Cook wanted for community dinner

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by Alexia Johnston

Timaru’s Community Christmas Dinner is in need of a chief cook.

The popular event, scheduled to to be held in the Caroline Bay Hall on Christmas Day, has attracted the return of many previous volunteers, but needs someone to lead the kitchen.

Main organiser Melissa Brennan is calling for interested people to put up their hand for the job.

“Last year’s amazing cook, Catherine [Wilson], is unfortunately unavailable this year as she has a new job, so we are on the lookout for a cook who is able to take charge of the kitchen on the 24th and also the 25th, if possible,” she said.

The event, which will cater for about 280 people, has already started to attract a team of “lovely volunteers” willing to scrub potatoes and help with the meal preparation.

As well as a cook, the group also needs someone to take charge of front of house.

“I am currently still trying to work my way through the list of last year’s volunteers. If anyone is wanting to volunteer again, please get in touch if you haven’t yet heard from me,” Ms Brennan said.

“We are also hoping a local cafe or business with spare chiller space could help us by storing hams and roasts that are kindly donated between now and Christmas.”

Ms Brennan said, thanks to Timaru Toyota and a volunteer driver, transport would be available on the day, as it had been in previous years.

“The past few years have shown how generous local businesses and the community are with donating towards the dinner and we hope it will be the same this year.”

Items still required for the event include ham on the bone, other roast meats, orange juice, chocolates, canned fruit and pavlovas, among others.

Ms Brennan said about 40 people wanting to attend the dinner had already booked in.

Anyone who wants to make a booking, or to donate food or money can call Melissa on (03)684-4410 or 0204007-3351 and leave a message, or email: timaru.ccd.bookings@ gmail.com.