Cooking With The Wounded: The Full Post
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I promised more, and here it is. Let's start with a quiz. How do you get to a room full of happy and full Soldiers, Marines, and others?
You then further abuse your friend by having them meet yet another person so their car can be loaded down as well after a massive shopping trip.
You call in a team of Angels, with a special request to a foodie among them to help you out. You give them the timeline, the process, and you turn them loose to do it. You take advantage of an Army cook who is on his last day in the wounded transient barracks before heading back to the States to help/run the grill.
Team Potato begins to morph into Team Service, joining up with USO volunteers to get things ready to serve.
Some special guests are served as wellSoldiers' Angels Germany he was not in good shape, being in a wheel chair with a feeding tube. No tube needed this day...
There is nothing that can't be done with a Team of Angels, a team of USO volunteers, and a real Army cook at your back. Injury, illness, recalcitrant ovens, and lack of cooking space will not even slow them down.
There is nothing that can't be done with readers here and elsewhere, for you all made this possible.
Thank you. For at the end of the day, there were only a few of the roughly 150 or so potatoes baked and a bit of salad left. The steaks, mushrooms, mac and cheese, and fresh berries were gone. In their place were some happy and full warriors, along with some of the people who labor to make them well and whole (and safe while there) again.
With your help, we will do it again. I've already been contacted by some chefs who want to do something not only at Landstuhl, but here in the States as well. We also have an idea, and to that end:
Tony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio, Rick Bayless, Elizabeth Falkner, Art Smith, Hubert Keller, Tim Love, Suzanne Tracht, Mark Peel -- We're calling you out. Do you have what it takes to cook for the wounded, either at Landstuhl or here in the States? What's keeping you from doing both? Challenge is issued. Do you have the skill and courage to accept?
Let these people know that they are hereby called out, and encourage them to step up on this. What started as Cooking with Laughing Wolf is now Cooking with the Wounded, and not only do we want to cook, we want to turn it into something more. A chance to try new foods, to learn about the food business and what it takes to succeed in it, and, what career possibilities are in it as well.
Let's take this to the next level. With your support, we can and will do so.
who wants to thank Jens Wickenhagen for his photos and the ones he took with my camera