Thanksgiving Food, Family, Fun and Football

Thanksgiving brings back memories of good food, family, fun and football. In San Francisco, the high school football championship game has been played on Thanksgiving Day since 1924. In the late 1960s, I would come home from the game to a kitchen bustling with activity in anticipation of a delicious meal.

Beginning in the 1960s, folks could tune into home cook Julia Child on our local PBS station for inspiration about cooking. Her best selling book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was first published in 1961. By 1963, she had started creating her award winning educational television shows. She continued to create shows with her friend Jacques Pepin and she hosted other guest chefs. Here is a fun compilation of clips, set to music,  that may serve as Julia’s inspiration as you get ready for your Thanksgiving holiday:

It has been 10 years since Julia Child died in 2004. But her books and shows for PBS live on. Here is a link to collection of Julia Child PBS material:

Closer to home, as many of us prepare for Thanksgiving with our friends and families, volunteers at St. Anthony’s Dining Room in San Francisco are preparing for the holiday meals that will be served to more than 3,000 guests. And St. Anthony’s serves 3,000 guests every day. St. Anthony’s was opened in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood in 1950 to serve “hungry and homeless neighbors” according to the history at

In February 2014, California Senator Dianne Feinstein celebrated the organization’s longevity by serving the 40 millionth meal. Here is a news story from that day:

Just last month, a new dining was opened to continue serving the needy:

If you can help in any way, by volunteering or with a personal donation or connection to a corporation that can contribute to their work, please check out the Get Involved tab:

Wishing you a joyful holiday,