Phs Students Serve Homemade Thanksgiving Dinner


Residents of Pine View Manor were served Thanksgiving meal by students from Payson High School's Longhorn Culinary Arts Restaurant on Nov. 15.

"The food is fantastic and it sure beat me doing it," April Alviar said. "The pavo (Spanish for turkey) they cooked is great."


Payson High School Culinary Arts students Monte Watkins, Josh Stubbs, Trisha Nicholas and Norma Palestino serve up a Thanksgiving meal to the residents of Pine View Manor. Not pictured are Lisa Posey and Chris Butler who were getting pies ready to be served.

Although the residents have come together to enjoy this annual repast for years, it is the second year the Culinary Restaurant has been invited to cater the event.

"Cooking all this food is exciting," said Monte Watkins, who was one of the caterers last year. "The food helps the people who need it and we get to meet them and see their faces while they enjoy it versus dropping the food off and leaving."

"We really enjoy the feedback," Norma Palestino added.

"It is an excellent meal, but, of course, the turkey is my favorite," Ray Johnson said.

The morning the turkeys were in the oven, the class of 17 spent an hour-and-a-half preparing the gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, stuffing and fruit salad.

Residents raved over the pumpkin and apple pie.

"This meal tastes like real good homemade food," Paula Strauser said.

Longhorn Culinary is only open for catering until the remodel of the old administration building is complete.

With a couple weeks notice, the students will prepare an Italian, Mexican, American or Chinese menu.

"And lots of desserts," Josh Stubbs said.

Call culinary arts teacher Devon Wells for more information at (928) 472-5750.

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