La Casa Garcia: An OC Thanksgiving For Those In Need - FOX 35 News Orlando

La Casa Garcia: An OC Thanksgiving For Those In Need

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For the last 27 years, La Casa Garcia Restaurant and We Give Thanks, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization founded by restaurateur and philanthropist Frank Garcia, have served free Thanksgiving Dinners to those in need in the greater Orange County region.

The event has been held at Honda Center for the past seven years. Last year, over 600 turkeys, 3,000 pies and 5,000 pounds of potatoes were served, in addition to other delicious Thanksgiving items. Each year, over 1,500 volunteers prepare and serve the Thanksgiving meals, with final preparation and cooking of the meals beginning at 6:00 a.m.

Thanksgiving morning at Honda Center. Meals will be served starting at 11:00 a.m. following the official turkey carving at 10:45 a.m., and will continue until 3:00 p.m. Two meal preparation days will take place at the Anaheim Marriott, Hilton Anaheim and Anaheim Convention Center on November 26 and 27.


From Bob DeCastro:

More than 15,000 Thanksgiving meals are being served at the Honda Center in Anaheim.  Restauranteur Frank Garcia began serving meals to the needy 27 years ago, and now the event has become one the largest single-day feast in Southern California.  La Casa Garcia Restaurant and the We Give Thanks Foundation get help from 1,500 volunteers. Everything is made from scratch. Ingredients include:

  • 600 Turkeys
  • 3,000 pies
  • 5,000 potatoes
  • 1,000 lbs onions
  • 5 cases of bell pepper
  • 80 gallons of gravy

The event starts at 11 am and goes until 3pm.

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