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Lizzy’s continues holiday tradition: Bullhead City restaurant serves more than 900 Thanksgiving meal

By RODD CAYTON The Daily News Nov 23, 2017


Above, Volunteer Angelica Perez stirs a pot of carrots during Thursday’s community Thanksgiving Dinner at Lizzy’s Kitchen in Bullhead City. Lizzy’s owner Rosa Hernandez said the event would not be possible without Amazing Grace Fellowship, which runs the Caring Hearts Food Ministry. The restaurant has been serving the free Thanksgiving dinner for nine years. At left, 3-year-old Olivia Olbrich gets a mouthful of food, courtesy of her father, Brett.

BULLHEAD CITY — Thanksgiving Day is a time for food, fellowship and football.

Two of the three could be found Thursday at Lizzy’s Kitchen.


The restaurant once again partnered with the Caring Hearts Food Ministry to provide a free community meal.


“It’s a day to serve people,” Lizzy’s Kitchen manager Coco Lizarraga said, “to give a little back to the community.”

Preparations for the meal, which served more than 900 people, began about a week ago, Lizarraga said. Thursday, Lizzy’s employees donated their time, she said. 



Dinner consisted of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoe and gravy, carrots and cranberry sauce, with a beverage and cake or pumpkin pie for dessert.


A Wisconsin couple, Don and Shirley, found out about the dinner online.

“We have no family here, so we thought we’d stop in,” Don said. “It’s kind of hard to cook a big turkey dinner for two people.”

The couple said the food was all delicious, and they plan to return to Lizzy’s Kitchen during regular hours.


“I think it’s a wonderful idea that they do this for people with no family or who can’t afford a meal,” Don said.


Fred Bruno served as greeter during an early afternoon shift. He said that Caring Hearts Food Ministry volunteers, many from Amazing Grace Fellowship, worked as an act of kinship.


“There is no greater love than the love of a volunteer,” Bruno said. “We’re here to share our blessings. So much has been given that we want to give back.”

Bruno said it was heartwarming to see diners enjoying not only the food, but also one another’s company.


“So many people are alone today,” he said. “One guy told me this made his day, because he was able to come and sit in a crowd of people — he didn’t have to be alone.”


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