Restaurant at Hood seminary to serve free brunch for veterans
SALISBURY — A Salisbury catering company that serves lunch and Sunday brunch on the campus of Hood Theological Seminary will host a Sunday brunch for veterans, who with an ID can eat for free, said owner Jackie Kelly.
Kelly, who owns Tastey Creations II with partner Linda “Queen” Knight, said they have family members who are veterans and they wanted to do something for them.
The brunch will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Aymer Center, located at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive. She said all veterans have to do is say they are a veteran.
Knight said there are so many lunches and dinners or discounts offered to veterans on Veterans Day, but they wanted to celebrate with a free meal “on a different day so that they don’t just have that one day to eat.”
Kelly is the former head cook and lead supervisor for canteen services at the Salisbury VA Medical Center. She also helped her mother, Betty Kelly, with her catering company, Tastey Creations. Jackie Kelly has been operating Tastey Creations II for about three years; Knight joined her in March 2018.
Knight’s father, James Smyre, and her husband, Virgil Knight, are both Army veterans. Kelly’s grandfather, Robert Branch, was in the Army, and several uncles served in the Army or Marine Corps.
“I got to interact with veterans who worked there and that came there,” Kelly said of the Hefner VA. “It’s always been my thing to want to see them smile when they see good food. It’s my way of giving back to them.”
While veterans will eat free, any family or friends who attend will be charged. The cost for adults is $10 and for children, $5.
The women said the free brunch is something they plan to do next year.
“We want them to come out and enjoy themselves and bring their families and watch the game, sit back and relax, fellowship with one another,” Knight said.
Kelly serves meals to students at the Aymer Center. On Sundays, a brunch is open to the public from 1 to 6 p.m. with a 32-item buffet selection including desserts.
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