TAMPA The Hilton Tampa Downtown will take over the meal service at Trinity Cafe on Wed., Sept.23. Their chef and employees will be planning, cooking and serving a three-course lunch for approximately 300 hungry and homeless guests. Guests will dine on garbanzo bean and andouille sausage soup, green tomato and chipotle brown chicken stew, roasted asiago garlic green beans, Sazon rice and Belgium chocolate and coconut bread pudding with homemade caramel whipped topping.
A local Girl Scout & Trinity Cafe volunteer, Gracie Goltermann, secured the Hilton's commitment and is recruiting local restaurants to Feed the Need Tampa Bay by providing a meal for Trinity Cafes guests. Gracie is earning her Girl Scouts Gold award with the project, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.
The dignity that is provided from a restaurant quality meal being served by volunteers is something that Trinity Cafe excels at doing, and I love volunteering here. Ive had so many guests tell me how much this meal means to them. Recruiting restaurants to be a partner in this effort is taking it to another level. Trinity Cafe's philosophy that humanity begins with a meal makes so many people feel loved no matter what their circumstance, said Goltermann.
Hilton General Manager Nabil Salloum said, "Here at Hilton Tampa Downtown we are thrilled to do our part and give back to the community. Partnering with Feed the Need Tampa Bay was an easy decision to make. Our 30 associate volunteers are looking forward to cooking and serving a delicious healthy meal. I am sure other businesses will follow suit once the word gets out."
Sept. 9th marked the kickoff of Feed the Need Tampa Bay, with Columbia Restaurant being the first restaurant to serve a meal. Since then six more restaurant have contacted Gracie expressing interest in joining the program. Her goal is to recruit one restaurant a week to serve at Trinity Cafe.
About Feed the Need Tampa Bay
Feed the Need Tampa Bay is a project Gracie Goltermann is implementing to recruit restaurants in the Tampa Bay area to feed the hungry one day a year at Trinity Cafe. Gracie, 17 years old, has been a Girl Scout for 12 years, since kindergarten. She has always been involved in various community service projects over the years with her Girl Scout Troop, youth group, and Tampa Prep High School. This project will help her earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve. http://feedtheneedtampabay.com/
About Trinity Cafe
Trinity Cafe, a 501 (c) (3) non-denominational charity, has been a lifeline for the hungry and homeless in Tampa Bay since 2001, having served more than one million restaurant quality meals. Executive Chef Alfred Astl plans and serves more than 285 meals each day, 52 weeks a year. Trinity Cafes mission is to restore a sense of dignity to the hungry and homeless while serving a nutritious meal. We faithfully treat all of God's children with acceptance, compassion, love and respect.