George Dohner and Jambalaya

On Thu, 23 Feb 2123

Dohner, Geroge (ES) Wrote:

Chef Emile,

Good afternoon.  My name is George Dohner and I'm planning a jambalaya dinner as a fund raiser for my church in Ellicott City MD. Each year since hurricane Katrina our church has sent a group of high school students and adults to Slidell LA for a mission trip during the students spring break.

Over the years, federal funding has decreased, and we now fund the trip  and building materials entirely on our own.  This year I am having a jambalaya dinner to raise money to offset the cost of the trip.  I found your website years ago and have been using your jambalaya recipe for years to rave reviews.

Would you be able to advise me how to make your recipe to serve upwards of 350 people?

I'm not a professional chef, I just have a passion for cooking and run the kitchen at our church as service to the Lord and my community.

Looking forward to hearing from you

George Dohner
We then chatted about a couple of tips and suggestions... He wrote back with this:

Good morning Chef,
Thanks again for the Jambalaya discussion a few weeks ago. We made 36 gallons of jambalaya this weekend to rave reviews. the 10 gallon pot work extremely well. Made a couple of batches. I have attached a couple of pictures of the event.
Your website is a great resource and look forward to try some more of your recipes in
the future.



NOW, ya gotta give it to them!! That is a great pan of Jambalaya!!

And THANKS, George for you and your church by continuing to help us out after K.... You and groups like y'all have helped rebuild New Orleans, and we will be eternally grateful.

George sent me this info about his church's youth group:

Youth on a Mission

YOAM is a high school and college age youth-led mission group. 

YOAM began in 2006 during a church mission trip following the destruction from Hurricane Katrina in the Slidell and New Orleans Louisiana areas. Six youth on the trip were led by faith to start this youth-led group. They were called to return to the area and bring others! They returned the following Spring Break and now plan and run annual trips to the area to help alleviate the devastation caused by the hurricane force winds and flooding. In 2012 there are still tens of thousands of homes still not re-occupied in the region.

YOAM has now grown to two trips a year. A spring break trip for High School age and older, and a College age and older trip over Winter break led by young adults, some of which started the Spring Break trip.  Each year over 100 youth and adults from local churches (Glen Mar UMC, Bethany UMC, St. Paulís RC, Grace Community, Heritage Community, and others) and local high schools attend YOAM trips working with the Epworth Project in Slidell.  The youth lead the group in organizing, training, and fundraising. Many lives of those who are served and those who serve on YOAM trips are positively changed by this experience. 


WOW, many thanks again!



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