LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN) - Bailey’s Seafood and Grill and Ema’s Cafe hosted their 29th annual thanksgiving luncheon on Thursday in which residents across Acadiana were able to come and enjoy a holiday meal.
Ema Haq, the owner of both restaurants, said that they gave out over 500 meals and were prepared to make 1,5000.
“The turkey was very moist, the rice dressing was very wonderful, the yams great, the pumpkin pie was scrumptious … I never had pumpkin pie until today and I tried it and it was wonderful,” Johnathan Blood, an attendee of the Luncheon, said.
Those who attended the luncheon were able to grab meals to go or dine in.
“Everyone needs a break from cooking, this is my day of taking a break,” Catherine M. Alleman, an attendee that grabbed meals to go, said.
Victoria Wallace, another attendee, said she doesn’t have much family in Lafayette, so she comes to Baileys every year for Thanksgiving.
“My family members live in Seattle, I go there for Christmas and I'm so thankful that I get to come here and have a nice meal,” she said.
Peter Mickens, another attendee, said that he is also thankful to have a place to eat on thanksgiving.
“I’ll tell you I'm 78 years old and this is one of the most charitable acts that I've ever seen in my life I would say,” Mickens said.
Haq puts on this event every year and he told News15 that is simply grateful to have yet another opportunity to give back to the community.
“I (don’t) think there is a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t want to reach out and sometimes if I have more I hope God gives me the opportunity to reach out much more than what I'm doing,” Haq said.
Haq plans to host the event again next year.