For any family or group of friends, Thanksgiving is a big to-do. Now, imagine preparing Thanksgiving dinner for almost 750 people. Each year, the Bishop Gadsden Culinary Team comes together to build a spectacular Thanksgiving brunch for our residents, along with their families and friends.
Who are we serving?
Planning for the big meal starts approximately one to two months before Thanksgiving to prepare to accommodate such a large crowd. For this year’s Thanksgiving festivities, the number of reservations sits at about 450 residents who will be dining in Winningham Court and the Market Place Café, 100 Myers Hall Assisted Living residents and families who will dine in the Frederick Dining Room, 50 Read Cloister Skilled Care residents who will dine in the Schlemmer Bistro. In addition to residents and their guests, Bishop Gadsden provides a holiday meal for the approximately 150 BG team members who will be working on Thanksgiving.
What are we serving?
Our culinary team begins prepping and cooking for Thanksgiving the Sunday and Monday before Thanksgiving Day to give them a head start while also balancing the daily meals served in the Café. According to Executive Chef Ryan Bentley, this year, Bishop Gadsden ordered 26 large turkey breasts, four whole turkeys, and 120 pounds of turkey thighs just for Winningham Court. On top of all of the turkey, our culinary team will also be working with 85 pounds of cornbread stuffing, 20 gallons of gravy, and 20 pounds of cranberries to make a delicious cranberry sauce.
All hands on deck
The most important part of Thanksgiving Brunch here at Bishop Gadsden is the support of the culinary team as a whole. For the special meal, there are typically 50 culinary team members in the main kitchen and serving residents, as well as 20 culinary team members in Myers Hall, and 15 culinary team members in Health Care. The success of Thanksgiving at BG would not be possible without the incredible dedication of our culinary team in all areas. Events such as this take meticulous planning and preparation, as well as the flexibility and positive attitudes of the team.
From the Bishop Gadsden Community as a whole, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and blessed holiday season!