Sweet holiday treat
Cinnamon stick logs make a barn beside a fence of pretzels in the gingerbread village at the Branch 92 Legion in Gananoque on November 30. Tickets will be sold to raffle off the creative masterpiece from now until Friday, December 22 at 3 for $5. All proceeds go to the Food Bank.
There is a chance to win a happy gingerbread village while helping out the local Food Bank.
“We are so happy to welcome this lovely gingerbread village that’s being raffled off as a fundraiser for the Food Bank,” said Gwen Hundrieser of the Gananoque and Area Food Bank. “We’re very appreciative. They’re selling tickets at the bar in the Branch 92 Legion – 3 for $5. The draw will be held at the Legion on Friday, Dec. 22, and we’re very thankful to Reg-Pearce. He’s an ongoing supporter of the Food Bank, and once again he’s doing a great service for us.”
Pearce is an executive chef working for Sodexo for the past 40 years. He was employed at Queen’s University in Kingston, and now works from home where he does a lot of menu and recipe development for special occasions. He was the executive chef for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC, and the Pan-Amgames two years ago in Toronto. He was also involved with the Rugby Cup in France, feeding athletes and others in Paris.
“It was three years work to get the menus in place and everything else,” said Pearce. “They had to be blessed by dieticians, then go to each of the teams to make sure that everyone was being fed properly. It was a lot of work, but well worth it in the end. I was the chef that fed Crosby his meal before he scored the winning goal. He came in, a very superstitious-man, and wanted spaghetti, which wasn’t on the pasta bar, so he asked me to make it for him. I made it and gave it to him, then said, ‘Best of luck tonight.’ He said, ‘ Thank you very much’, and when I walked in the door at home, he scored the winning goal.”
Pearce lives on Highway Two where he has a 70 acre family farm.
“We have large gardens and do grow some food, so I have been supplying the Food Bank with some produce and that for the last four years,” said Pearce. “This year wasn’t a great year because of all the rain and we didn’t getmuch to them, so I decided to do a little bit of a gingerbread village. We do gingerbread every year at the house for the kids, so I thought maybe we’d have those kids and the rest of the family and some friends do a gingerbread house for the Food Bank.
“It was lots of fun, and it took us a couple of weeks. My wife Christine did all of the gingerbread and my daughter Stacey helped out. We decorated it with some friends – Kim Moore, Jade Graham and I – and we came out with something that looks great for a first try. This is the first time I tried making a village. We’d always do gingerbread houses, so it’s not that difficult. Putting it together on a piece of plywood andmaking it into a village and trying to get everything squared away was a little more challenging.”
The project took on a life of its own and the final village is 32 inches wide by 48 inches long. Most of the items in it are edible, with the addition of tiny plastic accent pieces such as people, animals and signs.
“My brother-in-law, Bill Beswetherick, got the Legion interested, so we took it here and he’s going to sell the tickets for us,” said Pearce. “All of the proceeds will go to the Food Bank to help out.
“We try and keep the Food Bank in enough produce in the summer and will continue to do that as long as we are on the farm. They’re great people and we love helping out the community. The challenge would be to have everyone who can give food to the Food Bank. Let’s all get out there and grow a row for the Food Bank.”
Friend Roy Moore, left, helps Reg Pearce deliver the gingerbread village to the Branch 92 Legion in Gananoque on November 30. Tickets will be sold to raffle off the creative masterpiece from now until Friday, Dec. 22 at 3 for $5. All proceeds go to the Food Bank.
Reg Pearce with his amazing piece of work a complete gingerbread village at the Branch 92 Legion in Gananoque on November 30.
Measuring 32” x 48”, the gingerbread village at the Branch 92 Legion in Gananoque was put on display on November 30.
Cinnamon stick logs make a barn beside a fence of pretzels in the gingerbread village at the Branch 92 Legion in Gananoque on November 30.