a meal to remember

My grandma passed away last July with her final weeks spent in hospice. During that time, my family would gather in her room nearly every  night to have dinner  together. Either one of us would make something special we knew she liked  or we’d pick something up. It didn’t matter. All that mattered was that we were with her. And like so many times before, it was food and my grandma bringing us all together.

She’s gone now, but we still have those memories and all the countless  memories that seemed to be created around a dinner table. And right now, families all over are going through that very same thing and looking to create just a few more memories of their own. Which is the reason why I absolutely love this ongoing series about to launch, A Meal to Remember, from the Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Beginning next year, Hospice of the Western Reserve, together with local chefs and restaurants, will host monthly dinners for families and patients.  Each month in 2012, a different local restaurant will host dinner  at the  David Simpson Hospice House.

To kick-off this ongoing event, all the participating chefs and restaurants are coming together on November 15th. Amid an elegant setting of fine china and white linen tablecloths set up in the rotunda, area chefs will donate their time and talents to serve patients and their loved ones a buffet-style “sampling dinner” featuring signature hors d’oeuvres from each of their establishments. For many of the families, this will be their first meal together in months. Patients who are too ill to attend will have the meals delivered to their rooms. Two hundred and fifty patients and loved ones are expected to participate.

Participating restaurants include: Crop, Fahrenheit, Washington Place, Hodge Podge, Beach Club Bistro, Fire, Greenhouse Tavern, Lola, Pura Vida, John Palmer’s Bistro 44, Grovewood Tavern and Bistro 185.

What a wonderful experience this will be for those families.And it’s really something to once again see Cleveland chefs come together to help the bigger picture and so freely donate their time and services to help others.