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Table of Plenty in Chelmsford 

November 2014

November 2014 Newsletter



Texas Roadhouse Dinner

Texas Roadhouse truck pulls up

On the first Tuesday in September, the Texas Roadhouse catering truck pulled up outside Table of Plenty and served up a special meal for an appreciative full house. On the menu was Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken, Seasoned Rice, Caesar Salad, Freshly Baked Rolls, and of course their Homemade  Honey Cinnamon Butter. Their mascot, Andy Armadillo, made lots of friends as he passed through the hall, taking pictures and high-fiving attendees. 

Andy Armadillo and Mary MoriartyA few months ago, Table of Plenty Board Members attended a marketing presentation by Texas Roadhouse on how the restaurant can contribute to their communities. The Board thought this would be an unique, fun event for our guests and a night off for our hard-working chefs. We hope to provide other creative dinner events in the future.

Guests were each sent home with a bag of the signature Texas Roadhouse peanuts as well. Many thanks to our friends at Texas Roadhouse for a memorable evening

A Feast for the Ears

Most evenings at Table of Plenty, our guests enjoy not only a deliciousParker, Davis, and Chase Rule meal in the company of friends, but lovely music while dining as well. Once a month, they are entertained by Cathy Martin on the piano, accompanied by Julianne O’Keefe and friends singing lots of favorites. Each month, they are also treated to Jeff Peterson’s guitar and songs. We’ve also enjoyed a nice relationship with Indian Hill Music School in Littleton who’ve sent artists such as the Rule Brothers, Parker, Davis, and Chase, pictured here. 

Supportive Scouts

Cub Scouts from Pack 77 present a check to Board Members Craig Bonaceto and Merri Serra

This past spring, Cub Scouts from Pack 77 sold a whole lot of popcorn. They chose Table of Plenty as the recipient of  funds raised from these sales. TOPIC  has had great support from the scouting community (both boys and girls), whether it be monetary donations, setting up tables and chairs, making centerpieces, or donating baked goods.

Community Night at Sushi Yanagi

Sushi Yanagi Restaurant

On November 12th, from 3pm—10pm, if you dine at the Japanese restaurant in Drum Hill, Sushi Yanagi, they will donate  15% of your bill to Table of Plenty.  Choose from a wide array of Teriyaki, Tempura, Thai, Sushi, and Hibachi dishes.  hey are located at 83 Parkhurst Road.  Please make sure to print and bring in the flyer for the event, which you can download here.  

Sponsoring a Meal

If you or your business are interested in sponsoring a meal, contact Table of Plenty at 978-710-8EAT(8328).

Sponsor a meal 

Thank You to Our Meal Sponsors

  • Phil and Pat Burton (In memory of Bonnie Christensen)
  • David L'Hussier
  • Kevin Sullivan
  • All Saints
  • Carolyn Clancy (In Honor of Ellie)
  • Barbara & Bill Morrill
  • Susan Mathews and Diane Rega (In Honor of Priscilla Rega)
  • The family of Doris Grout, in her memory
  • Bernice Goldman (In Memory of Wanda Ostrowski)
  • Bill Polakowski

Table of Plenty Meal Sponsors

Why do they sponsor?  For some, it is to give back to their community.  For others, it is in memory of a loved one.  Some sponsor as a gift - a birthday present, Mother’s or Father’s Day, Christmas.   

Meet Two More of Our Volunteer Teams

Sue Meenaghan's Team: Front Row:  Mary Paletta, Glorian Yerid, Carol Slighter, Paula Szelag, Sue Meenaghan, Gail Ciesluk, Sandy Brodie, Judy Omobono.  Back Row:  Bill Bennett, Tim  Slighter, Brenda Benson.  Missing:  Marie Recks

Sue Meenaghan's Team: Sue has been the team leader for her group for the past few years. Originally led by Brenda Benson, this team started with a few real estate agents, and added others who wanted to volunteer with TOPIC.  They are a hard working and flexible team who work well together, and are willing to step in for each other when needed.


Pictured: Front Row:  Mary Paletta, Glorian Yerid, Carol Slighter, Paula Szelag, Sue Meenaghan, Gail Ciesluk, Sandy Brodie, Judy Omobono.  Back Row:  Bill Bennett, Tim  Slighter, Brenda Benson.  Missing:  Marie Recks.

Val Langbehn's Team: Val’s Team is made up of “friends and Val Langbehn's Team: Pictured:  Weegie Dodd, Nancy Olt, Meg Watson, Kathy Brough, Marilyn Nicodemus, Jan Gurley, Mary Jane Grinham, *, Pat Shaw, Jim and Andrew Dolan, Val Langbehn, Roger Logeman, Linda Ridlon. Missing:  Kerry Dolan, Bonnie Heines, Edie Logeman, Carol Morris, Fran Murphy, Helen Powell, Anita Savilleneighbors”. Table of Plenty President, Maureen McKeown, lives in the same neighborhood and is in a book club with Val and suggested that she would make a great team leader.  So Val began asking around and putting a team together. She said it was easy as everyone she asked is charitably inclined and said yes.  She calls them a “team captain’s dream” - they always come through and manage themselves.

Note: In our last few newsletters, and in the next edition of our newsletter, we will introduce you to our nine wonderful volunteer serving teams at Table of Plenty.    

Scenes From the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Table of Plenty held a dinner to thank and honor our volunteers on May 7th. A good time was had by all!

Table of Plenty CakeVolunteer Appreciation Dinner

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President's Message

Maureen McKeown

As we get set to publish this next edition of our newsletter, Table of Plenty is about to serve its 15,000th meal! And over the course of four plus years, we have established a wonderful, caring bond amongst our many volunteers and cherished guests. It is such a privilege to share the stories, both joyful and sad, of those who come to TOP each week. Our volunteers comment on how they are enriched by their experience and look forward to their week to serve. Someone who was a new sponsor noted how impressed she was that we run such an organized event!  We continue to investigate new ways to reach out to those in our community who are experiencing food insecurity. An increase in our weekly numbers tells us there are more people to be served. 

We are so thankful to all our community and financial supporters who make TOP possible.

-Maureen McKeown, President

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Table of Plenty in Chelmsford, Inc.
18 St. Andrews Way
N. Chelmsford, MA  01863

978-710-8EAT (8328)




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Board of Directors


President: Maureen McKeown
Vice President: Jerry Serra
Treasurer: Deborah Kendrick
Clerk: Mary Moriarty

Craig Bonaceto
Kathy Clark
Jim Comeau
Joe Hehn
Marianne Hutchins
Mike Kendrick
Caithlin O’Brien
Merri Serra
Rev. Ellen Rowse Spero
Diane Taylor

Committe Members

Gerry Paolilli



Kevin S. Sullivan

Cooks Committee

Jim Comeau, Coordinator
Fran Geurard
Adelle Stavis
Paul Windt

First Parish Representative

David Blackburn

Inventory Coordinator

Sharon Hehn

Publicity Director

Diane Taylor

Technical Communications
Craig Bonaceto

Caithlin O’Brien

Volunteer Coordinator

Marianne Hutchins

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