Arlene Anderson, of Arlene Cuisine, and Kerry Naylor, of French Prairie Perennials — both businesses based in Aurora — are teaming up Thursday to offer a free dinner to Colton residents who have recently returned to their homes.
Naylor calls it “their version of a Colton High School tailgate dinner.” They’ll be serving a chili or macaroni and cheese dinner and beverages, with the capacity to serve at least 50, in the high school parking lot, 30205 South Wall St.
As an added bonus, residents who have been displaced — some for over a week now — may have the chance to reconnect with their neighbors.
“We know that some of you had to throw out everything in your refrigerator or you are working hard to clean up from the fires,” Naylor said in a Colton community Facebook group. “Arlene has also prepared some meals to take home that are pre-packaged in servings of 4-6 to assist your recovery process. This is also provided at no cost.”
Naylor estimated that they would also have about 50 servings of the prepared meals, as well. Prior to this, Naylor and Anderson had been serving up meals for volunteer firefighters in the area.
The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. Look for the Arlene Cuisine food trailer. The ladies said they will attempt to do something similar on later days if they can.
“We wish we could feed everyone!” said Naylor, who actually lives in Hubbard. “Just a little love from your Aurora and Hubbard neighbors that care.”
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