Culinard students part of Mobile's Salvation Army "'Que Crew"

May 26, 2011

Cecil Morris of the Salvation Army is getting ready for the Army's annual
Memorial Day rib sale. (Mobile Press-Register file photo)

The Mobile Press-Register reports that the Salvation Army in Mobile has a batch of new recruits--students from Virginia College and Culinard in Mobile--to help with a popular Memorial Day weekend fundraiser.

For several years, Salvation Army chef Cecil Morris has marked the start of summer grilling season by cooking a thousand slabs of his award-winning ribs. They are sold for $25 per rack as a fundraising event for the Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama and their efforts to support homeless women and children in the community.

This year, Virginia College has joined as title sponsor and host for the event. Students from Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, will pitch in. "We're happy to be a part of this and to help however we can," said Chef Jason Lafferty, the program director for Culinard.

The partnership between Mobile's Salvation Army and the staff at Virginia College began last Thanksgiving. Students and instructors pitched in to aid in the organization's annual Thanksgiving meal program held in Bayou LaBatre. Students helped prepare and serve the meal.

In addition to buying full racks of ribs during the Memorial Day weekend, $10 gets you a plate of ribs with two sides. For information on the event, call (251) 438-1625.