My Turn: Thursday offers good meal, good cause

Habitat for Humanity’s Oktober-Feast fundraiser that takes place this evening at the First United Methodist Church in Portales has a dual purpose this year.

Betty Williamson

Betty Williamson

Besides raising money for affordable housing in Roosevelt and Curry counties, it is also a hands-on midterm exam for the dozen students in Eastern New Mexico University’s culinary arts program, who have been charged with catering the event.

Charles Broz, who oversees the culinary arts program at Eastern, says students from three of his classes — fruits and vegetables, international bread baking, and cuisine of cultures — have half of their midterm grade riding on the meal they are preparing for Habitat’s largest annual fundraiser.

They planned to spend Wednesday whipping up a bakery’s worth of German chocolate cakes, and are scheduled to be cooking today from their “temporary restaurant” (the FUMC kitchen), preparing bratwursts (both traditional and jalapeno), sauerkraut, homemade German potato salad and green beans — enough to feed the 300 or so people Habitat hopes will stop by from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the church fellowship hall to eat in or carry out.

“They can’t wait,” Broz said. “They love seeing people eat their food.”

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $10 for adults, $8 for military/students, and $6 for the under-12 crowd.

I am anticipating an A+ meal.

Betty Williamson would jump through a flaming hoop for a jalapeno bratwurst. You may reach her at

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