A Thanksgiving tradition: Lizzy’s Kitchen serves community dinner
By RODD CAYTON The Daily News Nov 28, 2014
BULLHEAD CITY — For many, Thanksgiving Day is a time to visit family near or far or just stay home and watch football.
Rosa Hernandez would rather cook for 1,000 people.
Hernandez, owner of Lizzy’s Kitchen, once again opened her establishment Thursday to host the Caring Hearts Food Ministry’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner.
She said it’s a pleasure to be able to help others in the community.
She and her staff gave their time to prepare and serve the dinner, with help from other volunteers.
The staff began preparing for the meal Tuesday, and showed up at 5 a.m. Thursday. Hernandez said 35 to 40 turkeys were prepared for the dinner, which also included stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, corn chowder, salad, a roll, a beverage and each diner’s choice of pie or cake.
Caring Hearts founder Marci Burke wasn’t on hand, but her daughter Julie was there to head things.
She said 800 to 900 people have been fed in each of the last couple of years, and that 250 had been served in the first hour Thursday.
Burke said that volunteers were also taking meals out to area parks to reach the homeless and were delivering dinners to shut-ins.
“There’s usually not much left over,” she said.
Sponsors for the event included the BHHS Legacy Foundation and River Fund, Inc. Valley View Christian Church donated use of a van for meal delivery.
The dinner was Marci Burke’s idea.
“My mom is passionate about what she does,” Julie Burke said. “The thought of somebody hungry on a holiday just kills her.”
Caring Hearts and the church have already signed up the 300 families for a Christmastime shopping event.