FIT FOR A KING

Soup kitchen: Tourism board CEO over­sees gourmet meal prepa­ra­tion Food drive: Board fol­lows through on pledge to pope to help end hunger

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - DAILY TIMES - By Gary Puleo gpuleo@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mus­tangMan48 on Twit­ter

It smelled for all the world like Thanks­giv­ing Day at Siloam Bap­tist Church soup kitchen on Fri­day morn­ing.

But it was a chicken, not a turkey, roast­ing in the oven, un­der the watch­ful culi­nary eye of Val­ley Forge Tourism and Con­ven­tion Board CEO and oc­ca­sional chef Mike Bow­man.

Bow­man had en­listed the help of stu­dent chefs from the Culi­nary Arts In­sti­tute of Montgomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege and his own tourism board staff to help pre­pare and serve a gourmet-style meal for the soup kitchen guests, cul­mi­nat­ing the prom­ise of an ag­gres­sive Free­dom From Hunger food drive.

“I told them that what­ever they had at the soup kitchen I would make work, and they had chicken, so we made a slow-roasted, pan-seared chicken,” said Bow­man, who honed his cook­ing skills at such iconic restau­rants as the Parker House in Bos­ton and the Fon­tainebleau in Florida.

Round­ing out the menu were salad, grilled

GARY PULEO — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Help­ing to pre­pare a gourmet meal at Siloam Bap­tist Church soup kitchen Fri­day, Sept. 30, 2016, are, from left, An­gela Cilib­erto Lutz, David Sei­den­berg, Mike Bow­man, Me­lanie Ha­gen, Jes­sica Ja­cobs and Tay­lor Tro­pea.

GARY PULEO — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A Montgomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege Culi­nary Arts In­sti­tute stu­dent puts the fin­ish­ing touches on a plat­ter to be served at the Siloam Bap­tist Church soup kitchen on Fri­day, Sept. 30, 2016.

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