An American chef will tonight serve up a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast for US expats living in Cork.
Californian native Michael Lamothe will spend the day slaving in the kitchens of the Cork International Hotel whipping up a buffet feast of roast turkey and ham, and all the trimmings like corn on the cob, peas and carrots, yams, cranberry sauce, pecan pie, and of course, the Thanksgiving staple — pumpkin pie.
He hopes the invite-only free event will help his fellow Americans living and working in Cork feel a little more at home on what is their biggest holiday.
“For Americans, nothing compares with the rich tradition of gathering together on the last Thursday of November each year to celebrate Thanksgiving,” he said.
“It’s one of my favourite times of year and, at Cork International Hotel, we’re looking forward to welcoming Americans living and working in Cork to celebrate the holiday by sharing a tasty festive meal.”
Michael, who has been living in Ireland for two years, married an Irish woman he met in San Francisco while she was on holidays there.
They had a long distance relationship for seven years but, while on his first visit to meet her family here, he decided to move to Cork.
The dinner will be hosted in the hotel’s newly refurbished Pacific dining room.
The hotel has organised for The Loungeman, Conor O’Shea, to entertain diners with American classics from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, and Tony Bennett.
The Thanksgiving feast was the brainchild of the hotel’s general manager, Aaron Mansworth, who worked in the Waldorf Austoria in New York.
“Having worked in the States for seven years I realised that nothing compares with the rich tradition of people getting together on the last Thursday of November to celebrate Thanksgiving,” he said.
“I enjoyed the holiday so much that I wanted to bring a bit of it to Cork, and have worked with Michael Lamothe to create a very special feast for our guests.”
Among those due to attend are Los Angeles singer Velvin Lamont, a contestant on
who now lives in Ballincollig, Wisconsin native Sara Breitenfeldt, the secretary of the Irish craft brewer’s association Beer Ireland, who has been in Ireland for four years and who is living in Passage West, blogger Evin O’Keeffe, who is originally from Washington DC, Karen McCarthy, the head of the Women’s Expat International group in Cork, who works in UCC and is from Los Angeles, and Ashley Markewinski from Ohio who works in UCC’s school of biological, earth, and environmental sciences.
Members of Cork’s American football team, the Cork Admirals, are also lined up.