Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Aims to Sell 1000+ Meals

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The eagerly anticipated annual turkey dinner will return to Patterson Mill tomorrow. For the past four years, the Patterson Mill cafeteria has sold the most Thanksgiving meals of any school in Harford County.

Prep work for the meal began last Friday with the arrival of much of the food. Mrs. Barb, the cafeteria manager will arrive around 5:30 AM, with the rest of her team arriving an hour earlier than their usual schedule. During first period, four students from the professional foods class will join them and help with making mashed potatoes and setting out the harvest pie on plates.

For the past few years, the cafeteria staff has been tricking students with the harvest pie mentioned above. Most believe it is traditional pumpkin pie and put it on their tray without thinking twice, but students and faculty alike are being deceived by a sweet-potato blend, a much healthier option. Mrs. Barb adds, “if you bite into it and taste it with the nutmeg, the cinnamon, and the cloves it tastes just like pumpkin.”

Over 44 turkey roasts will be served, in addition to 20 full pans of mashed potatoes, and 18 sheet pans of pie.

The menu this year will include all the traditional favorites: turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sauerkraut, corn, and harvest pie.

Much of the success of the meal in past years is due to Mrs. Barb, the Patterson Mill cafeteria manager. She was recently named the 2016 Maryland Cafeteria Manager of the Year. The cafeteria staff also just won the people’s choice award for the Harford County Cafeteria conference with their avocado salsa. The cafeteria has also implemented the ‘Husky Blend’, a variety of spices that seasons food but also meets the nutritional standards of the state.

The goal for the cafeteria staff this year is to serve at least one-thousand meals. Last year, they came close with more than 980 trays sold.

Even as she gears up for the biggest meal of the year, Mrs. Barb can relax after all is said and done because she won’t have to fix her own Thanksgiving dinner, adding, “I just stick to the side dishes.”

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