Volunteer cooks still turning out great meals for charity
“We are not doing as many cooking events as we once did, due to age,” Charlie confided and Mary Alice agreed. “But we will be at the Ware River Yacht Club on May 8 for the benefit of the Gloucester Bread for Life Community Food Pantry doing a barbecue,” she said. This will be their fourth time barbecue to benefit the food bank, and they have put together many others for about 15 years for the benefit of other charities.
Charlie recalls one of the early very special barbecue dinners. “It was in honor of my friend and tennis buddy, Bill Volcer. Proceeds were for the Cancer Relay for Life.”
Lucky ticket-holders can anticipate BBQ at the upcoming event in three different flavors: a vinegar-based North Carolina sauce, a tomato-based Kansas City sauce, and plain unsauced barbecue. There is also a North Carolina “shaking sauce” which “has a higher percentage of vinegar.” Then there will be Charlie’s famous baked beans. “The secret is the addition of Fordhook lima beans. No substitute.”
Cole slaw with Charlie’s special sauce and hamburger buns are included. Planning on 160 people, he uses 125 to 130 pounds of Boston butts.
“We get a lot of good help and this upcoming charity event is no different. Besides the Christian communities, members of St. Therese Catholic Church are with us.”