2017-11-23 / Local News

Food was medicine for elegant dinner served at Effie’s Place


MARTHA RYAN of Martha’s Leelanau Table (right) served up a Thanksgiving dinner at Effie’s Place in Leland, Nov. 12. Also pictured is a resident’s family member, who also got a dinner invitation. MARTHA RYAN of Martha’s Leelanau Table (right) served up a Thanksgiving dinner at Effie’s Place in Leland, Nov. 12. Also pictured is a resident’s family member, who also got a dinner invitation. Residents at Effie’s Place in Leland last week enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal and some live music brought to their door.

The evening began with a discussion by Deb Brown, resident care specialist and Martha Ryan of Martha’s Leelanau Table in Suttons Bay.

“I mentioned to Martha (Ryan) that it would be nice for our residents to have a special meal for Thanksgiving,” said Brown, who also works part-time at Martha’s. “She knows a lot of our residents from Sunday suppers (in the restaurant) and from Lamplighters.”

Ryan was happy to oblige and prepared a menu of seasonal favorites that included: roasted herb butter basted turkey; apple and pecan stuffing; mashed potatoes; sweet potato bake; brussels sprouts with bacon; sauerkraut salad; parker house rolls and pumpkin cranberry bread pudding for dessert.

The living room at Effie’s was prepared for elegant dining with white tablecloths. About eight residents and their family members comprised a group of 25 diners who also enjoyed music by The Windy Ridge Boys, who volunteered to play.

“The whole thing was strictly organic,” Brown said. “No money was exchanged.”

The dinner proved good for everyone involved.

“Food is medicine. Music is medicine,”

Brown explained. “When the band played a resident told me ‘That’s a waltz I used to dance with my husband.’

“It was great.”

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Bless all who gave!

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