By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Assistant to the Editor
LaRabida Children’s Hospital is hosting a free Thanksgiving meal for patients, their families and the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28.
The event is a 53-year-old joint initiative between the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the lakefront hospital for children with chronic illnesses, located at 6501 S. Promontory Dr. A chef, whose son was staying in the hospital during Thanksgiving, inaugurated the meal, according to LaRabida.
“It’s just a wonderful thing that the chefs do, because a lot of our kids stay in the hospital for months,” LaRabida spokesperson Zion Banks said. “They don’t get a chance to spend the holidays with their families or their friends and so to have someone come in and prepare a meal for them is really special for them.”
The event will take place in the hospital’s library and food will be prepared by both LaRabida foodservice staff and ACF chefs.
Richard Naglich, chairman of the board of the ACF, first attended the meal in the late 1970s.
“The smiles on the kids’ faces, it’s priceless,” said Naglich, who will travel with his daughter from Hampshire, Ill. to LaRabida to prepare and serve the food at this year’s meal.
Reservation cards for the meal can be picked up at the hospital. R.S.V.P. is recommended, but not required, according to Banks, who estimated there will be seats for around 50 people at each meal.
For more information, call LaRabida at 773-363-6700.