Prepping Sunday dinner at Ronald McDonald House

A look at the dinner buffet. A separate dessert bar also was offered.
Eyes on the prize(s).

add1A team of Rotarians and Rotaractors prepared Sunday dinner for 45 or so guests at the Ronald McDonald House facility in Albany.

The team consisted of SRC’s Bill Dowd, April Dowd, Phil Kellerman, and Julius Frankel plus Effie Frankel and two members of the Danes Rotaract that SRC sponsors at the UAlbany School of Public Health, Ashley Beaulieu and Annette Highley.

Ronald McDonald House provides temporary free lodging in a homelike setting for family members of pediatric patients being cared for at the nearby Albany Medical Center. A different SRC team prepared breakfast there a week earlier, and a variety of local business and organizations also regularly take part in meal preps there.

The Rotary team put together a menu of pulled pork barbecue and slider buns, lasagna, mixed salad, peas, corn, butternut squash, sweet potato fries, waffle-cut potato fries, meat-and-cheese platters, sliced tomato and basil platter, Puerto Rican bread, plus dessert choices of strawberry shortcake, chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, and individually-sized blueberry pies and apple pies.

Some of the RMH guests were circling the kitchen before we were finished laying out the buffet, including one really cute little boy who carried his plate around with him.

Here are a few scenes from the effort, courtesy of Bill and Phil:

The SRC crew takes a break — there’s more food to be put out! — to pose for the camera.
Bill Dowd and Effie Frankel at work.
Julius Frankel and April Dowd up to their wrists in salad makings.
Rotaract members Annette Highley (left) and Ashley Beaulieu add smiles to the prepping.
Phil Kellerman displays some busy hands.
April gives Ashley a few tips.
Effie corners the strawberry market.

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