By Carolyn Cho
It is often hard to pick out the best part of Thanksgiving. Some would pick the food; however, it is not just the great joy of eating mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, but the gratifying process of creating and sharing food with many that brings festivity and happiness to this holiday.
The school’s cooking teacher, Chef Arturo Luna, will start his three day Thanksgiving food program on Nov. 24 to 26 for all of his cooking classes.
There, his students will create a variety of basic Thanksgiving foods including mashed potatoes, seasoned vegetables, pumpkin pie, turkey, gravy, sweet yams, and many more holiday foods.
This year will mark Luna’s second year hosting the program, but he has been making and sharing Thanksgiving food for 12 years at shelters.
Luna explains how this is one of the most anticipated events of the whole school year and that it brings him great joy to see his students work together to create a meal they will eat together.
“Students interact with one another when they wouldn’t have otherwise. Cooking creates pleasant memories,” Luna said.
The students also showed enthusiasm for this event as many of them will be able to go home and help their family cook.
Additionally, Chef Luna shares the secret of his turkey.
As a helpful tip, he always soaks his turkey in brine for 12 hours minimum for osmosis to take place, creating a juicy turkey!
Many can look forward to this Thanksgiving, as Chef Luna assures how great this year’s cooking will turn out.
Students can expect to smell delicious food walking past the cooking class all month in appreciation of a long cherished holiday.