Thanksgiving Meal Prepared By WCC Students
Thanksgiving came early for WCC culinary arts students this year. On Thursday, Nov. 17, they prepared and served a full Thanksgiving feast to over 200 families at the Perry School gymnasium in Ypsilanti as part of an annual Thanksgiving community dinner.
This longstanding culinary collaboration started with the late WCC instructor Don Garrett, for whom the College’s culinary dining room is named. While the students and their instructors provided the culinary know-how, food donations came from the community.
“We brought over about 100 pounds of food from our Thanksgiving dinner in Garrett’s that week, and we cooked about 300 pounds of protein donated by Food Gatherers specifically for the Perry School meal,” said Chef Terri Herrera, whose Quality Food Production students assisted in preparing and serving the dinner. Chef Bradford Williams’ students also helped prepare the turkey, ham, chicken, and cranberry relish that made the meal so special.
The WCC Harriet Street Center and Tyrone Bridges, director of the Ypsilanti-based Behavior Workshop, hosted the dinner. The annual event has been feeding the needy, low-income families, and senior citizens from Ypsilanti at Thanksgiving for 17 years.