Ingredients for a Thanksgiving Dinner
Posted by ZAP is YOU
November 21, 2018
0 Comments | Leave a comment
A whole lot of turkey
33 pints cranberry sauce
134 quarts mashed potatoes
60 quarts homestyle gravy
At least three different kinds of pie
4 rows of tables and handmade decorations
1 basketball court
than your average recreation center, Central City has been serving up resources, fitness opportunities, youth programs, and community connection since it opened 50 years ago on the corner of 600 South and 300 East in downtown Salt Lake. For
nearly half of that time, those servings have included a free turkey dinner on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
The neighborhood tradition has seen a lot of changes over the years, initially starting as part of an open rec program, where youth would put on the dinner for their families. “We no longer have the open rec program, but it’s cool to see the event continue
with Utah Valley University. It means a lot to the families that come back every year,” said Darian Abegglen, Associate Director of Recreation.
Central City has since developed a partnership with UVU Culinary Art Institute, and the dinner has since become a holiday treat for the neighborhood. The culinary students both prepare and serve the meal, getting a chance to share their new skills with
the community and witness the resulting smiles from their pumpkin pie, turkey, and all the fixings.
It’s an evolution on a spirit of service that allows for more connection and full stomachs during the holidays, and who couldn’t use a little more of that these days?
Central City Recreation Center is supported in part by Salt Lake County residents like you through Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks. For more information on recreation centers and community events with Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation, visit recreation.slco.org.
Disclaimer - The purpose of this site is to present matters of public interest in Salt Lake County, including its many
residents, businesses and visitors. We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns,
but please note this is a moderated online discussion site and not a public forum. Once posted, the
County reserves the right to delete submissions that contain vulgar language, personal attacks of any
kind, or offensive comments that target or disparage any ethnic, racial, or religious group. Further, the
County also reserves the right to delete comments that are: (i) spam or include links to other sites; (ii)
clearly off topic; (iii) advocate illegal activity; (iv) promote particular services, products, or political
organizations; or (v) infringe on copyrights or trademarks.
Please note that the comments expressed on this site do not reflect the opinions and position of the Salt
Lake County government, County agency management or County employees. If you have any questions
concerning the operation of this online moderated discussion site, please contact the sponsoring County