Eleven local chefs will join together to prepare a special Thanksgiving meal for Caridad Gardens residents, which is a jobs program using gardening to reintegrate formerly homeless Veterans into the workforce.
Each year, food enthusiast, comedian and writer, Jason Harris, organizes this special day with several returning participating Chefs to ensure that individuals who may have food insecurity are supported. In the past, he has coordinated meals for the LGBT Center of southern Nevada. The meals will be delivered and served at Noon on Thanksgiving Day at the non-profit organization.
“There are so many charities that are doing good things in the community. At Caridad, they are helping people who have fallen on tough times get back out there. They not only offer people a place to live when they otherwise wouldn’t have one, but an opportunity to learn new skills that can help them in the workforce for the rest of their lives. On top of all that, the fact that many of these opportunities are in the culinary field makes this a great selection and hopefully some of the chefs who are contributing will find new people to employ!” – Jason Harris, Food Writer
Food from well-known local chefs included the traditional thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.
Meal Donations by Chefs and Restaurants include:
Turkey – Echo & Rig – Sam Marvin
14-16 lb. Turkey, oven-ready, slathered with herb butter and stuffed with mirepoix & apples
Cranberry Sauce – Triple B (Brooks Brothers Burgers) – Scott Pajak
Homemade Cranberry Sauce with raspberries, French bread with whipped butter.
Roasted butternut squash – Main St. Provisions – Jessica Perlstein
Charred parsnip and carrots, pearl onions, and sage, smoked chestnut pesto (chestnuts, pumpkin seeds, lemon, sage, roasted garlic) pomegranate seeds.
Autumn harvest salad – The Summit Club – Geno Bernardo
Roasted Anjou pears, arugula, radicchio, Brussels sprouts, cranberry vinaigrette
Rigatoni Genovese – La Strega – Gina Marinelli
Basil Pesto, Pine nuts, Lemon
Mac and Cheese, Green Bean Casserole – Esther’s Kitchen – James Trees
Truffled Mac and cheese with garlic breadcrumbs.
Green bean casserole with mushroom fonduta and crispy onions
Baked Beans – Big B’s BBQ – Natalia Badzjo & Brian Buechner
Smoke Brisket Baked Beans
Stuffing – Johnny C’s – Sam Brooks
Sweet and sour turkey sausage stuffing with Jalapeño Cranberry compote
Mashed Potatoes – Valencia Gold – Jeffrey Weiss
Sweet Potatoes – Kitchen Table – Javier Chavez
S’mores sweet potato mash
Cobbler – Sticks Tavern – Trevor Garrett
Spiced apple cobbler with oat crumble