Gathering around the table for Thanksgiving dinner this year has already become much more common than last. So much so that a popular Winnipeg watering hole has been tasked with preparing turkey dinners for hundreds of customers.
The Beer Can, located next to the Granite Curling Club, has assembled a team of 75 volunteers and they are responsible for cooking up to 400 meals.
“The idea is that anyone in the community can come in, eat something and pay what they think was worth it,” explained the place’s co-owner, Brad Chute.
Dinner is served throughout the night on Saturday.
“People who may have had a bad year due to COVID may pay less or nothing, and people who may have had a good year or are doing well may pay a little more,” Chute said.
Proceeds collected overnight will go to the West Central Women’s Resource Center, an organization that partnered with Beer Can on various initiatives over the summer.
“I think magic happens when social service agencies and private businesses can come together to support our community,” said the center’s executive director, Lorie English.
Many others share that sentiment as the kitchen remains buzzing with the beer can for Thanksgiving.
“Now I am a teacher, but many years ago I worked in kitchens as a cook. It’s a lot of fun, it makes me very nostalgic, ”said kitchen volunteer James Young.
Chute says his team is prepared to serve up to 400 meals thanks to donations from several Winnipeg restaurants and small businesses.
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