By: Lara Palmer
From when autumn begins until the day before Thanksgiving, all people can think about is their plans for the holiday. What are they making? Who’s all coming and bringing a dish? What time do they have to get up to start preparing all this food?
On the 16th and 17th of November, the culinary shop at Lenape Tech put on a Thanksgiving Buffet for the public. They had an array of delicious foods, including turkey, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, and stuffing. They also served a whole table of desserts made by hand, some of which were the classic pumpkin pie and an apple bread pudding. Everyone involved worked very hard to get it all done in just a few days. The students of the shop began preparing for this meal on the 15th while running a buffet for the Skills Competition judges that same day.
The event started a few years ago as a way to celebrate the holiday with the Lenape Tech restaurant guests. “It was a great way to bring everyone together and have a delicious meal, great conversation, and highlight the skills of the culinary students,” says Mrs. Fahlor, the culinary instructor responsible for setting all this up.
Throughout the two days, the buffet was attended by about 200 people, ranging from school staff to people from the community. The event even raised $283 just in customers’ tips. The Natural Resources students were also invited to sell their poinsettias during this event.
The entire event only lasted two days, but they were obviously a memorable time for the patrons of the event and the students who worked to make this buffet a success.