The free dinner to anyone in the community had a crew of 85 volunteers serving over 400 Thanksgiving dinners at the Great Plate Bar & Grill at 714 Central Avenue.
The restaurant’s general manager Alexis Brown said her volunteers had been working since Tuesday cooking 80 turkeys for the dinner and preparing the side dishes.
“The volunteers really shine getting everything ready to go,” Brown said.
Taking a break from the kitchen head chef Patrick Goodway looked over the crowd gathering for the dinner which opened at 11 a.m. and ran to 3 p.m.
“It’s going very well, it’s always good to see the community get together,” Goodway said.
Volunteers manned an assembly line getting plates of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, corn, green beans and pumpkin pie ready for diners.
Everyone who sat down for the dinner also received another one to go. Some people also took their dinners to go along with dinners that were delivered to seniors.
Volunteer Glenn Jones took a shift on the dinner assembly line, a tradition he has been doing for five years.
“I think the world of this program, not enough of it these days. It’s like it should be around the world, everyone should do this and help out,” Jones said.
Brown said any food left over from the dinner would be given to the McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter.
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