This week celebrates the first anniversary of the opening of The Dining Room in Dun Laoghaire, an inter-faith outreach project which sees volunteers from all walks of life preparing hot cooked lunches for the homeless, elderly and those experiencing food poverty and loneliness. I have had the pleasure of contributing in my own small way to this project by regularly donating the results of my love of baking, recipe tests and photo shoots.
The Dining Room is currently located in the quaint Parish Hall of Christ Church in Dun Laoghaire beside the People’s Park. Every time I drop in there is an amazing aroma of freshly cooking meals and the hum and chat of the volunteers working away. Along with check tablecloths and fresh flowers I can see how such a warm and welcoming environment must be appreciated by those who visit. Serving meals three days a week, often to 50 or more people it has become an integral part of the community. Such is the demand that plans are afoot for a new premises that would be open daily and for longer hours.
To mark the success of the scheme first anniversary celebrations took place this week with local dignitaries visiting on Tuesday for the official celebration. The organisers ordered a number of cakes to mark the occasion so I was delighted to make a lemon bundt, apple caramel cake and 100 vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. Pictured are volunteers Michela, Rosie, Marian and Louise taking charge of cupcakes!
A big round of applause to all those involved from the organisers and volunteers to local businesses and individual donators! Best wishes to The Dining Room in 2015! For more information see The Dining Room.