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Giving back: The Thanksgiving Buffet

11/23/2011

Thanksgiving Buffet 2003This Thursday will mark the 22nd occurrence of the annual Thanksgiving Buffet. When Superior resturanteur Dan Cohen first came up with the idea to offer free meals to the homeless, the hungry, the elderly and the alone on Thanksgiving Day in 1990 he wasn't thinking two decades down the road. Neither was Jack Teske, who worked for Cohen in 1990 and has since become St. Scholastica's Food Services Operations Manager.

Teske was one of the first volunteers for the Thanksgiving Buffet and deserves much of the credit for the event's success over the years. In 1995, the event moved to the DECC and by 1999, CSS was the lead sponsor of the event. In 2000, the buffet was hosted on campus because the DECC kitchens were closed for remodeling. 

Under Teske's guidance, the buffet has grown to serve 2,200 lbs. of turkey, 1,425 lbs. of mashed potatoes, 150 gallons of gravy, 1,070 lbs. of dressing, 7,125 dinner rolls, 715 lbs. of cranberries and 535 lbs. each of carrots, corn, coleslaw and sweet potatoes. That's a lot of food.

More important, of course, is the 5,000 people in Duluth, Superior, Cloquet and Two Harbors who will receive a free meal on Thanksgiving and the spirit of hospitality and community that the gathering embodies and spreads. 

Of course, the homeless and hungry need help the rest of the year as well. In February, the much of the generosity of the holiday season has subsided and there are people who are truly in need. That's why Teske, along with Jay Newcomb and the dignitas program, started Thanksgiving in the Spring. This event is dedicated to spreading the same hospitality and community as the November event.



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