This month, volunteers from the Somerset Hills YMCA staged a healthy cooking class, dinner and fellowship at Valley Brook Village, a residential home for formerly homeless Veterans located on the VA property in Basking Ridge.
More than 15 volunteers helped plan, cook for and stage the event which attracted more than 40 resident Veterans.
Local chefs, Martin Hale and Nick Williams, both of Basking Ridge, invited participants to join in and help, learning many tips as they cooked, from the safe handling of knives, the use of basic seasonings for great flavors, and choosing affordable, yet healthy and tasty recipes.
After the cooking demonstration, everyone enjoyed a wonderful selection of dishes and fellowship.
As an added surprise and wrap up to the evening, four bagpipers from The Guard Pipes and Drums, a Basking Ridge bagpipe band, arrived and delighted the audience with a selection of favorite tunes.
“We get a lot of requests to perform at ceremonies and events but this one is special. It’s the least we can do to show our appreciation for those who have given so much,” said Paula Axt, a member of The Guard Pipes and Drums.