Big News from the Big Kitchen!

2 May

Hey Every Sister and Brother of Mine,

We here in the Big Kitchen have so much exciting news.  I am going to start with the most exciting of all;

1. We have finally made partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank!!  I haven’t figured menus yet but our dollar is most definitely going to be stretched a lot further.  No, that’s not all. We are authorized to do functions such as pancake breakfasts for the community, or snacks for the basketball group or anything we can dream of.

2.  This however, doesn”t mean that it’s free;  we still have to raise money for down the road.  That’s why The Big Kitchen is throwing a big Luau on June 16.

3.  Let me tell you about some of the attractions;  First, Chief Mau Mau, a great Hawaiian Chief will pay us a visit, (you won’t want to miss this).  We will have a pig roast, a 40/40/20 raffle (more description on that will follow), more food, music, learn to dance Hawaiian style and a chance to see all of your sister and brothers from our sister churches because all churches are invited.

4.  Tickets are $17.00 for a couple, $10.00 for singles and $5.00 for visitors.  Please email mariettadealhunter@yahoo.com if you are interested in attending or just plain ol donating! You don’t have to pay for tickets right away to reserve a seat, but you do have to reserve one to attend.

The Big Kitchen has been operating for 3 1/2 years now, have fed thousands of meals and we are going strong only thanks to everybody participating in any small or large way.  We have visions of doing so much for our community right here in our own neighborhood, but we will need the continued support, so please sign up for the fund raiser or just make a donation.  I thank all of you for your undying support.

This is the year of the Lord’s favor.

Your Sissy

Jackie Williams

New Serving Hours for Sunday

27 Apr

Jackie wanted everyone to know that Sunday lunch is going to be at 2:30 going forward.

You can still come at 2pm, but the food won’t be served until 2:30pm Sundays.

Hope to see you there!

Serving without Discrimination!

 

Big Kitchen Soup Kitchen Serving Hours

Thursday Dinner serves at 5:30pm

Sunday Lunch serves at 2:30pm

 

What’s Cooking at the Big Kitchen in March and April? And New Hours/Days starting April 5th.

13 Mar

Big Changes coming to the Big Kitchen, the best soup kitchen in Marietta! In order to be in compliance with the Atlanta Food Bank we have made some changes.  If you are interested in donating to the Soup Kitchen please email mariettadealhunter @ yahoo .com (remove spaces).  Or just email if ya got any questions, put Big Kitchen in the subject line if ya don’t mind.

First is that starting April 5th, the serving hours are changing and expanding.

  • THURSDAY DINNER at 5:30pm (Wednesdays ending)
  • SUNDAY LUNCH at 2:30pm

Here is the Menu for the next couple of weeks. Note menu may change according to availability.

March 14th (Wednesday)

Pork Fried Rice

(total meal casserole)

Toasted garlic bread

Iced Tea

Hot coffee

Asst pastry

March 21 (Wednesday)

Chicken and rice stew

Green beans

Fresh baked hot rolls

Asst pastry

Iced tea

Hot Coffee

March 28 (Wednesday)

Corned beef hash

Cottage fried potatoes

Seasoned Corn

Fresh bread

Asst pastry

Iced tea

Hot Coffee

April 5th (Thursday)

Tacos (hard and soft shell)

Refried Beans

Spanish Rice

Asst pastry

Iced tea

Hot coffee

April 8th (Sunday)

Ham, Macaoni & Cheese Casserole

Green Beans

Toasted Garlic Bread

Asst Pastry

Iced tea

Hot coffee

April 12 (Thursday)  I will be out of town from the 9th-16th so simple meals until I get back.

Chili Dogs

Chips

Asst pastry

Iced tea

Hot Coffee

April 15th

Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Chips

Chilled Fruit

Pickle slices

Girl Scout Cookies

Iced Tea

Hot |Coffee

Some Pictures of the Delicious Food the Big Kitchen Serves

28 Jan

Thanks to its many volunteers and contributors.

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Big Kitchen Soup Kitchen of Marietta Celebrates Third Anniversary

9 Jan
Pam Lightburn, Melanie, Jackie Williams and Robin

Pam Lightburn, Melanie, Jackie Williams and Robin

Big Kitchen Celebrates Third Anniversary September 4th, 2011

AUTHOR NOTE, BIG KITCHEN SERVING HOURS HAVE CHANGED SEE SIDEBAR FOR CURRENT SCHEDULE.

It’s two o’clock on a hot Sunday afternoon and the 40 person deep line at the ‘Big Kitchen’ soup kitchen is growing.  Near the front waiting for some homemade fried chicken and gravy are Frank, Annette, Joan and Nick. Frank was one of Big Kitchen’s first customers yet Annette has only been coming for about 6 months, “I live in the neighborhood, but I never thought I would be here, but one day I started having to. We are so blessed to have this food. This has been nothing but God given and I am glad for it.” Joan who also has been coming for six months agreed, “The food is excellent”. Every Sunday between 30 and 90 needy or homeless people are served. “I try to bring the mommas with children back here to pantry and stock ‘em up with some groceries when we can” says Jackie Williams, Big Kitchen director.

When asked about the beginning days, Jackie describes the kitchen when Marietta Christian church (MCC) first purchased their complex one mile south from North River (NR), “You should have seen it, it was piled high to the ceiling with stuff and the back door was completely blocked. So we started clearing it out.” Once a somewhat functioning kitchen emerged, Jackie approached the MCC leaders, “I’m a cook and you got a kitchen. I told ‘em you won’t have to do anything.” She was well suited for the job as a former Food Specialist in the Army for twenty years. Jackie’s friend and right hand Pam Lightburn was on board from the beginning, “I told her if you do the cooking, I’ll do the grunt work…and its funny, when we go to Jackie’s house it’s the same, she’s doing the cooking and we are cleaning up behind her.” Pam laughs, “It’s been great and we have learned a lot along the way.”

So on September 4, 2008 they opened their doors and served their first meal to four homeless people and one homeless cat. The Pilcher family later adopted the kitty.  Jackie recalls those first few months, “I would drive around and flyer the poles in the neighborhood and stop homeless people walking around and ask them to come on down for a free meal. Later when North River got involved more people came on board to help”.  Today NR donates every month as part of its benevolence contribution in addition to regular volunteering.

Michael Kodinsky, commented on their first experience at the Big Kitchen. “We are living out a dream serving as a family here today. It’s really busy, kind of like being on some Food Network reality show. I am impressed how everything is cooked from scratch, no shortcuts. Food is made the real way”. Meanwhile, Michael’s boys helped blend up the potatoes and butter with a hand beater.  Also volunteering that afternoon was Roy and Esther Soberanis of MCC, who have been coming for three years with their children, “It teaches the kids how to serve and to be grateful for what they have”.  Big Kitchen uses between 10 and 30 volunteers every Sunday.

This Sunday Sept 4th , 2011 is the Big Kitchen’s third anniversary and Jackie is grateful and humble for all of the support thus far. With North River’s help and others they have nearly finished the process of becoming part of the Atlanta Food Bank. When asked about her vision for the future she smiles, “I would love do even more than feed the homeless I want us to serve the community, maybe start a Boys and Girls club to just provide guidance and support to the area families”. Then tearing up Jackie finishes with, “Its hard work here, but you can’t ignore God’s call”.

At 2:45 the gravy is finally ready, Jackie asks Michael to pray. Everyone lets out a loud amen and someone turns on a boombox, “Baby Love” by the Supremes starts the meal.

The Big Kitchen Soup Kitchen is located at 285 Victory Drive, Marietta, GA 30060  and is currently serving every Wednesday around 5:30pm

Come on by if you need a delicious meal!