Brick Pizzeria Chef/Owner David Pratt Tuesday was busily toiling in his kitchen to ready the restaurant not only for the day's lunch and dinner crowds, but also for Thursday's free holiday feast.
Pratt said he hopes to feed 300 to 500 homeless or needy families from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, an effort he wants to make a yearly occurrence at the 6-month-old gourmet pizzeria.
"When I designed the concept for this place, this is something what we'd talked about," Pratt said. "We would really like to give back to the community. I'm sure there'll be other events as well."
The restaurant is also holding a food and donation drive, the proceeds of which will go to San Clemente's Family Assistance Ministries pantry.
On the menu at Brick Thursday will be turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, bread, mashed potatoes and pie.
Most of the food was donated by Brick's year-round vendors, and the pies were donated by the Montage. But the restaurant could use some more of those, if any pastry chefs are reading.
"I'm not sure 20 pies are going to do it," he said.
To make donations or to volunteer at the Thursday feast, call 949-429-1199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.