Come Thanksgiving, Denver will be fighting hunger once more at The Squeaky Bean Farm + Table and We Don’t Waste’s annual Feed event. But this year, there’s even more to give thanks for: their impact, they say, is going to double.
A tradition that started by Denver’s Rosa Linda’s Restaurant over 30 years ago, the event was at risk of going away altogether last year after the restaurant closed its doors. That is, until it was revived by The Squeaky Bean and We Don’t Waste, who had been past volunteers for Rosa Linda’s.
The Squeaky Bean co-owners Josh Olsen and Johnny Ballen took the duties to their locale, renamed it the “Feed” and teamed up with We Don’t Waste and over 80 volunteers to provide a free hot meal to nearly 3,000 people. This year, they anticipate to serve around 6,000 people—800 people in person and 5,200 meals delivered by volunteers.
Filling the menu with dishes like pulled braised turkey, traditional green bean casserole, herbed stuffing, deep South sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie made with Olsen’s pumpkins from the Acres farm, local chefs Paul Reilly of Beast + Bottle, Max MacKissock of Bar Dough, Adam Branz of Bistro Vendome, Dana Rodriguez of Work & Class, Justin Brunson of Old Major and Josh Chesterson of Honor Society, along with their teams, will all be in the kitchen.
“This event is all about heart,” says Olsen. “It’s wonderful to see the Denver community pull together so that those that are hungry, and many without family, can have a good, hot, made-with-love meal to eat for Thanksgiving.”
Several other companies and organizations have offered to help: donating pies, 300 turkeys, compostable serving ware, disposable reheating pans, the use of a refrigerated trucks and assisting with deliveries. To help financially or volunteer yourself, fill out the form on their website. (They ask that you not call the restaurant.)
What: Thanksgiving “Feed” meal
When: November 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: The Squeaky Bean, 1500 Wynkoop St.