Chef halts his own Christmas to make food for 200 people at church holiday community meal
FITCHBURG, Wis. — Every year, on Christmas, the First United Methodist Church hosts a Christmas meal for the community.
They were prepared to serve 400 people but the volunteers served extra portions of food to anyone who needed it. They ended up running out of food around 1:40 p.m., leaving 200 people without meals.
“They ran out of food and they reached out to one of our team members, Kelly Le Grand,” said Jeff Turk who works for Friends of State Street Family.
After putting a notice for help on their Facebook page, Le Grand sent a message to local chef Dave Heide, who owns Liliana’s in Fitchburg.
“Dave came in and made a very special Christmas meal for them. [They] will remember that for the rest of their lives,” Turk said.
Heidi put his own Christmas to a halt to come save the day.
“I was opening up presents with my family on Christmas,” Heidi said.
When Heide got the call for help from Le Grand, he was stumped, at first, on how he could help.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I would love to, but Liliana’s is closed on Christmas, and everyone I know who owns a restaurant is also closed on Christmas so I don’t know what I can do to help.’ I looked at Lily and she looked at me and we were like, ‘Oh, we could probably help,'” Heide said.
Heide and his daughter, Liliana, ended up going into Liliana’s to prepare food for 200 people in less than 45 minutes.
“We made turkey roulade and mashed potatoes, and we did this artichoke green bean casserole, some fruit salad and some fresh baked bread,” Heide said.
Thanks to Heide, 200 people got to have a Christmas meal they might not have had otherwise.
“I know that it made their Christmas special,” Turk said.
— Jamie Perez (@JamiePerezTV) December 26, 2018
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