Food Notes: Chef Seeks Families in Need

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/15/2016 10:00:30 PM
Modified: 11/15/2016 10:00:35 PM

Chef David McInnis, of Wicked Awesome BBQ in East Thetford, is looking for folks who could use a helping hand.

McInnis, of Norwich, mails gift certificates to people in need. He can’t give to everyone, but tries to target those going through a rough patch, such as an illness or recent loss of a job, and who have families to feed. The gift certificates can be used for meals from his shop by the Irving gas station off Route 5 in East Thetford or from his food truck, which travels around the region in the warmer months.

While he has always given to charities or schools that ask for donations, a couple of years ago he decided to do more, he said, in a phone interview.

“Everybody knows somebody that could use a little help,” he said.

He sends gift certificates of $50 to $60, enough so everyone in the family can get something to eat, he said. The gift certificates enable recipients to come in, pick something out and pay for it themselves.

“It’s really a very small thing to do, but it puts a smile on people’s faces,” he said.

The ability to purchase a prepared meal gives people a chance to take a break from cooking and cleaning up and saves the cost of the meal, he said.

“The little things, they add up,” he said.

McInnis, a trained chef, started Wicked Awesome BBQ six years ago. In the summer, he caters weddings, does pig roasts and, with his family, runs the food truck and East Thetford shop. Things quiet down some in the winter and he has a bit more time to focus on giving.

By posting information about his “Feed a Family” program on listservs and his website,, McInnis hopes people will send him names of friends and family who could use a meal, he said. He also hopes to encourage others to give what they can.

“I believe in karma,” he said. “It never hurts to help out your fellow person.”

McInnis can be reached via email at or 603-729-6213.

Meet and Greet

The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society invites members and shoppers to meet Edward Fox, the company’s new general manager, in a series of meet-and-greets in Hanover, Lebanon and White River Junction. The events will include food samples.

Fox, who began work at the Co-op in early September, comes to the Upper Valley after serving as vice president of operations for Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit in Boston that offers resources to low-income and homeless children. He previously served as chief operations officer of the Vermont Foodbank.

Opportunities to meet Fox include:

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., White River Junction store;

Dec. 1, 11-1, Lebanon store;

Dec. 15, 11-1, Hanover store.

For more information go to

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at or 603-727-3213.

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