Last year, our first year at Maris Stella, we tried to provide food for all meals and had made arrangements with a catering company to provide them. Unfortunately, it wasn't really a high point in our planning as there was way too much food, and we ended up throwing a lot of it away (which we hate to do, being the environmentally-conscious people that we are).

This year, we are simplifying. Friday night we will have a Fellowship Potluck Dinner, so please bring something to share. So far, people have committed to bringing:

• meat lasagna (from the Italian restaurant in LBI) • brisket with special BBQ sauce and Cole Slaw • 50 tea eggs • fruit and veggies • pasta salad • homemade spelt bread • beverages and cases of water • pasta salad • hummus, cheese, and crackers • layered potato dish • vegan rice, vegetarian brownies, and maybe peaches and apples • paper goods •

Saturday will be a catered Banquet (scrumptious and healthy is the plan with lots of options for vegetarians) that is included in the price of registration. If you just want to come to the meal and haven't registered, the cost is $25.

Here is the planned menu:

• Tossed Salad • Fresh Bread • Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli • Linguine with Clam Sauce • Eggplant Parmigian • Balsamic Glazed Chicken • Marinated London Broil • Broccoli Oreganata • Broccoli Rabe • Green Bean Almondine • Grilled Assorted Veggies • Potato Croquets and Rice Ball platter • Fresh Shrimp Platter •

Also this year, breakfast and lunch will be on your own, though anyone wanting breakfast is welcome to join the household in the Holy Family. Cold cereal, bagels, yogurt, and the like will be provided for anyone who wishes to join us for breakfast. Leftovers from the potluck and/or dinner will be available for lunch in the conference center. Additionally, there are also several good breakfast and lunch places on the Island. We might suggest, if you are not in the mood for leftovers, meeting others from the group at one of these places:

Saturday Lunch: The Greenhouse Cafe, 605 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom, NJ $$$

Sunday Lunch: Neptune Market, 8014 Long Beach Boulevard, Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008 $$


Greenhouse Cafe specializes in gluten free and organic food (but is a bit pricey). Neptune Market is just a short walk away, and they have an awesome deli and serve breakfast and lunch.



Or, if none of that appeals to you, if you can click here and you will get a list of restaurants that are open all year (because September is considered off-season, the normal list might contain closed restaurants).

If you have any other questions about food, just let us know.