It’s rare to find something for free with no strings attached, but for the past six Thanksgiving days, that’s been the case at the Fedora restaurant in Coeur d’Alene. Anyone and everyone is welcomed in for a free Thanksgiving meal; singles, couples, kids; there are no qualifications. It’s a way for the restaurant to give back to the community that continues to support them year in and year out. As word continues to spread, so does the popularity with more than 1,500 meals served last year alone. Employees of the restaurant are joined by other community volunteers to help prep, cook, seat, serve and clean up.
The Fedora sets and atmosphere like you’re at home with family. The Thanksgiving Day Parade is shown in the morning followed by football all day. Guests are treated to carved turkey and scratch-made sides like rolls, vegetables, mashed potatoes and relish, and non-alcoholic beverages. Last year the Fedora went through upwards of 500 pounds of turkey and mixed up some 25 gallons of gravy so everyone could walk away with a full stomach.
This event is especially helpful for the aging population in our community. The holidays can be lonely if seniors aren’t able to travel, have recently lost a spouse, are living on a fixed income or just don’t want to prepare such a large meal for two people. There is never a charge for this dinner, and any gratuity laid out goes directly to nonprofit organizations throughout Coeur d’Alene.
If you would like to volunteer, sign up early as Fedora has previously had to turn away volunteers due to the overwhelming response. Doors are open from 11am to 4pm. Whether you are alone, or with a large family, all are welcome.