The City of Oakland’s Holiday Dinner welcomes low-income and homeless residents as well as senior citizens to celebrate the season in style with a complimentary feast at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Planners expect more than 2,000 people to attend the festive buffet, which is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Volunteers, including Mayor Jean Quan and approximately 40 hotel employees, will serve the holiday repast.
The City of Oakland’s Holiday Dinner is presented by the city’s Department of Human Services & Community Action Partnership, Communities United Committee and the Emergency Food Providers Advisory Committee in partnership with the Oakland Marriott City Center. Sponsors include the Oakland Raiders, the Golden State Warriors and Marresse Speights of the Golden State Warriors, among others.
“I heard that they were going to cancel the dinner if there was no assistance with funding and I knew that I had to help. If I did not contribute and then heard it was cancelled, I would have felt responsible,”commented Speights. “The date for the event changed a couple times, so when it was finalized and I found out I was on the road and could not attend, I was disappointed as I would love to be there. The Bay Area and our fans have been so good to me since I’ve been here with the Warriors and I’m glad to have the opportunity to be able to provide these thousands of people the opportunity to attend their annual dinner once again this year.”
Michael Wolf, executive chef of the Oakland Marriott City Center, and his team will produce approximately 900 pounds of turkey, 40 gallons of gravy, 500 pounds of mashed potatoes, 400 pounds of salad, 220 pumpkin pies and other trimmings fit for a holiday feast.
Having prepared the community dinner for nearly 20 years, Wolf explains, “This is a feel good event. Our staff loves working with the City of Oakland to put together this celebration because we can provide for people who normally don’t receive this type of service.”
Throughout the year, the Oakland Marriott City Center donates excess non-perishable food items from meetings and events to the Salvation Army. General Manager Lisa Kershner explains, “We feel it is important to give back to our community and look forward to hosting this very special event for many years to come.”
Monday, December 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Oakland Marriott City Center at 1001 Broadway, Oakland, California 94607