We Served 100 Thanksgiving Meals At The Amazon Golf Course

by Captain Bill

We served 100 Thanksgiving meals at the Amazon Golf Course on November 29th.

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Amazon Golf Course clubhouse with a fresh coat of paint, photographed from the green #9

My crew and I are exhausted. Not many crews in Peru could have done as good a job as my team. I’m proud of them. They started early and worked late for over a week. The 24 acre Amazon Golf Course was manicured, the clubhouse was painted, supplies were purchased, and everything organized.

For three days the tantalizing aromas of rich chicken broth simmering on the stove mingled with the smell of southern style cornbread, and dressing baking in the oven. The sounds of knives chopping vegetables, pots and pan being washed, and ingredients stirred together, were mixed with lots of laughter in our small bustling kitchen.

One of six Thanksgiving turkeys served at the Amazon Golf Course

One of the six 5 kilo Thanksgiving turkeys served at the Amazon Golf Course

Perhaps it is inappropriate for me to brag how wonderful the food tasted. It would be better if someone not so close to the cooking complimented us. But since I am the one writing this critique, let me just say it tasted like I wanted it to, and I liked it. Some did not appreciate Grannies Southern Cornbread Dressing as much as I did. It was very flavorful, with lots of sage, thyme, marjoram, and rosemary and the baked pollenta gave it a crunchy texture. I hate soggy dressing. That’s just my opinion. If you shared Thanksgiving Dinner at the Amazon Golf Course let us know your opinion in the comments below.

Management overcame all of the obstacles. Like when the Iquiteña Brewery called a few hours before they were supposed to bring us three tents, several tables, and a hundred chairs, to tell us they did not have any. When I threw a gringo fit, Marmelita reminded me, “Bill, we need solutions, not more problems.” We came up with one tent, several tables and 50 chairs. It was enough.

I am too full of turkey, noodles, dressing, potatoes, and mushrooms. We had a feast.

I am too full of turkey, noodles, dressing, potatoes, and mushrooms. We had a feast.

We served nearly 100 delicious Thanksgiving meals. We made new friends, and brought old friends close. We shared our vision of what the Amazon Golf Course can be, and made others aware for the first time of how beautiful it already is. We enjoyed lively, interesting, conversation, and had a fun day. Did I mention we played volleyball, soccer, and golf?

I posted 18 photographs on the Amazon Golf Course Blog. Click that link to know some of what we saw and did that day.

Thanks again to all who worked to make the Thanksgiving Day Celebration a success for the Amazon Golf Course, and to all of you that shared our day together.

View of the Amazon Golf Course from the observation deck of the clubhouse, in the golden light, on November 29, 2009

View of the Amazon Golf Course from the observation deck of the clubhouse, golden light, on November 29, 2009

We served 100 Thanksgiving meals at the Amazon Golf Course on November 29th.

Bill Grimes is the manager of the Amazon Golf Course, among many other endeavors.

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