., salad, and lots of desserts.
- April 5 -
April showers might bring May flowers... but April also brings our friends from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust to the Community Cafe. Join us for a Mexican fiesta featuring a "Taco Bar" with an endless assortment of zesty combinations.
- April 19 -
We'll close out another season of the Community Cafe in style, thanks to the generosity of the Dwyer Family. Join us for a "picnic style" lunch from 11:30am-1pm as we welcome in spring and look forward to summer!