3rd Annual Southside Community Thanksgiving Dinner to be Held at the Edington Center on Tuesday, November 22



In celebration of our community, Green Opportunities, the Asheville Housing Authority, Upfront Management Sports Agency, the Residents’ Council of the Asheville Housing Authority, and Southside community partners invite you to join us for the 3rd Annual Southside Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This holiday meal will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the gymnasium of the Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center, and is free and open to the public.


The GO Kitchen Ready program cooked 20 turkeys for last year’s dinner, which drew over 500 guests from across Asheville and the Southside neighborhood. This year, the Kitchen Ready team will prepare turkey, ham, side dishes, desserts, and drinks. We will be joined on the serving line by local civic leaders, including Mayor Esther Manheimer, Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler, District Attorney Todd Williams, and Terry Bellamy, Director of Communications for the Asheville Housing Authority.


“Breaking bread with family, friends, and community is what makes America great,” says Shuvonda Harper, Edington Center Office Assistant and a key partner for the Thanksgiving meal.


GO Kitchen Ready is a culinary training program that prepares graduates for employment in the food service industry through a partnership between Green Opportunities, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR).


According to Liam Luttrell-Rowland, Chef Director of GO Kitchen Ready, “the Thanksgiving meal at the Edington Center is now a tradition, and an example of cross sector partnership between city officials, Edington Center partners, GO Kitchen Ready and the community at large. This year, The Kresge Foundation is making it possible for us to host the biggest gathering yet, and we see this as an amazing opportunity to build fellowship through food and celebrate the Southside in new ways.”


This event is made possible through a partnership between Green Opportunities, Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, Residents Council of the Asheville Housing Authority, Upfront Management Sports Agency, MANNA Food Bank, Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center, Forever Living Clothes Closet, New Mount Olive Baptist Church, Brown Temple C.M.E. Church, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and Asheville Kitchen Cabinet.


We request that you please wear soft bottom shoes to the event (no high heels) to avoid damaging the gymnasium’s new floor.


For more information, please contact Gwen Hill at or (828) 398-4158 ext. 112.