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Local restaurants are serving free Thanksgiving meals this year

Deja Brew in Meridian and Mulligans in Boise were two places that gave out free meals to people who didn’t have space to celebrate the holiday

BOISE, Idaho — Thanksgiving is a time to remember the things to be grateful for — and hundreds of Treasure Valley families can be thankful for community support this holiday.

Some Treasure Valley restaurants served free Thanksgiving meals to those in need or who didn’t have space.

Deja Brew Bistro in Meridian was one of those restaurants. They served dinner for nearly 600 people on Turkey Day.

This is their third year hosting family dinners. The idea for this came during COVID when many people were unable to be with their family and friends.

“I never really think about the whole thing, it’s the individual people that we’re talking to — like last week, who’ve called and registered and they’ll come and pick up their meals,” Cecyle Brock, owner of Deja Brew, said . “My heart is so full because they are so happy and so grateful. And I’m so thankful that we’re in a place where we can help.”

To serve that many people, Deja Brew needed an army, so Deja Brew had about 40 volunteers to help ensure families across the community could celebrate the holiday.

“We have some very talented volunteers with us today,” said David Knickrehm, Executive Chef at Deja Brew. “Everyone just has a great time listening to music and doing what we chefs do best — and that’s feeding people.”

Mulligan’s Pub and Eatery in downtown Boise is another restaurant that began serving free Thanksgiving meals three years ago for those who didn’t have room to celebrate the holiday.

Approximately 450 meals are expected to be served from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

This year’s dinner is special for the Mulligans staff. They are serving in honor of their friend, family member and owner Kaci Jo, whom they lost earlier this year.

Mulligans called their Thanksgiving service the Kaci Jo Commemorative Dinner.

“It feels great. Our old owner, Kaci, had a lot of fun doing stuff like that,” said Preston Crosswhite. “We did that and after that we always worked towards the Woman and Children’s Alliance to get all the donations that helped with the food and everything beyond that. Because after she dies, it’s one of those things where it’s a memory for her. And that’s why we’re definitely going to continue.”

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