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Thanksgiving Feast for the Needy Lives on at Warren Tech

Thanksgiving Feast for the Needy Lives on at Warren Tech
Posted on 11/27/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Thanksgiving Feast for the Needy Lives on at Warren TechBy TOM MCGHEE | tmcghee@denverpost.com | The Denver Post

The doors at Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe closed in 2015, but the huge Thanksgiving feast that the LoHi restaurant put on for Denver’s hungry lives on at a Lakewood vocational high school, where the tradition has been updated with organic ingredients and logistical help from UPS.

Volunteers and students led by Joshua Olsen, who teaches an urban agricultural program at Warren Occupation Technical Center, have been working for days in the school kitchen to ready pans of green-bean casserole, root-vegetable studded stuffing, turkey and gravy.

Olsen was a chef and partner at The Squeaky Bean when the farm-to-table restaurant, which got its start next door to Rosa Linda’s, began hosting the holiday feast after the Mexican cafe shuttered. When The Squeaky Bean closed in June, Olsen decided to continue feeding the hungry on Thanksgiving.

It is no small feat following in the footsteps of the Aguirre family, which served an estimated 30,000 Thanksgiving meals to poor people over 30 years.

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