ROANOKE, VA -
Some local chefs will be back in their restaurant kitchen today after taking their food on the road to the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
Taaza Indian Cuisine served a traditional Indian meal Sunday. It's a donation the mission says goes a long way in helping its guests. CEO Joy Sylvester-Johnson says restaurants don't often realize they can make a difference this way but it is meaningful for the men and women being treated to a unique meal and for the team serving them. "It brings it home very clearly that the only difference between one side of line from the other side of the line is the person receiving the food has hit a hard patch and they won't be here forever," she said. "Pretty soon they'll be back, maybe serving on the other side of the line, so I think it's a very good reminder that we're all in this together."
Johnson says restaurants will often donate food but preparing and serving it also builds the team and community. The Rescue Mission served 475 in all Sunday. 213 were served Taaza's dinner Sunday evening. One guest told the mission, it was "Amazing! So fresh! Even the kids love it!"
The Taaza team created Chicken Tikka Marsala and basmati rice for the meal. "They get a very direct line to what I'm doing and how it benefits the person right in front of me, you look into their eyes and you hand them the plate of food and there's connection there that you just don't get any other way," Sylvester-Johnson said.