Gallery: Behind the scenes at Operation Big Turkey

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Volunteers, students and chefs were busy preparing a festive meal in support of Operation Big Turkey at the Algonquin College School of Hospitality Kitchen Saturday December 23, 2017. The thirteenth year of Operation Big Turkey has over 200 volunteers coming together to make 2500 turkey dinners to anyone who would like to have a meal. Chef Steve Price, a professor with the Algonquin culinary management program, has been taking part with this for over ten years. Price was busy mixing up the stuffing. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia

Ashley Fraser / Postmedia

Anyone who’s ever agonized over prepping one Christmas turkey for a few friends and family can only begin to imagine the madness in the Algonquin College School of Hospitality kitchens Saturday.

Dozens of staff and volunteers zoomed around the room in organized chaos putting the final touches for the annual Operation Big Turkey feast presented at seven local community centres.

In its 13th year, Operation Big Turkey will prepare some 2,500 dinners with all the trimmings. There’s also a vegetarian lasagna option, with no meat or dairy.

“Christmas can be a really hard time of year for people who have no one to share it with or who can’t make ends meet,” Chris Knight, a founding member of Big Turkey, said in a release. “Everyone is welcome to join and all you have to do is show up at any of the 7 locations. Our volunteers will seat you and then serve you a really good meal. Enjoy each other’s company and we’ll do the rest.”  

Here’s where the free Christmas Eve Day sittings will take place:

Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill St. from 2-4 p.m.

Carlington Recreation Centre, 1520 Caldwell Ave., 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Ron Kolbus Centre, 102 Greenview Ave., 3:30-6 p.m.

Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre, 1560 Heatherington Rd., 3-5 p.m.

Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Foster Farm Community Centre, 1065 Ramsey Cres., 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre, 3320 Paul Anka Dr., 2:30-4:30 p.m. 



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