Wow! I mean WOW! I can’t say enough how excited and grateful the entire team was for such an amazing turn out on Wednesday! Despite a healthy does of Colorado winter weather we still hosted over 100 people for our culinary trip around the world.
The evening featured foods from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kenya, France, India, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Hawaii (ok, so it’s not a country, but it was delicious and Karen certainly wins a prize for well thought out presentation.
Dishes we enjoyed included peanut soup, bean soup, squash and pear soup, curried lentils and rice, beef bourguinoin, a plate with pork, rice and macaroni salad, collard greens, french pastries, chai tea and mango lassies.
In addition to great food and great company, attendees were treated to trivia (There are 59 countries in Africa!), viewed a video which was part of the original inspiration for the trip, met the team, and were treated to a presentation by Doran Geise entitled “Who God Sends”.
Speaking of who God sends, this dinner never would have been possible with out the support and generosity of our cooks. A special Thank You to:
Samuel, Alberta, Sharon, Lenny, Erandi, Ravi, Karen, Tom and John
Our cooks, who were not paid and most of whom are not members of First Presbyterian, really went above and beyond the call of duty. Aside from volunteering to cook for what seemed to be an ever increasing crowd, they also served their food, mixed with our dinner guests, and stayed to clean up.
One of our cooks was so dedicated, that despite a spouse with a kidney stone, she still prepared the food she had offered to make and delivered it. We can only hope that this spirit of generosity will continue through to our trip and how we interact with those in Liberia.
At the end of the night we were facing a pretty disastrous kitchen (have you seen Home Alone? It was like that. Seriously). Thanks to those attending a pair of angels disguised as dishwashers, we had everything wrapped up within a little over an hour (it was nothing short of a miracle!!).
Thank you again to all who attended and who contributed donations. We are bowled over by your generosity, and are so grateful for your support of this project!